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Haa Leelk'w Has Aani Saax'u / Our Grandparents' Names on the Land

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ISBN 10: 0295992174 / ISBN 13: 9780295992174
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Title: Haa Leelk'w Has Aani Saax'u / Our ...

Publisher: University of Washington Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Haa Leelk'w Has Aan' Saaxu / Our Grandparents' Names on the Land presents the results of a collaborative project with Native communities of Southeast Alaska to record indigenous geographic names. Documenting and analyzing more than 3,000 Tlingit, Haida, and other Native names on the land, it highlights their descriptive force and cultural significance. With community maps, tables, and photographs, this book will be invaluable for those seeking to understand Alaska Native geographic perspectives.

As Tlingits from the Hoonah Indian Association explain in the book: "Long before Russian, French, Spanish, and British explorers mapped and named the mountains and bays of the Huna Tlingit homeland, we identified special places in our own vibrant, descriptive ways. Tlingit place names reflect important natural resources, ancestral stories, sacred places, and major geological and historic events. Our place names describe more than just inanimate locations for we perceive the mountains, glaciers, and streams to be as alive and aware as ourselves. Rather, they capture the history, emotions, and stories of our enduring relationship with a living, evolving landscape."

"The new benchmark against which all future work will be measured." -Richard Dauenhauer, author of Russians in Tlingit America

"Thomas Thornton and his Tlingit colleagues show how 'grandparents' names on the land' provide exquisite scaffolding for human ecologies in North America's far northwest--a moral universe inhabited by a community of beings in constant communication and exchange. This book will be a resource for the ages." -Julie Cruikshank, author of Do Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters, and Social Imagination

"Restoring Tlingit placenames and their meanings will root our people back in place and decolonize the landscape, and Thornton has provided us with a fundamental tool to do exactly that. Sh t--oghaa xhat ditee--I am grateful." -Lance A. Twitchell, Xh'unei, University of Alaska Southeast

Thomas F. Thornton is senior research fellow and director of the Environmental Change and Management Program at the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford He is the author of Being and Place among the Tlingit.

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Presents the results of a collaborative project with Native communities of Southeast Alaska to record indigenous geographic names.

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