Iñupiat Urban Legends:
An Analysis of Contemporary Iñupiat Living in an
A Project Presented to the Faculty
of the University of Alaska Fairbanks
In Partial Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the Degree of
Master of Arts in Cross Cultural Studies
C. Sean Topkok, B.A.
The urban Iñupiat have a story to share with other Iñupiat.
It is not blood quantum that defines the Alaska Native. All contemporary Iñupiat
have adapted to contemporary times, whether they live in a rural community
or in an urban setting. Western influence has affected all of our lives.
The analysis of contemporary Iñupiat
living in an urban environment will contribute to the understanding of all
Iñupiat today. The adaptations
are relevant wherever the Iñupiat live. This is a fairly new research
concept, since the situation of urban Iñupiat occupation is occurring
more frequently nowadays. This may directly relate to other Alaska Native
groups living in an urban environment.
Native group has their own set of Native values. The Native values help
define their Native cultural heritage. How the Alaska Native people define
who they are is interconnected with the Alaska Native values that the Elders
have established to pass on to the future cultural bearers.
I want to thank Ronald Brower, Sr. for helping
me with the proper translation for my research title. I also want to thank
the Pavva Iñupiaq Dancers and
the urban Iñupiat for their continued support of my research.
Most importantly, quyanaqpak to my family for the
inspiration, and to my late mother who instilled the importance of
my family values.