A Tale of Three Villages
Indigenous-Colonial Interactions in Southwestern Alaska, 1740–1950
A Tale of Three Villages is an investigation of culture change among the Yup'ik Eskimo people of the southwestern Alaskan coast from just prior to the time of Russian and Euro-North American contact to the mid-twentieth century. Liam Frink focuses on three Indigenous-colonial events along the southwestern Alaskan coast: the late precolonial end of warfare and raiding, the commodification of subsistence that followed, and, finally, the engagement with institutional religion. He provides a model for work that examines interfaces among Indigenous women and men, old and young, demonstrating that it is as important as understanding their interactions with colonizers. Frink demonstrates that in order to understand colonial history, we must actively incorporate Indigenous people as actors, not merely as reactors.
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