Reviews of Books and Other Media
What are the outstanding works of history, art, science and literature pertinent to rural Alaska, and who are the agencies, companies, and individuals producing them?
Gathering wild rice in Minnesota was a touchstone experience, so the cover image of a canoe nosing through a wild rice bed grabbed my attention. Thomas Weso, a Menominee artist and anthropologist, provides an important perspective to understanding American food traditions. © 2016 Wisconsin Historical Society Press.read more
Compiled and edited by granddaughter Eileen Norbert, Menadelook: An Inupiat Teacher’s Photographs of Alaska Village Life, 1907-1932 maps the transition of culture in the early 20th century of a man who bridged two worlds in the early 20th century. Norbert succeeds in demonstrating the importance of self-representation of indigenous culture in anthropology.read more
Village School Libraries When I first moved to a small village in rural Alaska, I would go hang out in the school library. A lot. It was the public internet access point, and as such, a gathering place for the village. I was amazed to find so many books there, in this...read more
Shishmaref is located northwest coast of the Seward Peninsula, 123 miles north of Nome. Photo of Shishmaref courtesy of and © Elizabeth Marino. Fierce Climate, Sacred Ground: An Ethnography of Climate Change in Shishmaref, Alaska by Elizabeth Marino Marino isn’t from...read more
On a bright winter day last February in a room above the University of Alaska Bookstore in Anchorage, author Chantelle Pence talked to her audience about her first book, Homestead Girl: The View From Here, © 2016, Copper River Press. She, and several Athabascan...read more