A Yupiaq Worldview: A Pathway to Ecology and Spirit by Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley
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A Yupiaq Worldview
A Pathway to Ecology and Spirit
Second Edition
A. Oscar Kawagley is a man of two worlds, walking the sometimes bewildering line between traditional Yupiaq culture and the Westernized Yupiaq life of today. In this study, Kawagley follows both memories of his Yupiaq grandmother, who raised him with the stories of the Bear Woman and respectful knowledge of the reciprocity of nature, and his own education in science as it is taught in Western schools. He hears the elders’ voices in Alaska and knows how to look for the weather and to use the land and its creatures with the most delicate care.

In a call to unite the two parts of his own and modern Yupiaq history, Kawagley proposes a way of teaching that incorporates all ways of knowing available in Yupiaq and Western science. He has traveled a long journey, but it ends where it began, in a fishing camp in southwestern Alaska, a home for his heart and spirit. The Second Edition examines changes that have impacted the Yupiaq and other Alaska Native communities, including implementation of cultural standards in indigenous education and the emergence of a holistic approach in the sciences.
“A great book with contemporary issues in politics, economy, and education as well as current adaptations of a native people. I look forward to using it.” — Alison Stratton, Quinnipiac University

“Provides an insider’s description of a traditional culture as it confronts the arrival of ‘modern’ Western society. A useful ethnography in an introductory anthropology course.” — Paul Bach, Essex County College

“Well done. I was looking for a book that merged spirit with ecology.” — Laura Cooper, Kwantlen University College

“An excellent book! As an arctic anthropologist with much interest in consciousness, worldview, etc., I’m glad to see these topics covered in such an accessible manner.” — William C. Brower, Johnson State College
Table of Contents

1. Yupiaq Worldview: The Meeting of Old and New
Alaska Native Worldview / Yupiaq Worldview / Yupiaq Ways of Knowing: An Illustration / Alaska Native Lifeways and Education

2. Akiak and the Yupiit Nation
Akiak on the Kuskokwim / Akiak and the Modern World / Consequences of Adaptation

3. Yupiaq Science, Technology, and Survival
Science and Mathematics from a Yupiaq Perspective / Science and Technology for Survival on the Kuskokwim / Village Life in Changing Times / Summary

4. Education and Science in a Yupiaq School
Education: The Meeting of Old and New / Education on the Kuskokwim / Native People, Science, and Education

5. Yupiaq Cultural Adaptation in the Contemporary World
Soft Technology: Adaptations to Culture and Environment / Alaska Natives and Schooling / Yupiaq Ethnoscience: Implications for Village Education / Integrating Schooling and Yupiaq Ways of Knowing / A Fish-Camp Science Odyssey Curriculum / From the Yupiaq Fish Camp to Gaia / Summary / Conclusion

Epilogue: Synchronicities and Incremental Advance

Appendix: Research Considerations
Research Setting / Methodology / Background and Biases of the Researcher / Domains and Instrumentation / Field Methodologies in Retrospect

Study Guide (prepared by M. Jill Brody, Louisiana State University)