Synopses & Reviews
The range of the Denaand#8217;ina 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. Denaand#8217;inaqand#8217; Huchand#8217;ulyeshi
, a new catalog of Denaand#8217;ina materials, is an ambitious project that finally brings their culture to light.
Lavishly illustrated with more than six hundred photographs, maps, and drawings, Denaand#8217;inaqand#8217; Huchand#8217;ulyeshi contains 469 entries on Denaand#8217;ina objects in European and American collections. It is enriched with examples of traditional Denaand#8217;ina 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.
This beautifully photographed book catalogs the collection of nearly five hundred Alutiiq cultural items held by the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, or the Kunstkamera, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Gathered between 1780 and 1867, many of the artifacts are composed of fur, feathers, gut, hair, and other delicate materials, which prevent their transport for display or study.To document these artifacts for the public, the Kunstkamera collaborated with the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, Alaska. Together, anthropologists and members of the Alutiiq community combined the collection records with cultural knowledge and high-resolution digital imagery and worked to name objects, describe their uses, and detail the materials used in their construction. As a result, this book will provide the Alutiit, Alaskans, Russians, and the global community with lasting access to one of the oldest, most extensive ethnographic collections from the central Gulf of Alaska.
About the Author
Yuri E. Berezkin is the head of the American department of the Kunstkamera Museum.and#160;
Katherine Arndt is the bibliographer and curator of rare books at the Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.Lois Fields is a translator and businesswoman in Anchorage and southcentral Alaska.
Table of Contents
Elders, Advisers, and Lenders to the Exhibition
Introduction and Acknowledgments
1 Introduction to Denaandrsquo;ina Culture and History, by James A. Fall
2 Quyushi Uqu Cheandrsquo;elandrsquo;ani: Beluga Hunting, by Shem Pete
3 An Overview of Research on Denaandrsquo;ina Culture, History, and Language, by James A. Fall
4 Denaandrsquo;ina Archaeology, by Douglas Reger
5 Denaandrsquo;ina Qeshqa: Leaders and Political Organization, by James A. Fall
6 The Nulchina Clan Origin Story of the Upper Inlet Denaandrsquo;ina, told by Shem Pete with assistance from Billy Pete; transcription and commentary by James A. Fall
7 andldquo;What Is Good, What Is No Goodandrdquo;: The Traditional Denaandrsquo;ina Worldview, by Alan Boraas
8 Yeandrsquo;uh Qachandrsquo;daltsandrsquo;iyi: andldquo;What We Live On from the Outdoorsandrdquo;, by Karen Evanoff and Michelle Ravenmoon
9 Dachandrsquo;hdi lu tandrsquo;qidyuqandhellip; andldquo;and thatandrsquo;s the way it happenedandrdquo;: The Tradition of Denaandrsquo;ina Storytelling, by Joan M. Tenenbaum
10 Gunhti Stsukduandrsquo;a: Ki Nchandrsquo;ukandrsquo;a andldquo;Tanainaandrdquo; Ghayeleandrsquo; This is My Story: andldquo;Tanainaandrdquo; No More, by Aaron Leggett
11 An Inland Denaandrsquo;ina Material Culture Anthology, by James Kari
12 Photo Essay: Making a Whitefish Trap
13 andldquo;Dressed as a Rich Personandrdquo;: Denaandrsquo;ina Clothing in the Nineteenth Century, by Judy Thompson
14 Silent Messaging: Quill and Bead Ornament on Nineteenth-Century Denaandrsquo;ina Clothing, by Kate C. Duncan
15 Denaandrsquo;ina Collections in the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), by Sergei Korsun
16 Adrian Jacobsenandrsquo;s Denaandrsquo;ina Collection in the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin, by Viola Kandouml;nig
17 Catalog of Discovery: Denaandrsquo;ina Material Culture in Museum Collections
The Denaandrsquo;ina Sound System and Orthography, by James Kari
About the Authors