This biography of Charles Edwardsen, Jr. (Etok), an Eskimo radical, is the story of the struggle to protect Alaska Native land rights and way of life in the face of the relentless onslaught of Western culture.
Etok is a contradiction in terms -- wild-eyed and mystic, by turns incredibly rude and terribly vulnerable, but always politically astute. He is both a product of his own ancient culture and a prophet of our times. Etok is the only book which gives an account -- from the Alaska Native point-of-view -- of how Alaska Natives organized and fought to obtain the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. As such, it is a valuable part of Alaska history. It is a story that should make every Native American proud.
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The author is a writer and scholar on the Washington scene. He served in the Johnson White House and as a Senate staffer. His previous books include: the just released, Nothing to Fear: FDR in Photographs (Vandamere Press, 2001); the internationally acclaimed Roosevelt biography, FDR's Splendid Deception, 3rd Edition (Vandamere Press, 1999); Black Bird Fly Away: Disabled in an Able-bodied World (Vandamere Press, 1998); By Trust Betrayed: Patients, Physicians, and the License to Kill in the Third Reich, 2nd Edition (Vandamere Press, 1995); and Advise and Obstruct: The Role of the United States Senate in Foreign Policy Decisions (Delacorte, 1969), a Pulitzer Prize Nominee. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, People, Mainstream, and many other publications. He is a highly regarded and popular speaker nationwide on both disability and presidential history. He is the father of the Architectural Barriers Act, and considered to be the grandfather of the Disability Rights Act. Gallagher contracted paralytic polio in 1952. He was rehabilitated at the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation. He is paraplegic, uses a wheelchair, and lives in Cabin John, Maryland. In 1995 he was awarded the prestigious Henry B. Betts award in recognition of his lifelong contributions to disability thought.Review:
...As the first account of the development of Eskimo Power and their vast land reclamation, Etok is a particularly important book. --Christian Science Monitor
...an important book for those concerned with the plight of the Indian and with the effects the Alaska pipeline will have on native cultures and lands. --Library Journal
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Book Description Putnam, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110399112561