Ellavut / Our Yupik World and Weather: Continuity and Change on the Bering Sea Coast Ann Fienup-Riordan

ISBN: 9780295804972

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Ellavut / Our Yupik World and Weather: Continuity and Change on the Bering Sea Coast  by  Ann Fienup-Riordan

Ellavut / Our Yupik World and Weather: Continuity and Change on the Bering Sea Coast by Ann Fienup-Riordan
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Ellavut / Our Yupik World and Weather is a result of nearly ten years of gatherings among Yupik elders to document the qanruyutet (words of wisdom) that guide their interactions with the environment. In an effort to educate their own young people as well as people outside the community, the elders discussed the practical skills necessary to live in a harsh environment, stressing the ethical and philosophical aspects of the Yupik relationship with the land, ocean, snow, weather, and environmental change, among many other elements of the natural world.

At every gathering, at least one elder repeated the Yupik adage, The world is changing following its people. The Yupik see environmental change as directly related not just to human actions, such as overfishing or burning fossil fuels, but also to human interactions. The elders encourage young people to learn traditional rules and proper behavior--to act with compassion and restraint--in order to reverse negative impacts on their world. They speak not only to educate young people on the practical skills they need to survive but also on the knowing and responsive nature of the world in which they live.Ellavut builds on a decade of careful, collaborative ethnographic research with elders on the west coast of Alaska.

It sets a high bar for studies of local environmental knowledge by positioning local knowledge in the context provided by the narrators and letting local people drive the narrative. -Julie Cruikshank, author of Do Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters, and Social Imagination Few works on Native knowledge drill down this deep or are done with this breadth and depth of collaboration. Ellavut will be a touchstone and standard of excellence for how to carry out research in aboriginal communities.

It is a remarkable testament to a remarkable group of elders and their knowledge and ways of being in the world. -Thomas Thornton, University of OxfordAnn Fienup-Riordan is author of many books on the Native peoples of Alaska, including Yuungnaqpiallerput / The Way We Genuinely Live: Masterworks of Yupik Science and Survival.

Alice Rearden is a translator for the Calista Elders Council, the primary heritage association of Southwest Alaska. They also cooperated on the book Qaluyaarmiuni Nunamtenek Qanemciput / Our Nelson Island Stories: Meanings of Place on the Bering Sea Coast.



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