What the Elders Have Taught Us: Alaska Native Ways (Paperback)

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What the Elders Have Taught Us: Alaska Native Ways (Paperback)

By Roy Corral (Photographer), Natives of Alaska, Will Mayo (Introduction by)

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As Alaska's Native peoples confront contemporary challenges, they increasingly find strength in the traditional values and practices that have sustained their cultures for millennia. In stirring words, What the Elders Have Taught Us pays tribute to the first Alaskans and the ancient values they consider paramount. Ten essayists, one from each of Alaska's diverse Native cultures, were asked to write about a specific value that is common to all, lessons that have been part of their oral teachings for countless generations. The resulting essays are infused with personal reflection as well as profound truths. Featuring Roy Corral's outstanding photography, What the Elders Have Taught Us offers rare insight into the lives of Alaska's First People--at work and play, in celebration and sorrow--living out the legacy handed down by the elders.

Roy Corral has been a photojournalist working in Alaskan photography since 1986. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in photojournalism from the University of Alaska and worked as ALASKA magazine's photo editor for five years. He also worked as a photojournalist for Alaska Newspapers Inc., where his Alaska landscape pictures appeared in Alaska's rural newspapers--"Tundra Drums," "Cordova Times," "Dutch Harbor Fisherman," "Arctic Sounder," "Seward Log," and "Bristol Bay Times." His Alaska nature photography has also been published in "National Geographic," "Outside," "Sierra," "Backpacker," and "Forbes," just to name a few. His extensive travels across Alaska have included visiting nearly every village and town across an area roughly one-fifth the size of the continental United States, giving him a unique understanding about the multifaceted nature of Alaska's people and places.
Product Details ISBN: 9780882409092
ISBN-10: 0882409093
Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2013
Pages: 108
Language: English

“This wonderful book gives the reader a glimpse into the cultural soul of the Alaska Native people, revealing how culture is very much alive and traditions are thriving.”
—Margaret Nelson, Tlingit, Eagle moiety, President and CEO Alaska Native Heritage Center

“. . . a must-read for every Alaskan—not just Natives. It takes 10 universal values of Natives, borrowed with permission from the Alaska Native Knowledge Network, and provides an essay from an Alaskan Native detailing that value.”
The Frontiersman
 
“. . . eloquent words of wisdom from Native elders illuminate the rigors of daily life and the joys of family in this warm tribute to Alaska’s Native peoples.”
Alaska Airlines Magazine
 



“As Alaska's natives confront the realities of modern living which are changing not only their culture but their familiar environment, they're drawing strength in renewed attention to their heritage—and Alaska Native Ways: What the Elders Have Taught Us is an important tribute to this strength. General-interest libraries as well as Native American specialty collections receive an oversized, coffee-table-type display of gorgeous full-page color photos by Roy Corral, with accompanying text by Natives and an introduction by Will Mayo. The text is ten essays, one from each of Alaska's Native cultures, which explores and teaches one special value common to their teachings over the generations: as such they provide not only a tribute to, but a celebration and re-affirmation of Alaskan Native ways in a lovely, highly recommended display piece.”

 —Diane C. Donovan, California Bookwatch


“Ten essayists, one from each of Alaska’s diverse Native cultures, were asked to write about a specific value that is common to all, lessons that have been part of their oral teachings for countless generations. The resulting essays are infused with personal reflection as well as profound truths.”
Anchorage Daily News
 
“The writers take the reader into the villages with them through their words. You see the trials and tribulations of trying to make a living in the commercial fishing industry, you learn about how Native Alaskans have learned to live off the land through teachings from their elders, and about how the past helps shape the future, among other things.”
The Frontiersman