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Product #: 7984
6" x 9"
Pub Date: 2001
Personal Stories about Living in the North|
Many influential visitors have written about Alaska, among them John Muir, John McPhee, and James Michener. In OUR ALASKA, award-winning writer and editor Mike Doogan forges an eclectic collection of stories both refreshingly simple and thoughtfully profound from a variety of Alaskan writers. These are real stories: among them sharing tales of boyhood trips to Lake Minchumina; growing up aboard a fishing trawler; being a "tourist herder" near Nome; understanding the rich, powerful meaning of the Koyukon Indian "Hutlani" code; recounting a black man's fateful decision to pass up a lucrative job in Washington, D.C. in favor of what Alaska offered his family; and understanding the importance of berry-picking to a city dweller.
EXCERPT: "One evening during the hunting season I decided to go with my rifle to 'look around.' A Koyukon hunter is never supposed to announce aloud that he is going out to get a moose. Instead, he says, 'I am going to look around,' and the fact that he has a rifle let's everyone know what is happening. The reason is that, in the traditional way, if you indicate that you are going to be successful in your hunting of moose before you go out, you will ruin your luck. And that is part of the 'Hutlani' code."
ABOUT THE EDITOR: Mike Doogan, a lifelong Alaskan, is a writer, teacher, political activist and former journalist who shared in a Pulitzer Prize won by the Anchorage Daily News.