King Island, an islet southeast of Bering Strait between Alaska and Siberia, is the traditional home of the Ugiuvangmiut. Just two and a half miles long and one and a half miles wide, the island has a rugged shoreline consisting of steep embankments with no beach. People lived in houses perched on stilts along the cliffs. King Islanders developed a culture and an Inupiaq Eskimo dialect all their own, suggesting a period of habitation lasting for countless generations. Although the people moved from the island in the 1950s and 1960s, the culture that once thrived there is recalled in this collection of stories and photographs. The texts are presented in the original Inupiaq with English translations. A detailed description of King Island village and its people by Ursula Ellanna and a compelling summary of traditional life by Margaret Seeganna are included. Linguist Lawrence Kaplan summarizes the King Island dialect. The striking photographs that illustrate the book were taken in 1937 and 1938 by Father Bernard Hubbard, S.J., "The Glacier Priest." The book includes photos, maps, and a bibliography.
Language: Inupiaq (North Slope) (KI01)
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