Haa Léelk'w Hás Aaní Saax'u / Our Grandparents' Names on the Land
200 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
60 illus., maps
Release Date:01 Jul 2012
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Haa Léelk'w Hás Aaní Saax'u / Our Grandparents' Names on the Land

University of Washington Press, Published with the Sealaska Heritage Institute
Haa Léelk'w Has Aaní Saax'u / Our Grandparents' Nameson the Land presents the results of a collaborative project withNative communities of Southeast Alaska to record indigenous geographicnames. Documenting and analyzing more than 3,000 Tlingit, Haida, andother Native names on the land, it highlights their descriptive forceand cultural significance. With community maps, tables, andphotographs, this book will be invaluable for those seeking tounderstand Alaska Native geographic perspectives.
As Tlingits from the Hoonah Indian Association explain in the book:"Long before Russian, French, Spanish, and British explorersmapped 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, ancestralstories, sacred places, and major geological and historic events. Ourplace names describe more than just inanimate locations for we perceivethe mountains, glaciers, and streams to be as alive and aware asourselves. Rather, they capture the history, emotions, and stories ofour enduring relationship with a living, evolving landscape.
The new benchmark against which all future work will be measured. Richard Dauenhauer, author of Russians in Tlingit America
Thomas F. Thornton is Senior Research Fellow andDirector of the Environmental Change and Management Program at theEnvironmental Change Institute, School of Geography and theEnvironment, University of Oxford. He is the author of Being andPlace among the Tlingit.
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