Sunday, November 30, 2008
Alaska Native Ways: What the Elders Have Taught Us
Natives of Alaska, (2002). Alaska Native Ways: What the Elders Have Taught Us. Portland, OR: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company.
The Alaska Native Ways book is about Natives who realize that the traditional values and practices have maintained their cultures for over 1000 years. It shows respect to the first Alaskans and their old values they needed for survival. Today, Natives of all ages know they have connections to their origin. It will interpret a new character in the next century. This book will give the viewer a peek into the cultural life of Alaska Natives. It announces the cultures are living and the traditions are growing. Some of the values include show respect to others, see connections, honor your elders, accept what life brings, have patience, pray for guidance, live carefully, take care of others, share what you have, and know who you are. This book is powerful because it is written by many Alaskan Natives who believe in their culture and traditions. Understanding of your ethnicity and background is important.