Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Prominent T'akdeintaan Members and Works Cited

Amos Wallace: Tlingit Master Carver, 1921-2004

Vivian Mork: Tlingit Language Teacher, Artist, and Actress

Lily Hudson: Tlingit Actress and Storyteller

Diane Benson: Tlingit Politician, Actress, and Author

Clarissa Hudson: Tlingit Chilkat Weaver and Artist

Emmons, Gorge T. 1991 The Tlingit Indians. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press. New York: American Museum Of Natural History.
George Emmons lived among the Tlingit people in the late 19th Century and removed hundreds of thousands of artifacts that he sent to New York and Chicago. Emmons was deemed a grave robber because he would dig up Tlingit shaman graves and send the artifacts and bodies to the highest bidder. Despite all that, he did seem to have a love for the Tlingit people, and helped fight for native rights while maintaining close friendships with several Tlingit chiefs. Emmons was going to write the most comprehensive and sympathetic history of the Tlingit to date, though he was unable to finish it before his death. Another anthropologist, Frederica de Laguna, would later return to Emmons' notes and publish his work posthumously as an editor.

Dauenhauer, Nora M. 1990 Haa Tuwunaaga Yis: For Healing Our Spirit. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press. Juneau: Sealaska Heritage Foundation.
This book is all about a Hoonah potlatch for Jim Marks, written by Nora Marks Daunehauer, who is a child of the Chookaneidi. Her father, Willie marks, created the replacement at.oow after the fire, as mentioned above. The replacements were treated as the originals pieces of the Snail House after it had burned down. This book has become a "how-to" manual for having potlatches and can be seen in the hands of many culture bearers at a Koo.eex'. This book also talks extensively on the role of Tlingit houses, and the deeper meaning behind them.

Hope, Andrew III, Thorton, Thomas f. 2000 Will The Time Ever Come? Fairbanks Alaska: Alaska Native Knowledge Network, Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
This book covers an important event in the modern history of the Tlingit people. In 1993, a clan conference was held in Klukwan, and all "Tlingit style" people from all over Alaska and Canada gathered together and discussed the future of the Tlingit people. Included are discussions on the need of a Tlingit clan atlas, the Sitka walk of 1804, and the need for language revitalization.

Polly and Leon Gordon Miller. 1967. Lost Heritage Of Alaska. Cleveland Ohio, The world publishing company.
This book is exactly what the title implies. It is a historical account of the effect that Euro contact had on the culture of the indigenous peoples of Alaska leading in to the 1960’s. This book, unlike many others from the same time period, does not say Native culture is dead, but that it is alive and in a powerful revitalization due to the forming of organizations like the ANB and legislation like ANCSA.

Smith, Christopher. Nov. 2007. Personal Communication.
Chris helped me out on the Tlingit names of many of the objects and places discussed, as well as the protocols, interpretations, and relationships of the Tlingit people named here.

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