By Libby Roderick
Making up greater than ten percentage of Alaska's inhabitants, local Alaskans are the state's greatest minority crew. but such a lot non-Native Alaskans be aware of strangely little concerning the histories and cultures in their indigenous friends, or concerning the vital concerns they face. This concise ebook compiles commonly asked questions and gives informative and obtainable responses that make clear a few universal misconceptions. With responses composed through students in the represented groups and reviewed by way of a panel of specialists, this easy-to-read compendium goals to facilitate a deeper exploration and richer dialogue of the advanced and compelling matters which are a part of Alaska local lifestyles this day. (20110301)
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Additional resources for Alaska Native Cultures and Issues: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions
No other peoples in the world, and no science, can replicate what Alaska Native elders and cultures know and understand about their immediate environments and the wildlife that breed in their areas. ”1 This traditional knowledge and wisdom is a highly sophisticated holistic science that evolved through methodical cultural processes of the transfer of knowledge and wisdom through hundreds of generations, learning and applying a holistic way of knowing, collective information sharing, traditional spirituality, and guidance from elders.
McClahanan, ed. Anchorage: CIRI Foundation, 2006. Discusses how the traditional Native value of sharing has been incorporated into modern practices of Alaska Native corporations. Hall, Joelle et al. ” Anchorage: ANCSA Regional Corporation Presidents and CEOs, 2007. Hensley, William L. Iggiagruk. ” May 2001. Paper written by Iñupiaq land claims leader Willie Hensley as a graduate student in a UA Constitutional Law class in 1966. Researching and writing this paper sparked Hensley’s lifetime activism on behalf of Native peoples and their lands and cultures.
An additional four million acres consisting of historical sites, gravesites, and other special lands were made available with certain constraints on usage: economic development was to be restricted on these lands. Twelve regional and over 200 village corporations—entirely new structures in Native societies—were set up to select the lands, hold the titles, and receive, invest, and administer the settlement payments on behalf of their shareholders. A thirteenth corporation was set up to ANCSA Regional Corporations receive monies on behalf of Alaska Native people living outside the state.
Alaska Native Cultures and Issues: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions by Libby Roderick