Publication: Life Woven with Song
Publisher: University of
Published in 2000
The Tlingit Indians of southeastern Alaska are known for
their totem poles, Chilkat blankets, and oceangoing canoes.
Nora Marks Dauenhauer is a cultural emissary of her people
and now tells the story of her own life with the context
of her community.
Life Woven with Song recreates in written language the oral
traditions of the Tlingit people as it records memories
of Dauenhauer's heritage. Through poetry, prose, and plays,
she affirms the goodness of life as found in family and community,
in daily work and play, and in tribal traditions.
Publication: Gathering Native Alaskan Music and Words
Surreal Studios/Nightwork Records, Anchorage, Alaska
Lucille Davis is an Alutiiq Elder originally from the Kodiak
Island Village of Karluk. She has shared many childhood memories,
woven with Sugpiaq, the language of her People and the values
of her ancestors. Lucille has been an ambassador for the
Alutiiq people, sharing her stories with visitors at the
Alaska Native Heritage Center and children throughout the
Anchorage School District. Lucille is a treasured guest at
many special cultural events that take place on Kodiak Island.
She currently resides in Anchorage, close to her daughter.
Publication: Agayuliyaraput: Kegginaqut, Kangiit-llu
Way of Making Prayer: Yup'ik Masks and the Stories They Tell
Anchorage Museum of History and Art in association with
the University of Washington Press
Published in 1996
Marie "Arnaq" Meade is a Yup'ik woman from the
village of Nunapicuar. In her work as a translator and transcriber
for the Yup'ik Elders, she has traveled with them to visit
museums in Berlin, Germany and New York. She has also been
a translator for the Calista Elders and Youth convention.
She is currently involved with the Smithsonian Institute
and the National Museum of American Indian in a new Yup'ik
exhibit to be housed in the new National Museum of American
Indian museum being built in Washington DC. She currently
resides in Anchorage, Alaska where she teaches Yup'ik classes
Publication: Koyukon Athabaskan Dictionary
Publisher: Alaska Native Language Center
Published in 2000
Eliza Jones is a Koyukon Athabascan Linguist from Koyukuk,
Alaska. She was born and raised in a camp near Huslia. She
has worked for over 25 years at the Alaska Native Language
Center in Fairbanks transcribing the work of Father Jetté and
Native Elders from the Koyukon Athabascan area. She also
works as a Koyukon Language teacher for ANLC and teaches
the langueage and culture at Ella B. Vernetti School in Koyukuk.
Her work has culminated into an excellent production of the
book, Koyukon Athabascan Dictionary, which incorporates Koyukon
knowledge, worldview, technology, social life, history, traditional
stories, spiritual beliefs and values of the Koyukon Athabascan.
Her work has and continues to contribute immensely to the
survival of the Koyukon Language. Because of her work, her
children, grandchildren and students are learning the culture,
language and values of the Koyukon Athabascan.
Lela Kiana Oman
Publication: Epic of Qayaq
Publisher: Carleton University Press in collaboration with Carleton University
Art Gallery. Printed and bound in Canada.
Published in 1995
Lela Kiana Oman was born in 1915 at Noorvik, Alaska. She
is the seventh child of Jim and Emma Kiana. She started writing
this book in the mid 1940's while she was running a roadhouse
in a mining town of Candle, Alaska. She heard these tales
from Inupiat people who were passing through her roadhouse.
She kept the stories for thirty years in a box. In 1975,
she looked at them and wished to make the stories into a
month long tale out of them.
The tale is about a man named Qayaq who travels in a kayak
and by foot through Kobuk, Selawik, Noatak and the Yukon
rivers. Qayaq wanders on through the Arctic Ocean to Barrow,
to Herschel Island in Canada and all the way to a Tlingit
Indian village. This book is illustrated from collections
of art by Priscilla Tyler and Maree Brooks, both Inuit artists.
Lela presently resides in Nome, Alaska