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Ahtna Travel Narratives

A Demonstration of Shared Geographic Knowledge among Alaska Athabascans

by McKinley, Jim

Stickwan, Frank

Tansy, Jake

John, Katie

Sanford, Adam

60 p, 23 halftones, 22 maps, 1 CD, 10 1/2 x 8 1/2

Format: paper

Price: $20.00


Among the world’s foremost pedestrian foragers, the Ahtna tribe possesses a profound system of geographic knowledge that has facilitated travel and spatial cognition in Ahtna and other Athabascan languages. Shedding light on a number of precise landscape classifications, including Ahtna place names and river directionals, these indigenous travel narratives represent walking tours comprising more than one thousand miles of traditional routes and trails in the Ahtna-language area. Providing context for these narratives are maps, photos, interviews, and a wealth of ethnographic, linguistic, historical, and methodological information.

A unique and fascinating study of [the Athabascans] and their culture, language, and lore.

—Midwest Book Review

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