It took more than a century for colonialism to reach
Alaska after the first Europeans set foot in what
would become the continental United States. For the
Iñupiaq settled at the very top of the world, their
complex society remained unknown and undisturbed
longer than many other Native tribes in America.
Ernest S. Burch, Jr., dedicated most of his life and
career to understanding this precolonial period and
the lives of the Natives of Northwest Alaska. Iñupiaq
Ethnohistory finally collects in one place Burch’s
critical research in this area, bringing to light work
that had once been buried in scholarly books or
scattered across journals. It is a fascinating and
accessible window into a now-vanished world.
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