Search Results for 'Athabascan'

Reverend David Salmon, Athabascan nonagenarian

The first link to the audio story is quite good. Father Salmon and Peter John (another nonagenarian) were extraordinarily accomplished.
Rev. David Salmon

Flags are at half-staff across Alaska today, following the death of an Athabascan elder and leader. The Reverend David Salmon died yesterday. He was the first traditional chief for the Tanana Chief’s region, and the first Athabascan ordained to the Episcopal ministry.
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
http://aprn.org/2007/10/12/alaska-remembers-tanana-elder-david-salmon/

  • The 95-year-old cherished Gwich’in elder has been first traditional chief since August 2003, following the passing of Chief Peter John of Minto. The position is … held in high esteem.

  • Last Modified: October 12, 2007 at 02:43 PM
    Athabascan traditional chief Salmon dies at 95

    FAIRBANKS — The first traditional chief for the Athabascan people of the Interior died Thursday at his home in Chalkyitsik. The Rev. David Salmon was 95. “He was sitting in his favorite chair when he passed,” Salmon’s granddaughter, Patricia Salmon”

    http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/9374481p-9287881c.html

    Father Salmon’s biography is here, from the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments,

  • http://www.catg.org/gallery/elders/DavidSalmon.html
  • and another one is here, Tanana Chiefs Conference–

  • Chief Salmon, who was first made Chief of Chalkyitsik at the age of 29, helped shape the community and was instrumental in building a school and starting a store. He introduced the first Christmas tree and potlatch, and built the church by hauling 90 logs at the age of 70, using only a chainsaw.
  • Chief David Salmon – “My father saved my life”
  • He received an honorary degree from the University of Alaska.

    “Athabascan elder Rev. David Salmon, traditional chief of Chalkyitsik and second chief of Interior Alaska villages with the Tanana Chiefs Conference, just celebrated his 90th birthday, was the first Gwich’in to be ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church where he served for more than 42 years.

    Salmon has had a life-long interest in education and sharing his cultural knowledge with others through programs such as UAF’s Elder in Residence program and the Academy of Elders, an intense immersion program for certified teachers intent on developing K-12 curriculum and teacher training programs. Salmon has collaborated extensively with UAF’s anthropology department and has been a Geist lecturer at the University of Alaska Museum for the past five summers. Salmon is considered a master toolmaker and his tools, fish traps and canoes are on display at the museum and in other university buildings. Salmon is a founding member of Denakkanaaga nonprofit elders’ organization. In January, the David Salmon Tribal Hall was opened in Fairbanks and dedicated by TCC in recognition of a lifetime of service. Salmon will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws.”
    http://www.uaf.edu/commencement/2002/hdr.html

    Chief David Salmon 2006
    Chief David Salmon Traditional Athabascan Tool Collection, a new art acquisition purchased jointly by Doyon, Limited and the Doyon Foundation.

    “I knew that if I didn’t make the tools, that they would just stay back there to be forgotten… How can the young people learn without seeing the tool? The Athabascan way is to teach by showing you; then when you see, you will learn. That is why when I speak about a tool, it must be in my hand. That is how it always was; that is how it should be.” — Chief David Salmon

    … in the summer of 1994, Chief David Salmon began to craft a collection of tools, illustrating the pre- and early post-contact technology of theAthabascans of Alaska’s Interior. Most of these tools were used in the Athabascans’ subsistence lifestyle into the 1920s.

    http://www.doyon.com/pdfs/news_august04.pdf

    Both Chief Salmon and Chief Peter John spoke widely about their religious faith.
    “The history of this country is not known,” Salmon explains his reasons for doing that book, plus another on the oral history of his people. “Young people do not know it. Old people die with it. Well, I don’t want to die with it. I want the young people to have it.”O’Brien, Thomas A. 1997. Athabaskan implements from the skin house days as related by Reverend David Salmon. Thesis (M.A.)–University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1997. OCLC: 42066842

    The Gospel according to Peter John
    # Publisher: Alaska Native Knowledge Network (1996)
    # Language: English
    # ASIN: B000BSFGQY

    Site Search Tags: , , , , ,

    Advertisements

    Picturing Alaska history : USA territory to statehood

    Turner Publishing (http://www.turnerpublishing.com) asked if I would consider reviewing a new book. I’m glad I agreed. Historic Photos of Alaska has just been published, a large format book of black and white photographs from the period 1867 to 1979. Dermot Cole, long-time columnist for the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer, provides the text and captions.

