ERIC Number: ED395481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Shandaa: In My Lifetime.
Herbert, Belle; McGary, Jane, Ed.
A collection of 26 stories, told by Belle Herbert, an Alaskan elder, in the Gwich'in Athabaskan language, is presented with side-by-side translation in English. Introductory sections give background information about the author's life and the stories told here. Stories include: a moose hunt; life in the old days (skin tents and clothing); hunting; traveling as a child; traveling in the Porcupine country; sickness; old-time clothing; life in the old days; traveling, marriages, and a tragedy; traveling up the Porcupine River; traveling around Graphite, and curing by a medicine man; burial customs; skin-tanning, rabbit-snaring, and old-time cooking; old-time household furnishings and the coming of cloth, and muskrat hunting and the coming of guns; hunting in the old days; marriage then and now; Belle's marriage; the arrival of white people; care of the sick; family history and life in the old days; rabbit-skin blankets; some notable people and the coming of Christianity; religion, fishtraps, the coming of airplanes, and how a young man got a wife; another marriage story, and old-time dishes and cooking; and life in the old days, brush men, and the coming of religion. A map, photographs, and drawings illustrate the text. (MSE)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Culture, American Indian History, Athapascan Languages, Daily Living Skills, Folk Culture, Oral History, Personal Narratives, Regional Dialects, Sociocultural Patterns, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, P.O. Box 900111, Fairbanks, AK 99775-0120.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Books; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Alaska Native Language Center.
Identifiers: Alaska; Kutchin
Note: "Told by Belle Herbert. Recorded and edited by Bill Pfisterer...Transcribed and translated by Katherine Peter...Drawings by Sandy Jamieson. Photographs by Rob Stapleton."