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- DescriptionIn the 1880s, the Norwegian-born traveler Johan Adrian Jacobsen spent a year in Alaska and amassed an unprecedented collection of Yup'ik material culture that eventually made its way to Germanys most prominent ethgraphic museum. More than a century later, a delegation of Yup'ik elders and educators from Bethel, Alaska, joined cultural anthropologists and museum professionals at the Berlin Ethlogisches Museum to examine and interpret Jacobsen's collection, one of the worlds largest and most impressive Yup'ik collections. Things of Our Ancestors is a record of this unusual meeting of minds and cultures. Evoking the stories and experiences that the cultural artifacts embody, the Yup'ik elders examine and discuss these objects made by their ancestors, reclaiming kwledge on the verge of being lost. For this Yup'ik-English bilingual book, anthropologist Ann Fienup-Riordan has chosen stories and accounts of the Berlin exchange that best describe the collection and the visit. The narrative is accompanied by 66 photographs of this unusual episode of cultural revival. This book will prove a treasure for Yupik readers, linguists, folklorists, anthropologists, and historians, and will hold much interest for anyone concerned with Native American oral tradition.
- Author BiographyMarie Meade is a Yup'ik Eskimo raised in Nunapitchuk, Alaska. She has worked as a translator and Yup'ik language expert and presently teaches classes inYup'ik language and culture at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Ann Fienup-Riordan is the author of numerous books on the peoples of Alaska, including Yup'ik Elders at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin, The Living Traditions of Yup'ik Masks and Freeze Frame: Alaska Eskimos in the Movies. She and Marie Meade previously collaborated on Agayuliyararput / Our Way of Making Prayer.
- PublisherUniversity of Washington Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2005
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Washington Press
- Content Note66 photos
- Weight608 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Edited byAnn Fienup-Riordan
- Translated byMarie Meade
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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