    As a journalist, Dermot also has an interest in history (apart from his twin brother, Terrance, history professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks). Dermot Cole is the author of Amazing Pipeline Stories published by Epicenter Press in 1997, about the people and Fairbanks during the Alaska oil pipeline construction.

    The perspective of Historic Photos of Alaska, is for those readers outside Alaska. That is, this is a pictorial history of Alaska as part of “America”. [Through no fault of this book, many in the US will still consider Alaska as a foreign body, along with New Mexico.]

    The photos are arranged by time periods, from purchase to statehood– 1867-1905, 1906-1919, 1920-1940, and 1941-1979. These periods represent significant periods of US and Alaska relations. The orientation is a deliberate effort to stand apart from the usual Alaskana picture books. Another significant difference in this book is the choice of rarely seen photos and not the ubiquitous ones. The photos are reproduced with sufficient quality to review again and again and see something new each time.

    Readers can follow themes such as regional changes (southeast Alaska also known as the Northwest Coast compared to Nome in northwest Alaska) and transportation. However, other themes can be chosen by readers according to personal interest.

      Dogs
      Most of the dogs are Alaska huskies (freight variety), such as ones on pages 44 and 55 and in harness, page 58. However, the team on page 67 is actually part of a Saami family (reindeer herders originally from Scandinavia. Note the hats and boot toes.) The harness setup is very different from that of the Eskimo family team on page 128. There are also sporting dogs (early 20th century conformation) such as the one on page 92 belonging to Jim Haly. Look carefully. The dog has just spotted another dog out of view, and kicked up a cloud of dust with his hind legs.

      Electric trees
      Even on the frozen tundra of Nome (page 111) and sprouting ever more branches over time in populated areas such as Cordova page 120 and Fairbanks page 151.

      Military
      One way to trace the influence of the military in Alaska is through men’s hats in the photos. Since Territorial days, the military has been a significant economic and development force in Alaska. Much of the early geological studies and geodetic surveys were military. World War II and then the Cold War continued the inflow of money and people. Photos from pages 168 to 180 show differing aspects of building the Al-Can or Alaska Highway and the later battles of Attu and the Aleutians. (see related posts here on the Al-Can and the Aleutians, https://theelderlies.wordpress.com/special-projects/photo-index-cking-wwii/)

      Miscellany
      Everywhere. The curiosity of Edwardian women’s fashion in open-air fish camp (useful against mosquitoes I suppose); the plank streets (for cars and horses) 400 miles from the nearest highway; even a Piggly-Wiggly store outside of the South.

    Dermot Cole avoided the shop worn stash of Alaska photos. However, the next to last photo, page 197, is of the oil pipeline’s zigzagged engineering (to avoid temperature stresses) up the North Slope and over the Brooks Mountain Range. It’s a clever homage to the iconic Klondike gold rush photo of the future miners traipsing up the Chilkoot Pass.

    I do have some quibbles with the book. There is an amazing variety of horses depicted but no photos of cows at Creamer’s Dairy in Fairbanks (I like the image of the wood stove chimney peeking out the milk truck to keep contents from freezing at 40 below).

    More importantly, an outline map of Alaska is needed, with the places of photos identified.

    The southwest of Alaska is mostly excluded. Considering that most folks in or outside Alaska believe everyone lives in an Eskimo igloo, it would also be helpful to include a map of languages/cultural regions in the state. Most readers will not be aware of the significance of the temporary, river going, hide boat depicted on page 44 built by the Athabascan Indian trapper to bring his skins to market. Compare with the more permanent skin boat built by Iñupiat Eskimo marine hunters on page 103. I already noted the Saami family.

