Mission of Change in Southwest Alaska

Conversations with Father René Astruc and Paul Dixon on Their Work with Yup’ik People

Edited by Ann Fienup-Riordan

Mission of Change in Southwest Alaska

Edited by Ann Fienup-Riordan

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

376 pages | 25 halftones, 3 maps | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781602231610 Published May 2012
E-book $7.00 to $34.95 ISBN: 9781602231627 Published May 2012

Mission of Change is an oral history describing various types of change—political, social, cultural, and religious—as seen through the eyes of Father Astruc and Paul Dixon, non-Natives who dedicated their lives to working with the Yup’ik people. Their stories are framed by the an analytic history of regional changes, together with current anthropological theory on the nature of cultural change and the formation of cultural identity. The book presents a subtle and emotionally moving account of the region and the roles of two men, both of whom view issues from a Catholic perspective yet are closely attuned to and involved with changes in the Yup’ik community.

Introduction by Ann Fienup-Riordan

1. Changing Continents: Father Astruc Begins Work on the Lower Yukon
2. Changes in Education: Father Astruc as Superior of St. Mary’s Mission
3. Changing Careers: Paul Dixon Begins Work in Rural Alaska
4. Changing Communities: The City of St. Marys
5. Changes on Nelson Island
6. Regional Changes Before ANCSA
7. Statewide Changes: ANCSA and Its Aftermath
8. Change Continues in St. Marys
9. Changes in the Church: Yup’ik Spirituality in Transition

Review Quotes
Oral History Review
“A model for how oral historians can deal effectively with complex material involving multiple narrators, and it contributes substantively to the body of oral history work that explores the lives of people who call Alaska home.”
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