200 pages, 8 4/25 x 10 2/5
60 illus., maps
Haa Léelk'w Hás Aaní Saax'u / Our Grandparents' Names on the Land
Edited by Thomas F. Thornton
University of Washington Press, Published with the Sealaska Heritage Institute
As Tlingits from the Hoonah Indian Association explain in the book: "Long before Russian, French, Spanish, and British explorers mapped and named the mountains and bays of the Huna Tlingit homeland, we identified special places in our own vibrant, descriptive ways. Tlingit place names reflect important natural resources, ancestral stories, sacred places, and major geological and historic events. Our place names describe more than just inanimate locations for we perceive the mountains, glaciers, and streams to be as alive and aware as ourselves. Rather, they capture the history, emotions, and stories of our enduring relationship with a living, evolving landscape.
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