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Alaska Biography Series #2 - Alatna - Nictune

By: Madison, Curt, Yarber, Yvonne
ISBN: 0-88839-062-9
Binding: Trade Paper
Size: 8.5" X 11"
Pages: 80
Photos: 52
Illustrations: 2
Publication Date: 1980

PR Highlights: A Biography of Alanta, AK Native - Oscar Nictune.
PHOTO Highlights: Historical b/w photos throughout.

Description: A detailed account of the life and times of Alaskan Eskimo Oscar Nictune Senior.

Oscar Nictune - Alatna is the second in a series of autobiographies of people who live in the eleven villages serviced by the Yukon-Koyukuk School District. These books are designed for upper level elementary students living in rural Alaska although they may well captivate readers of all ages. The series is meant to fill the void created by school materials that all come from outside and carry that bias. Alaska need not be described as a barren wasteland on the periphery of the real world. This is the center of a rich and varied and, unfortunately, neglected culture. We hope to bring home some relevance of curriculum through this series. Oscar Nictune, and other people in this series, are familiar to the students in rural Interior Alaska. This story and others like it offer students the opportunity to take a closer look at home and to study some of the changes that have taken place in a historically short period of time. This book has been written in the language style of the story teller. As his speech is like that of many students, it may allow easy reading. For others it is an introduction to a language that has evolved since the recent coming of outside people to Native Alaskan land. This book is by no means a definitive work. It should be viewed as a beginning point for teachers in classrooms throughout the Interior.

 Author Biography:

Getting how we make living, like in this book. That's better than giving kids fairytale stories. Good that our young kids can read how people before them live. Their lives change from our time. War is steady out there. They listen to radio. They know.

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