    The period of the first half of 1919 is missing although extremely important in the demography and history of non-urban Alaska. Upwards of 80% to 100% of people in some communities died during the pandemic of the “Spanish Flu”. The Jesse Lee Home (I ran across this recently published history) was one of several that cared for orphans left behind (those that survived long enough for help to reach them).

    A suggested reading list would be nice, including Steven Langdon’s 1993. The Native People of Alaska. Anchorage, AK : Greatland Graphics. ISBN: 0936425172 9780936425177 OCLC: 27405205

    A great companion volume would be John S. Whitehead’s 2004. Completing the Union: Alaska, Hawaii, and the Battle for Statehood. Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press. ISBN: 0826336361 9780826336361 082633637X 9780826336378, OCLC: 55665367

    This book is not supposed to be a comprehensive pictorial history. Cole did an amazing job just to make a selection from all the possibilities and put together such an enjoyable book.


    ——————-
    [Dermot Cole. 2008 Historic Photos of Alaska. Nashville: Turner Publishing Co.
    # ISBN-10: 1596524243
    # ISBN-13: 978-1596524248
    # LoC 2007938665
    Hardcover: 216 pages, Language: English, Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.1 x 1 inches, list price $39.95]


    Site Search Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    Gathering of Alaska Native Wisdom Bearers

    I wish there were more extensive notes on the talks. But the audio/video and maybe a transcript will eventually be available.

    Ethel Lund said she was a bit taken back about being called a “Wisdom Bearer.” “I feel that with gray hair, wisdom doesn’t come automatically, so I’m still in the stage of learning myself. My grandmother said you’re always learning until the day you leave and I find that to be true,” she said.

    Words of Wisdom
    By Robinson Duffy, Published October 25, 2007

    Since 1968, the University of Alaska has awarded honorary doctorates to 43 Alaska Natives. At a meeting Wednesday morning, dubbed the Gathering of Alaska Native Wisdom Bearers, many of the surviving holders of honorary doctorates spoke in the Davis Concert Hall to an audience of high school students, visiting Alaska Natives in town for the Alaska Federation of Natives annual conference, and other community members.

    The nearly four-hour meeting was recording on audio and video and will be archived by the university… More than a dozen elders spoke during the meeting. What follows are brief gems of wisdom gleaned from some of those speeches.

    …The Rev. Walter Soboleff, the first Alaska Native to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska… was born in 1908 in Killisnoo.

    At least two are nonagenarians. Unfortunately, Rev. David Salmon did not live long enough to give his address.


    Site Search Tags: , , , , , , ,

    2006 AI/AN data report from US Census 2000

    Recent AIAN data report from US Census 2000

    We the People: American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States — A portrait of the American Indian and Alaska Native population in the United States, providing data on the largest specified tribal groupings, reservations, Alaska Native Village Statistical Areas (ANVSAs) and areas outside reservations and ANVSAs at the national level.

    It is part of a special report series that presents data collected from Census 2000 on demographic, social and economic characteristics.

    Internet address: http://www.census.gov/prod/2006pubs/censr-28.pdf
    This report presents data for the following American Indian tribal groupings:
    Apache
    Iroquois
    Cherokee
    Lumbee
    Chippewa
    Navaho
    Choctaw
    Pueblo
    Creek
    Sioux

    This report presents data for the following Alaska Native tribal groupings:
    Alaskan Athabascan
    Aleut
    Eskimo
    Tlingit-Haida

    Technorati Tags: , , , ,


    O’Folks (off their rocker)

    Old age isn't a disease.

    Arctic sunset

    © header image

    Comments how-tos

    For those new to blogs, check out this post *commenting on blogs* Recent comments, on the sidebar blogroll, often have additional or complementary information. Recent revisions of posts themselves may be found by using the search box for "revised". Tech support says spam (ads or worse) is hitting WordPress heavily so if you don't see your comment in 24 hours, send an E-mail and TS will check the spam trap.

