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Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi: The Dena'ina Way of Living


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The range of the Denaina people stretches from the Cook Inlet region to southcentral Alaska and has been established for a thousand years. Yet their culture has largely been overlooked, leaving large gaps in the literature. Denainaq Huchulyeshi, a new catalog of Denaina materials, is an ambitious project that finally brings their culture to light.

Lavishly illustrated with more than six hundred photographs, maps, and drawings, Denainaq Huchulyeshi contains 469 entries on Denaina objects in European and American collections. It is enriched with examples of traditional Denaina narratives, first-person accounts, and interviews. Thirteen essays on the history and culture of the Athabascan people put the pieces into a larger historical context. This catalog is a comprehensive reference that will also accompany a large-scale exhibition running September 2013 through January 2014 at the Anchorage Museum.

About the Author

James Fall is statewide program manager for the Division of Subsistence, Alaska Department of Fish and Game. 
Aaron Leggett is special exhibitions curator at the Anchorage Museum. 

Table of Contents

Yagheli Du!


Elders, Advisers, and Lenders to the Exhibition

Introduction and Acknowledgments


1 Introduction to Dena’ina Culture and History, by James A. Fall

2 Quyushi Uqu Che’el’ani: Beluga Hunting, by Shem Pete

3 An Overview of Research on Dena’ina Culture, History, and Language, by James A. Fall

4 Dena’ina Archaeology, by Douglas Reger

5 Dena’ina Qeshqa: Leaders and Political Organization, by James A. Fall

6 The Nulchina Clan Origin Story of the Upper Inlet Dena’ina, told by Shem Pete with assistance from Billy Pete; transcription and commentary by James A. Fall

7 “What Is Good, What Is No Good”: The Traditional Dena’ina Worldview, by Alan Boraas

8 Ye’uh Qach’dalts’iyi: “What We Live On from the Outdoors”, by Karen Evanoff and Michelle Ravenmoon

9 Dach’hdi lu t’qidyuq… “and that’s the way it happened”: The Tradition of Dena’ina Storytelling, by Joan M. Tenenbaum

10 Gunhti Stsukdu’a: Ki Nch’uk’a “Tanaina” Ghayele’ This is My Story: “Tanaina” No More, by Aaron Leggett

11 An Inland Dena’ina Material Culture Anthology, by James Kari

12 Photo Essay: Making a Whitefish Trap

13 “Dressed as a Rich Person”: Dena’ina Clothing in the Nineteenth Century, by Judy Thompson

14 Silent Messaging: Quill and Bead Ornament on Nineteenth-Century Dena’ina Clothing, by Kate C. Duncan

15 Dena’ina Collections in the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), by Sergei Korsun

16 Adrian Jacobsen’s Dena’ina Collection in the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin, by Viola König

17 Catalog of Discovery: Dena’ina Material Culture in Museum Collections


The Dena’ina Sound System and Orthography, by James Kari

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Jones, Suzi
University of Alaska Press
Fall, James A.
Leggett, Aaron
Anthropology - General
anthropology;cultural anthropology
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600 color plates
10 x 10 in

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