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Ongoing Exhibition-Ends July 2019 Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans
The Athabaskans were the first people to arrive in North America by crossing the Bering Strait from Russia.
There was some strife at the school between the Inupiaqs and the Athabaskans, with the church teachers not seeming to understand the history or difference between cultures.
"As Dena'ina Athabaskans, we are super hypersensitive to the environment," says McQueen.
They served their people as inspirational and effective spiritual and political leaders (David Salmon became the traditional chief of all Athabaskans), and by their example, let multiple generations know that they could be native, Christian and whole.
Kenny Thomas is a master storyteller and he has succeeded in telling his story to a general public and in passing on cultural traditions to a new generation of young Athabaskans. Craig Mishler has served their collaboration well.
mainstream White Americans) and Athabaskans, and they are quick to advise their audience of the diversity encompassed by the term "Native": "We cannot make generalizations about 'Alaska Natives' and hope that they will be fair to many individuals" (17).
There are cultural differences (even within Alaska - natives in Southeast Alaska, for example, have more in common with Pacific Northwest Indians than with Eskimos, Athabaskans, or Aleuts).
The people we know as being Navajos are, in reality, a product of the coming together of two distinct peoples, the Athabaskans and the Pueblos.
Here she also discusses briefly the importance of Jette's and Chapman's work as earlier recorders and commentators on Dena stories (she also dedicates the book to these two scholars) and acknowledges her use of major works by other scholars of Interior Athabaskans. In addition to the standard works known outside Alaska, these include the three volumes of Koyukuk River Koyukon stories told by Catherine Attla (1983, 1989, 1990) and translated by Eliza Jones, with a companion volume of analysis by Chad Thompson (1990).
The Gwich'in are one of eleven distinct Athabaskan Indian groups inhabiting a portion of interior Alaska and northwestern Canada (the Athabaskans are the northernmost of all North American Indian groups and are related linguistically to the Navajo and Apache).