    RSS BHIC Bringing Health Info to the Community

    • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

    Categories

    RSS Nonagenarian news

    • Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Emory has died at age 97 - KITV Honolulu
      KITV HonoluluPearl Harbor survivor Ray Emory has died at age 97KITV HonoluluPearl Harbor survivor Ray Emory has died at age 97 in Boise, Idaho. Emory dedicated his life to identifying the remains of hundreds of service members killed on Dec. 7, 1941 and buried as “unknowns” in Hawaii. He helped identify the remains of more ...Pearl Harbor survivor who pushed […]
    • Former Santa Maria Councilman, County Supervisor Toru Miyoshi Dies at Age 90 - Noozhawk
      NoozhawkFormer Santa Maria Councilman, County Supervisor Toru Miyoshi Dies at Age 90NoozhawkToru Miyoshi, who was incarcerated at concentration camps as a youth during World War II and then served on the Santa Maria City Council and Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, has died at age 90. The Guadalupe native later moved to Santa ...and more »
    • Leader of Israel's Left, Uri Avnery, passes away age 94 - Ynetnews
      JerusalemOnlineLeader of Israel's Left, Uri Avnery, passes away age 94YnetnewsThe prominent journalist, left-wing peace activist and former MK Uri Avnery passed away at age 94 overnight Sunday after suffering a stroke ten days ago. He was hospitalized immediately after in Ichilov Hospital at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center ...Uri Avnery, Veteran Pe […]
    • Prince Philip's Cousin Was a Paratrooper Who Helped Liberate France From the Nazis - TownandCountrymag.com
      TownandCountrymag.comPrince Philip's Cousin Was a Paratrooper Who Helped Liberate France From the NazisTownandCountrymag.comRoyal relative Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma died on July 7, 2018 at the age of 92. Michel, the son of Princess Margaret of Denmark and Prince René of Bourbon-Parma, is perhaps best remembered for his heroic efforts fighting for t […]
    • Miriam Nelson, 98, Golden Age Dancer and Choreographer, Dies - New York Times
      New York TimesMiriam Nelson, 98, Golden Age Dancer and Choreographer, DiesNew York TimesMiriam Nelson, whose seven-decade career as a choreographer and dancer spanned the golden ages of Broadway, Hollywood and television, died on Aug. 12 at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 98. The death was confirmed by Rusty Frank, a dance ...
    • Hollywood Choreographer Miriam Nelson Passes Away at Age 98 - Broadway World
      Broadway WorldHollywood Choreographer Miriam Nelson Passes Away at Age 98Broadway WorldIt has been reported that Hollywood choreographer to the stars of the Golden Age, Miriam Nelson passed away this week at age 98, at her home in Beverly Hills. In addition to acting as choreographer for classic films such as Breakfast at Tiffany's, The ...Miriam Nelson […]
    • Former Indian PM Vajpayee dies after illness at age 93 - Fox News
      Fox NewsFormer Indian PM Vajpayee dies after illness at age 93Fox NewsNEW DELHI – Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process, died on Thursday after a prolonged illness.Vajpayee death: Three-time Indian p […]
    • Geneva J. Ryter, age 92, of Waco, died Thursday - Temple Daily Telegram
      Temple Daily TelegramGeneva J. Ryter, age 92, of Waco, died ThursdayTemple Daily TelegramGeneva J. Ryter, 92, of Waco, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Tuesday, August 21 at OakCrest Funeral Home with burial to follow at Rosemound Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Monday, August 20 at ...
    • Charles Blackman, Australian figurative painter, dies aged 90 - The Guardian
      The GuardianCharles Blackman, Australian figurative painter, dies aged 90The GuardianHe left school at age 13 and worked as an illustrator on the Sydney Sun newspaper. He attended night classes at East Sydney Technical College but his art was self-taught in the main. Blackman married writer Barbara Patterson, in 1951. He produced his ...Artist Charles Blackm […]
    • Skydiving at age 95 - Iceland Monitor
      Iceland MonitorSkydiving at age 95Iceland MonitorThe oldest Icelander ever to go skydiving in Iceland enjoyed the experience yesterday when he jumped out of a plane above Hella, South Iceland. The daredevil in question is none other than former director of the Icelandic Met Office, 95-year-old Páll ...and more »
    August 2018
    M T W T F S S
    « May    
     12345
    6789101112
    13141516171819
    20212223242526
    2728293031  

    Haeremai Camai Bula Bepuwave Bienvenidos

    • 188,022 visitors
    Advertisements