| ||Making History: Alutiiq/Sugpiaq life on the Alaska Peninsula|
model of innovative ethnohistory, this account of the Alutiiq people of
the Alaska Peninsula spans some 9000 years, concentrating on the 200
years between Russian occupation and the start of the war with Japan.
Unlike most historical documentation of the region, it is not a passive
record: using collective and individual histories of a people as
captured through writing, artifact, oral history, and personal
narrative, Partnow weaves a rich story of Alutiiqs not only making their
own history, but also expressing a unique perception of the very nature
of history. Numerous historical and contemporary maps and photographs,
as well as Partnow's historical and cultural background, allow the
people to speak for themselves while expanding the ability of readers to
interpret the various voices. Together the many elements of this
history show a vital culture making its way into the future without
letting go of the past.