Alaska Native Cultures and Issues: Responses to Frequently by Libby Roderick

By Libby Roderick

Making up greater than ten percentage of Alaska's inhabitants, local Alaskans are the state's biggest minority team. but so much non-Native Alaskans understand strangely little in regards to the histories and cultures in their indigenous buddies, or in regards to the vital matters they face. This concise e-book compiles commonly asked questions and gives informative and available responses that make clear a few universal misconceptions. With responses composed by way of students in the represented groups and reviewed by way of a panel of specialists, this easy-to-read compendium goals to facilitate a deeper exploration and richer dialogue of the advanced and compelling concerns which are a part of Alaska local lifestyles at the present time. (20110301)

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No other peoples in the world, and no science, can replicate what Alaska Native elders and cultures know and understand about their immediate environments and the wildlife that breed in their areas. ”1 This traditional knowledge and wisdom is a highly sophisticated holistic science that evolved through methodical cultural processes of the transfer of knowledge and wisdom through hundreds of generations, learning and applying a holistic way of knowing, collective information sharing, traditional spirituality, and guidance from elders.

Legislation should give shareholders and descendants of shareholders the opportunity to vote whenever a corporation proposes an 40 economic development project that will have a significant impact on a particular region’s lands and waters. There may be other, and better, solutions. This is a vital question to address within the Alaska Native communities as we face an uncertain future. What is clear to me is that the people for whom these lands and waters have been and continue to be homelands from time immemorial should have first say about how to protect this vital inheritance.

In a departure from previous questions in this book, we asked two individuals to describe their personal reactions to the question and to provide responses from their own experiences. They are joined in this new edition by a third perspective from an individual who shares some of their concerns while disagreeing with others. These three essays make it clear that a responsible discussion of this question requires an understanding of the unique history, purpose, structure, challenges, and opportunities of Alaska Native corporations.

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