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Ellavut / Our Yup'ik World and Weather: Continuity and Change on the Bering Sea Coast (Paperback)
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Ellavut / Our Yup'ik World and Weather: Continuity and Change on the Bering Sea Coast (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 27/03/2012
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Ellavut / Our Yup'ik World and Weather is a result of nearly ten years of gatherings among Yup'ik elders to document the qanruyutet (words of wisdom) that guide their interactions with the environment. In an effort to educate their own young people as well as people outside the community, the elders discussed the practical skills necessary to live in a harsh environment, stressing the ethical and philosophical aspects of the Yup'ik relationship with the land, ocean, snow, weather, and environmental change, among many other elements of the natural world.

At every gathering, at least one elder repeated the Yup'ik adage, "The world is changing following its people." The Yup'ik see environmental change as directly related not just to human actions, such as overfishing or burning fossil fuels, but also to human interactions. The elders encourage young people to learn traditional rules and proper behavior--to act with compassion and restraint--in order to reverse negative impacts on their world. They speak not only to educate young people on the practical skills they need to survive but also on the knowing and responsive nature of the world in which they live.

Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 9780295991610
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 703 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 25 mm


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Fienup-Riordan's forty years of intimate collaboration with Nelson Island elders has enabled her to successfully give the English-speaking public a sense of being instructed by the elders themselves. . . . It is the kind of work that could not be produced by anyone else.

-- Steve Street * Alaska History, Vol. 23, No. 2 *

Ellavut takes its place alongside such classics on indigenous views of the environment as Keith Basso's Wisdom Sits in Places and Richard Nelson's Make Prayers to the Raven. Essential.

* Choice *

This stunning work will be of great interest to Yup'ik people, oral historians, geographers, and anthropologists. More broadly...fellow global citizens could benefit from the words and reflections of the Elders, which inspire reconceptualization of humanity's relationship to the environment as based on reciprocation, not domination.

-- Meagan Gough * Oral History Review *

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