Lifeways in Southwest Alaska today remain inextricably bound to the seasonal cycles of sea and land. Community members continue to hunt, fish, and
make products from the life found in
the rivers and sea. Based on a wealth
of oral histories collected through decades of research, this book explores
the ancestral relationship between
Yup’ik people and the natural world
of Southwest Alaska.
studies the overlapping
lives of the Yup’ik with native plants,
animals, and birds, and traces how
these relationships transform, as more
Yup’ik people relocate to urban areas
and as the environment changes.
The book is presented in bilingual
format, with facing-page translations,
and will be hailed as a milestone work
in the anthropological study of contemporary Alaska.
With Alice Rearden, Marie Meade, David Chanar, Rebecca Nayamin, and Corey Joseph.
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