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Life Lived Like a Story

Life Stories of Three Yukon Native Elders

The life stories appearing in this volume come from communities where storytelling provides a customary framework for discussing the past. Angela Sidney, Kitty Smith and Annie Ned are three remarkable and gifted women of Athapaskan and Tlingit ancestry who were born in the southern Yukon Territory around the turn of the century. Their life stories tell us as much about the present as about the past, as much about ideas of community as about individual experience; they call our attention to the diverse ways humans formulate such linkages.

428 pages

Table of Contents


Linguistic Note

Introduction: Life History and Life Stories

Part I: My Stories Are My Wealth / Angela Sidney

Part II: My Roots Grow in Jackpine Roots / Kitty Smith

Part III: Old-Style Words Are Just Like School / Annie Ned

Cultural Constructions of Individual Experience


Glossary of Native Terms



Map 1. Languages spoken in southern Yukon Territory

Figure 1. Partial family tree of Deisheetaan ancestors of Mrs. Angela Sidney

Figure 2. Partial family tree of Dakl’aweidi ancestors of Mrs. Angela Sidney

Figure 3. Partial family tree of ancestors of Mrs. Kitty Smith

Figure 4. Partial family tree of ancestors of Mrs. Annie Ned

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