Alaska Native Studies
Marie is a Yup'ik Eskimo raised in Nunapitchuk, Alaska. She has worked as a translator and Yup'ik language specialist, has taught Yup'ik at Alaska Pacific University, and is a member of the world-traveled Nunamta Yup'ik dance group.
| ||Agayuliyararput / Our Way of Making Prayer: Kegginaqut, Kangiit-llu / Yup'ik Masks and the Stories They Tell|
Drawing on the remembrances of elders who were born in the early 1900s and saw the last masked Yup'ik dances beofer missionary efforts forced their decline, this book is a collection of first-person accounts of the rich culture surrounding Yup'ik masks. Storie by thirty-three elders from all over southwestern Alaska, presented in parallel Yup'ik and English texts, including a wealth of information about the creation and function of masks and the environment in which they flourished. The subjects of the stories and the masks made to accompany them are the Arctic animals, beings, and natural forces on which humans depended.
| ||Ciuliamta Akluit / Things of Our Ancestors: Yup'ik Elders Explore the Jacobsen Collection at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin|
In the 1880s, the Norweigan-born traveler Johan Adrian Jocobsen spent a year in Alaska and amassed an unprecedented collection of Yup'ik material culture that eventually made its way to Germany's most prominent ethnographic 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 Ethnologisches Museum to examine and interpret Jacobsen's collection, one of the world's largest and most impressive Yup'ik collections.
| ||Yup'ik Words of Wisdom: Yupiit Qanruyutait|
This bilingual volume focuses on the teachings, experience, and practical wisdom of expert Native orators as they instruct a younger generation about their place in the world. In carefully crafted presentations, Yup'ik elders speak about their "rules for right living"-values, beliefs, and practices-which illuminate the enduring and still relevant foundations of their culture today.