CROW IS MY BOSS: THE ORAL LIFE HISTORY OF A TANACROSS ATHABASKAN ELDER.
is an Athabaskan elder from the village of Tanacross, Alaska.
The Scollons also comment on the distinct manner in which the disparate groups will handle communication with an unfamiliar person: "If they don't know each other well, the English speaker will start talking to find out what the Athabaskan
is like, while the Athabaskan
will wait to see what the other person is like" (26-7).
This now includes 92 churches and chapels, where worship is conducted in English and Slavonic, as well as Aleut, Eskimo, Lingit and Athabaskan
In this study Alaska natives are separately identified, including Eskimos, Aleuts, Athabaskans
, and Tlingits, plus "All other tribes" if they were born in Alaska (to identify Haidas, Tsimshians, and others).
While the Navajos share a body of bear beliefs and practices with the Pueblos, the similarities to both the northern Athabaskans
of Western Canada and Alaska, and especially to other Southern Athabaskans
- the Apaches - are more direct and obvious.
Although I must admit to bias because of my long-standing interest in the region and its people, I found this book a thoroughly enjoyable and very valuable contribution to the literature on Athabaskans
, particularly their oral literature.
The recent publication of a tale from the Athabaskan
oral tradition, Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival, represents an instance of what Vizenor calls "the sudden closures of the oral in favor of the scriptural.
When I learned that the Dena'ina Athabaskans
who first inhabitated the Cook Inlet area called the inlet something that translated to "Big-Water River" and marked its directions as upstream, downstream and across, I understood withe new clarity how the language was confirming the landscape, the landscape shaping the language.
Peter John, traditional chief of the Athabaskans
of Alaska and spiritual leader to thousands beyond that, presented me with this dilemma as I brought him communion in his home in Minto.
have lived in Interior Alaska for thousands of years, imprinting the region with their rich cultural and societal legacy, but achieving little economic impact.
In this place where we fish, the original inhabitants were Dena'ina Athabaskans
Choctaw and Lakota sat with Hopi and Athabaskans
, brought together for the first time to talk about their environmental battles.
TCC's goal for the coming year, according to Mayo, is to mobilize Interior Athabaskans
Richard Nelson, a writer and cultural anthropologist, has been studying native peoples and their relationship to nature for nearly 30 years, during which time he has lived among Inupiaq Eskimos, the Gwich'in Athabaskans
, and the Koyukon.