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ISBN: 1889963658, 9781889963655Издательство: University of Alaska Press
Год издания: 2004
Book DescriptionThe Whales, They Give Themselves is an intimate life history of Harry Brower, Sr. (1924?1992), an Inupiaq whaling captain, artisan, and community leader from Barrow, Alaska. In a life that spanned the profound cultural and economic changes of the twentieth century, Brower?s vast knowledge of the natural world made him an essential contributor to the Native and scientific communities of the North. His desire to share his insights with future generations resulted in a series of conversations with friend and oral historian Karen Brewster, who weaves Harry?s stories with cultural and historical background into this innovative and collaborative oral biography. Brower was deeply committed to Native culture, and his lifehistory is a moving expression of the Inupiaq way of life. He was also influential in traditionally non-Native arenas in which Native and non-Native values sometimes collided. Acting as a mediator between Inupiaq whalers and...