Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781578642182 Published September 2007

Black Ducks and Salmon Bellies

Craig Mishler

Craig Mishler

Distributed for Alaska Donning Company

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2001, 2003
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781578642182 Published September 2007
Black Ducks and Salmon Bellies presents a comprehensive look at two Kodiak archipelago villages with a rich cultural history that extends from prehistory to Russian America to the present day. Author Craig Mishler spent over ten years visiting these rural Native Alaskan communities in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, illuminating such diverse topics as local history, demography, political organization, kinship, and expressive culture. Documenting the changes in these two communities over recent years, Black Ducks and Salmon Bellies paints a portrait of economic development amid a distinctive, vital way of life, as interviews with elders allow readers to hear a multiplicity of voices and identities when the Alutiiq people tell their own fascinating stories.
Contents

Illustrations.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

           

CHAPTER ONE

Community Histories.

           

CHAPTER TWO

Demography.

           

CHAPTER THREE

Political Organization.

The Native Village of Old Harbor and Its Traditional Government

by Laurie Mulcahy.

 Village Governance.

            Old Harbor and Ouzinkie Governance Today

by Craig Mishler.

 

CHAPTER FOUR

Kinship and Social Organization.

           

CHAPTER FIVE

Expressive Culture.

           

CHAPTER SIX

Subsistence and “Food for the Day”.

           

CHAPTER SEVEN

Social and Cultural Change Since the Oil Spill.

           

Appendix A

            Arthur Haakanson’s Oral History of Commercial Fisheries in the Kodiak Region.

 

Appendix B

            Barbara Cove Oil Spill Journal

            by Theodore Squartsoff.

 

References Cited.

Index.

About the Author.

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