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ERIC Number: ED104626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-3
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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Eskimo Identification with Traditional Arts and Implications for Curriculum Development: Interviews with Nunivak Islanders.
Gibson, Jan
The study's purpose was to: (1) describe the kind and extent of identification which members of one group of Alaskan Eskimos made with selected elements of the group's art heritage, (2) relate the foregoing to the problem of identity, and (3) state implications for curriculum development in schools serving Eskimo students. During July 1972, 62 Nunivak Island Eskimos of various ages were interviewed regarding their relationships with selected aspects of traditional arts. Subjects were divided into four age groups: 6-13, 14-25, 26-49, and 50 and over. Interviews were conducted in Cux (the Nunivak dialect of Yu'pik Eskimo) and in English. Responses were broken down into 72 items for analysis. Relationships between age groups and selected responses were examined. Questions dealing with comparisons of different Nunivak crafts were analyzed by the respondent's sex since some craft items were made mainly by members of one sex, and male and female respondents' outlook might differ regarding the crafts. Some findings were: (1) the older the respondent the more likely he was to recognize traditional art work and to have knowledge of its traditional use; and (2) members of each sex tended to place the most value on the crafts made primarily by members of that sex. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska