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This book draws on little-known oral histories from the Yup’ik people of southwest Alaska to detail a period of bow-and-arrow warfare that took place in the region between 1300 and 1800. The result of more than thirty years of research, discussion, and field recordings involving more than one hundred Yup’ik men and women, Anguyiim Nalliini tells a story not just of war and violence, but also of its cultural context—the origins of place names, the growth of indigenous architectural practices, the personalities of prominent war- riors and leaders, and the eventual establishment of peaceful coexistence. The book is presented in bilingual format, with facing-page translations, and it will be hailed as a landmark work in the study of Alaska Native history and anthropology.
In Anguyiim Nalliini / Time of Warring, Fienup-Riordan and Rearden present the history of warfare in this region with many elders’ narratives that replace this false image of history with one that is historically more accurate. . . . The inclusion of stories in both Yup’ik and English provides an excellent opportunity to bridge cultural and linguistic boundaries, transmitting oral narrative to written form.
—Alaska Journal of Anthropology
Ann Fienup-Riordan is an anthropologist who has lived and worked in Alaska for more than forty years. She has written and edited more than twenty books on Yup’ik history and oral traditions.
Alice Rearden is an Alaska-based translator and oral historian.