Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9781877962431 Published February 2011

Alaska Native Education

Views from Within

Edited by Ray Barnhardt and Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley

Alaska Native Education

Edited by Ray Barnhardt and Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley

Distributed for Alaska Native Knowledge Network

360 pages | 11 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2010
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9781877962431 Published February 2011
Over the past century, the outside world has increasingly encroached on Alaska Native communities, and one of the consequences of that change has been a shift in the purpose and structure of schools in Alaska Native communities. Alaska Native Education brings together a variety of experts in the field of indigenous education to show the ways in which Alaska Natives have adopted and adapted outside ideas and rules regarding education—and how they have frequently found them problematic and insufficient. The authors follow their analysis with suggestions of ways forward, emphasizing the benefits of blending new and old practices that will simultaneously prepare Alaska Native students for the future while preserving and strengthening their ties to the past.


Part I: Alaska Native Education: Past, Present, and Future

Alaska Native Education: Past, Present, and Future

      Doreen Andersen-Spear and Eben Hopson

Alaska Native Education

      Alaska Natives Commission/Alaska Federation of Natives

The State of Native Education

      John C. Sackett

Why Native Education?

      Dennis Demmert

Culture and Change from Iñupiat and Yup’ik People of Alaska

      Edna Ahgeak MacLean

Iñupiat Ilitqusiat: To Save Our Land and Our People

      John Schaeffer and John D. Christensen

Alaska Native Education: History and Adaptation in the New Millenium

      Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley
Part II: Native Pathways to Education

Serving the Purpose of Education

      Leona Okakok

Follow the Lights: Native Ways of Knowing

      Bernice Joseph

The Circle We Call Community

      Miranda Wright

Revitalization of the Qargi

      Edna Ahgeak MacLean

Growing Up to Be Tlingit

      Dr. Walter Soboleff

 Part III: Honoring Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Implications for Participatory Research and Community
      Patricia A. L. Cochran, Catherine A. Marshall, Carmen Garcia-Downing, Elizabeth Kendall, 
      Doris Cook, Laurie McCubbin, and Reva Mariah S. Gover

Alaska Native Traditional Knowledge and Ways of Knowing

      Carl Hild, Editor

Aleut/Alutiiq Region: Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights
      Gordon L. Pullar

Western Society’s Linear Systems and Aboriginal Cultures

      Larry Merculieff

Aspects of Silence: When Do Traditions Begin?
      Miranda Wright

Culture, Chaos, and Complexity
      Ray Barnhardt and Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley
Part IV: Culturally Responsive Curriculum

The Indigenous Worldview of Yupiaq Culture

      Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley, Delena Norris-Tull, and Roger Norris-Tull

Their Silence About Us

      Paul Ongtooguk

Education and the Subsistence Way of Life

      Art Davidson and Harold Napoleon

Alaska’s Cultures: Building a Context for Stories and Traditions

      Paul Ongtooguk
Part V: Strengthening Native Languages

I Will Speak Again!

      Cecilia R. Martz

Collaboration in Education

      Ayaprun Loddie Jones

Evolution in the Yup’ik Language

      Oscar F. Alexie and Gerald S. Domnick

Mediating Athabascan Oral Traditions

      Beth Leonard
Part VI:Education for Self-Determination

The Cry of the Loon: Mysterious, Mournful, Remembering Place
      Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley

Who Controls Alaska Native Education?

      Paul Ongtooguk

Decolonizing Western Alaska

      Perry T. Mendenhall

Education and Cultural Self-Determination

      Paul Ongtooguk

Effects of Modernization on the Cup’ik of Alaska

      Lucy Jones-Sparck

Guidelines for Research by the Alaska Federation of Natives Board of Directors
The Coolangatta Statement on Indigenous Peoples' Rights in Education
U.N. Declaration for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Review Quotes
Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources
“More than a compendium of traditional advice and bitter accounts, this book provides a theoretical and practical approach to understanding how objectives can be realized by Native Alaskans in the tribal and non-Native world.”
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