Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi

The Dena’ina Way of Living

Edited by Suzi Jones, James Fall, and Aaron Leggett

Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi

Edited by Suzi Jones, James Fall, and Aaron Leggett

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

Foreword by James Pepper Henry
Introduction by Suzi Jones
350 pages | 600 color plates | 10 x 10
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781602232075 Published October 2013
The range of the Dena’ina people stretches from the Cook Inlet region to southcentral Alaska and has been established for a thousand years. Yet their culture has largely been overlooked, leaving large gaps in the literature. Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi, a new catalog of Dena’ina materials, is an ambitious project that finally brings their culture to light.

Lavishly illustrated with more than six hundred photographs, maps, and drawings, Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi contains 469 entries on Dena’ina objects in European and American collections. It is enriched with examples of traditional Dena’ina narratives, first-person accounts, and interviews. Thirteen essays on the history and culture of the Athabascan people put the pieces into a larger historical context. This catalog is a comprehensive reference that will also accompany a large-scale exhibition running September 2013 through January 2014 at the Anchorage Museum.

Yagheli Du!


Elders, Advisers, and Lenders to the Exhibition

Introduction and Acknowledgments

1 Introduction to Dena’ina Culture and History, by James A. Fall

2 Quyushi Uqu Che’el’ani: Beluga Hunting, by Shem Pete

3 An Overview of Research on Dena’ina Culture, History, and Language, by James A. Fall

4 Dena’ina Archaeology, by Douglas Reger

5 Dena’ina Qeshqa: Leaders and Political Organization, by James A. Fall

6 The Nulchina Clan Origin Story of the Upper Inlet Dena’ina, told by Shem Pete with assistance from Billy Pete; transcription and commentary by James A. Fall

7 “What Is Good, What Is No Good”: The Traditional Dena’ina Worldview, by Alan Boraas

8 Ye’uh Qach’dalts’iyi: “What We Live On from the Outdoors”, by Karen Evanoff and Michelle Ravenmoon

9 Dach’hdi lu t’qidyuq… “and that’s the way it happened”: The Tradition of Dena’ina Storytelling, by Joan M. Tenenbaum

10 Gunhti Stsukdu’a: Ki Nch’uk’a “Tanaina” Ghayele’ This is My Story: “Tanaina” No More, by Aaron Leggett

11 An Inland Dena’ina Material Culture Anthology, by James Kari

12 Photo Essay: Making a Whitefish Trap

13 “Dressed as a Rich Person”: Dena’ina Clothing in the Nineteenth Century, by Judy Thompson

14 Silent Messaging: Quill and Bead Ornament on Nineteenth-Century Dena’ina Clothing, by Kate C. Duncan

15 Dena’ina Collections in the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), by Sergei Korsun

16 Adrian Jacobsen’s Dena’ina Collection in the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin, by Viola König

17 Catalog of Discovery: Dena’ina Material Culture in Museum Collections

The Dena’ina Sound System and Orthography, by James Kari

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The Midwest Book Review
Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi is a beautifully and profusely illustrated, 350 page compendium showcasing the history, art, culture, lifestyle, and artifacts of the Dena’ina people. An impressive body of seminal scholarship.”
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