Notable Resources

Books, reports, articles, some by Alaska Native authors, on culture, education, subsistence, etc.

Allen, J. A. (1978). A Whaler and Trader in the Arctic. Anchorage:  Alaska Northwest Publishers.
Memoirs of a resident of Arctic area describing whaling.

Andrews, S. B. & J. Creed. (1998). Authentic Alaska: voices of its Native writers. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Collection of writing by over 40 contemporary Alaska Native attesting to the spirit of survival despite the turmoil of cultural upheaval, bearing witness to significant change among their people.

Arndt, K. (1996). Released to Reside Forever in the Colonies: Founding of a Russian American Company Retirement Settlement at Ninilchik, Alaska.  In Davis, N.Y. & W. E. Davis, Eds., Adventure Through Time: Readings in the Anthropology of Cook Inlet, Alaska. Anchorage: Cook Inlet Historical Society.

Antonson, J. A. (1985). Alaska’s Heritage. Anchorage: Alaska Historical Society.

Barnhardt, R., & O. Kawagley. (2010). Alaska Native Education. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Knowledge Network.

Berkhofer, R., Jr. (1978).The White Man’s Indian New York: Vintage Books.
A classic on the perceptions and images that have defined the views of white people about Native Americans as seen in literature.

Bigjim, F. 1983. Sinrock. Portland: Press 22.
Poetry by an Iñupiaq from Northwest Alaska.

Blackman, M. B. (1989). Sadie Brower Neakok: An Inupiaq Woman. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Blackman, M.  B. (1992). During My Time: Florence Edenshaw Davidson, A Haida Woman. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Boas, F. (1964). The Central Eskimo Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
Reprint of the work of one of the leading early anthropologists.

Bodfish, W. (1991). Kusiq. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press.

A personal account of life in the North Slope of Alaska by an Iñupiat Elder.

Boeri, D. (1983). People of the Ice Whale. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
A journalist who was a guest in an Alaskan St. Lawrence Island community and then wrote a text without inviting community comment on the text before publishing.

Bowden, H. W. (1981). American Indians and Christian Missions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
An analysis of the cultural encounters between Christian missionaries and Native American communities and religions.

Briggs, J. (1970). Never In Anger. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

An anthropologist describes the child rearing practices of an Inuit family.

Breinig, J. (2001). Alaskan Haida Narratives: Maintaining Cultural Identity Through Subsistence in M. A. Nelson & E. Hoffman (Eds.), Telling the Stories: Essays on American Indian Literatures and Cultures, New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Breinig, J. Alaskan Haida Stories of Growth and Regeneration. American Indian Quarterly 30 (Winter/Spring 2006): 110-118.

Brown, E. I. (1981). The Roots of Ticasuk: An Eskimo Woman Family Story. Portland: Alaska Northwest Publishing Company.

Brody, H. (1981). Maps and Dreams. New York: Pantheon Press.
An anthropologist encounters a powerful and troubling experience among a Canadian Indian tribe.

Brody, H. (1987). Living Arctic Seattle: University of Washington Press.

A white Canadian account of the pressures faced by the Natives of Arctic Canada.

Brown, D. (1970). Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee. New York: Holt, Rhinehart and Winston.

Modern classic that details how the west was taken.

Brown, E. I. (Ticasuk) (1981). The Longest Story Ever Told. Anchorage: Alaska Pacific University.
An Iñupiaq who has written a version of a traditional tale in English.

Brown, E. I. (1987). Tales of Ticasuk: Eskimo Legends and Stories. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press.

Cline, M. (1975). Tannik School: The Impact of Education on the Eskimos of Anaktuvuk Pass. Anchorage: Alaska Methodist University Press.

Creed, J. (Producer) & D. Dayo (Researcher). (1988) Our Land, Our Future: The 1991 Amendments to the Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement Act, A Video Instructional Series for Alaska High School Students. Juneau: Alaska Department of Education. Online: http://ankn.uaf.edu/curriculum/ANCSA/olof/index.html

Darnell, F. & A. Hoem. (1996). Taken to Extremes: Education in the Far North. Oslo, Norway: Scandinavian Press.

Dauenhauer, N. M., & R. Dauenhauer, Eds.  (1987). Haa Kusteeyi, Our Culture: Tlingit Life Stories: Classics of Tlingit Oral Literature. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Damas, D. & W. Sturtevant, Eds. (1984). Handbook of North American Indians. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution.
A series of articles on the history of the various Arctic peoples.

Degnan, F. (1999). Under the Arctic Sun: The Life and Times of Frank and Ida Degnan. Unalakleet: Cottonwood Bark.

Memories, interviews and pictures of Unalakleet and the surrounding area.

Fienup-Riordan, A. (1991). Real People and the Children of Thunder: The Yup’ik Eskimo Encounter with Moravian Missionaries John and Edith Kilbuk. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.

Fienup-Riordan, A. (2003). Freeze Frame: Alaska Eskimos in the Movies. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Frank, J. & S. Frank. (1995). Neerihiinijik: We Traveled From Place to Place: The Gwich’in Stories of Johnny and Sarah Frank. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Native Language Center.

Frank, R. (1991). Richard Frank, Fairbanks Native Association, Project Jukebox. Interview by William Schneider, October 2, 1991, Fairbanks: University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Harper-Haines, J. (2000). Cold River Spirits: The legacy of an Athabascan-Irish family from Alaska’s Yukon River. Kenmore:  Epicenter Press.

Hensley, W. (2008). Fifty Miles to Tomorrow: A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux.

Hope, I. & M. Dimi. N.D. Strong Man: A Tlingit Story. Juneau: Association of Alaska School Boards.

Kan, S. (1999). Memory Eternal: Tlingit Culture and Russian Orthodox Christianity through Two Centuries. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Kaplan, L. (1989). Inupiaq and the Schools. Juneau: Alaska Department of Education.

Nelson, R. K. (1980). Shadow of the Hunter: Stories of Eskimo Life. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Okakok, L. (1989, Winter). Serving the Purpose of Education. Harvard Educational Review, 59:4, 405-423.  Retrieved from: http://her.hepg.org/content/j774101814p68423/fulltext.pdf

Oleksa, M. (1995). Another Culture/Another World. Juneau: Association of Alaska School Boards.

Ongtooguk, P. (1987). Selected Readings for Inupiaq Studies. Kotzebue: Northwest Arctic Borough School District.

Ongtooguk, P. (2000). Aspects of Traditional Inupiat Education. Online: http://www.alaskool.org/native_ed/Pauls_doc2.htm

Oquilluk, W. A. (1973). People of Kauwerak: Legends of the Northern Eskimo. Anchorage:  Alaska Methodist University Press. Out of print but available on Alaskool.

Ray, C. (1959). A Program of Education for Alaska Natives. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press.

Sackett, J. (1991). John Sackett, Fairbanks Native Association, Project Jukebox. Interview by Bernice Joseph, December 13, 1991, Fairbanks: University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Senungetuk, J. (1972). Give or Take a Century. San Francisco:  Indian Historian Press.

Smelcer, J. E. (2006). The Day That Cries Forever: Stories of the Destruction of Chenega During the 1964 Alaska Earthquake. Anchorage: Todd Communications.

Wells, J. K. (1974). Ipani: A Cycle of Life in Nature. Anchorage: Alaska Methodist University Press. Out of print but available on Alaskool.

Wohlforth, C. (2005). The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change. New York: North Point Press.

Wright, M. H. (1995). The Last Great Indian War (Nulato, 1851): A Master’s Thesis. Fairbanks: University of Fairbanks.