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North Alaska Chronicles: Notes from the End of Time

Campbell, J.M

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ISBN 10: 0890133530 / ISBN 13: 9780890133538
Published by Museum of New Mexico Press, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: North Alaska Chronicles: Notes from the End ...

Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Printing

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This collaborative work of Yale ethnographer John Campbell and Nunamiut Eskimo Simon Paneak (1900-1975) is the product of a long correspondence and collaboration which began during the 1956 Yale North Alaska Expedition. The first segment of the book describes the expedition and offers an ethnography of the Nunamiut. The remainder presents Paneak's 97 annotated b&w line drawings relating Nunamiut tribal history and folklore. Includes color photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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This new book is an extraordinary ethnographic work presenting Eskimo tribesman Simon Paneak's detailed drawings of his native culture and lifeways at the point when they began their irreversible clash with twentieth-century modernism. Author Campbell met Paneak while a member of the 1956 Yale North Alaska Expedition. It was then that he encouraged Paneak to document his way of life, one that Campbell knew was verging an extinction. Over a twenty-five year period, Campbell carried out fieldwork in the Alaska Brooks Range, through which Paneak remained an abiding associate. Their friendship allowed Campbell a rare understanding of inland Eskimo culture, which was intact when his studies began and all but extinct by the mid-sixties due to the discovery of oil on the North Slope of Alaska. Paneak's drawings are the only memoir in existence of traditional Nunamiut culture, depicting scenes of the food quest; fur trapping; trade and travel; and other aspects of survival on the North Alaska tundra. This book also includes rare documentary photography by Campbell and other prominent scientists working in Alaska between 1956-85 of the Nunamiut culture, the Alaska landscape, and of expeditions into the tundra. North Alaska Chronicle is an extraordinary documentation of Campbell and Paneak's working friendship and a stunningly detailed view of a lost way of life.

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