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- DescriptionThe traditional pursuit of whales by Eskimo hunters, which continues to be practiced, is an activity in which humans interact directly with nature. To present-day urban dwellers, such association between people, animals, and the environment may seem exotic. But for the Inupiat and Yupik peoples these relationships are important, vital pursuits.A co-publication project with the Canadian Circumpolar Institute Press of the University of Alberta, this volume traces regional native whaling practices for the past 2,000 years. Contributions center on three themes: variation in whaling practices, Yupik and Inupiat whaling traditions over time, and interactions with changing environmental conditions that include major climatic episodes as well as shorter perturbations. Emphasis is placed on the diversity of approaches to subsistence whaling. While the majority of contributions result from NSF-funded research, several other contributors are ethgraphers and archaeologists who have carried out whale research in Alaska for many years. Also included are essays presenting Russian research along the western margin of the Bering Strait and the Bering and Chukchi seas.
- Author BiographyAllen P. McCartney (1940 2004) was professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas.
- PublisherUniversity of Utah Press,U.S.
- Date of Publication15/07/2004
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationSalt Lake City
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Utah Press,U.S.
- Content NoteIllustrations, maps, 2 ports.
- Weight735 g
- Width172 mm
- Height249 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Edited byAllen P McCartney,Herbert D G Maschner,Katherine L Reedy-Maschner
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