Native Alaskan Cultures in Perspective by Tammy Gagne

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Indd 54 9/3/14 2:14 PM So Goes Alaska, So Goes the World Former North Slope mayor Edward Itta states, “Barrow is ground zero for climate-change science. ”13 Long-term effects cannot be fully understood until they actually happen. But people who work with wildlife offer insight into how warming might affect the animals. For example, University of Washington oceanographer Kate Stafford explains, “Marine mammals use sound to communicate and navigate. When the water is covered with ice it’s pretty quiet down there.

Ibid. Chapter 5: The Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian 1. Abley, Mark. “G2: ‘It’s like bombing the Louvre’: Marie Smith Jones was the world’s last Eyak speaker - by the time she died last week, she could use her mother tongue only in her dreams. ” The Guardian, January 28, 2008. 2. Shepherd, Sara. Alaska natives find Kan. ” The Hutchinson News, Janaury 11, 2014. Ibid. 4. Jones, Jay. ” Chicago Tribune, February 19, 2012. Ibid. Ibid. Ibid. Chapter 3: The Yup’ik and Cup’ik 1. D’Oro, Rachel.

Shortly after the Exxon Valdez spill, he wrote, “The oil companies lied about preventing the spill. Now they lie about the clean-up. Our people know what happens on the beaches. Spend all day cleaning one huge rock and the tide comes in and it’s covered with oil again. ”12 Despite the bleakness of the situation, Meganack remained hopeful for the future. “I am an elder. I am chief. I will not lose hope. I will help my people. We have never lived through this kind of death, but we have lived through lots of other kinds of death.

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