Art and Eskimo Power

The Life and Times of Alaskan Howard Rock

Lael Morgan

Art and Eskimo Power

Lael Morgan

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

258 pages | black and white photos | 6 x 9 | © 1988
Paper $16.95 ISBN: 9781602230217 Published April 2008
At Howard Rock’s birth, a shaman predicted that he would become a great man. Born in 1911 in a sod igloo in Point Hope, an ancient Eskimo village, Howard became an accomplished artist and crusading newspaper editor who helped to defend his people from a controversial Atomic Energy Commission proposal to excavate a harbor near his native village with an atomic blast. Art and Eskimo Power chronicles the life of this influential and artist, editor, and founder of the Tundra Times—under whose leadership the newspaper helped to organize Alaska’s native people to press their aboriginal land claims before Congress, which ultimately led to their being awarded over $1 billion and 40 million acres.


 1 A Puzzling Prophesy

 2 The Aristocrats of the Arctic

 3 A Change of Heart

 4 Child at Odds

 5 The Cold War

 6 Adopted

 7 Better Luck

 8 A Place in the World

 9 The Beginnings of Eskimo Power

10 Evening the Score

11 Direction at Last

12 The Makings of an Artist

13 University Days

14 Big Money and Big Trouble

15 Love in Tunisia

16 Au Revoir

17 Marriage

18 A Downhill Slide

19 Home Again

20 Eskimo Versus Edward Teller

21 Fresh Start

22 Inupiat Paitot

23 Success

24 Tundra Times

25 The Search for Leadership

26 Victory in View

27 Epilogue



Review Quotes
William L. Iggiagruk Hensley, author of Fifty Miles from Tomorrow

“By working with Howard Rock, through excellent research and conversations with those who knew him intimately, Lael Morgan brings to life the Inupiaq hero who provided a voice for Native Alaskans when there was none."—William L. Iggiagruk Hensley, author of Fifty Miles from Tomorrow

Joan M. Antonson, Alaska State Historian
"As editor of the first statewide Native newspaper, Howard Rock was critical to Alaska Natives’ fight for their rights and fair settlement for their land claims.  Lael Morgan can write a story well.  Alaska historians have selected Art and Eskimo Power for inclusion in The Alaska 67:  A Guide to Alaska’s Best History Books (2006)."—Joan M. Antonson, Alaska State Historian
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