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Title Shem Pete's Alaska : the territory of the Upper Cook Inlet Dena'ina / [compiled and edited] by James Kari and James A. Fall ; principal contributor, Shem Pete ; additional place names and commentary by Daniel Alex [and 51 others].

Publication Info. Fairbanks, Alaska : The University of Alaska Press with the Alaska Native Language Center, [2016]

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Edition Revised second edition.
Description 1 online resource : illustrations, maps
Language Text in English with translations of Dena'ina.
Note "Revised second edition, ©2016 University of Alaska Press ; second edition, ©2003 University of Alaska Press ; first edition, 1987 Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska and the SIRI Foundation"--Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Summary "Shem Pete (1896-1989), the colorful and brilliant raconteur from Susitna Station, Alaska left a rich legacy of knowledge about the Upper Cook Inlet Dena'ina world. Shem was one of the most versatile storytellers and historians in twentieth century Alaska. His lifetime travel map of approximately 13,500 square miles is one of the largest ever documented in this degree of detail anywhere in the world. Reflecting the latest scholarship on Upper Inlet Dena'ina ethnogeography and history, this revised second edition includes new place names, two new essays, numerous annotations, and new photographs. It also illustrates how Shem Pete's Alaska has contributed to the recognition of the Dena'ina heritage of southcentral Alaska since the publication of the second edition in 2003. The names form a reconstructed place name network from the vantage points of the life experiences of Shem Pete and other Dena'ina and Ahtna speakers. The place names are annotated with comments and stories by Shem Pete and more than fifty other contributors, and with historic references, vignettes, numerous photographs, a selection of historic maps, and shaded-relief place name maps. The authors provide perspective on Dena'ina language and culture, and a summary of Dena'ina geographic knowledge and place name research methodology. The book is a significant contribution to Athabascan ethnography and linguistics, the history of Alaska, and to the fields of ethnogeography and onomastics. This book will be the basic reference work on the Dena'ina people of Upper Cook Inlet"--Provided by publisher.
Contents List of Maps and Tables -- Foreword / by William Bright -- Preface to the 2016 Edition -- Preface to the 2003 Edition -- Introduction to the 1987 Edition -- Terminology and Format -- Symbols, Abbreviations, Common Dena'ina Words -- The Dena'ina and Ahtna Sound Systems and Alphabets -- Introduction: Shem Pete Ełan Shit'i, "I Am Shem Pete" -- The Dena'ina Language Area, Dena'ina Dialects, and Prehistoric Migrations / by James Kari -- Prehistory of the Greater Upper Cook Inlet Region / by Douglas Reger and Brian T. Wygal -- The Russian Presence in Upper Cook Inlet / by James Kari and James A. Fall -- Upper Inlet Dena'ina Regional Bands, Subsistence Patterns, and Traditional Leaders / by James A. Fall -- Upper Inlet Dena'ina Bands and Band Names / by James Kari -- Dena'ina Place Names and Territorial Knowledge / by James Kari -- A Note on Map Production for Shem Pete's Alaska / by Matt Ganley -- 1. Western Cook Inlet -- Chief Simeon Chickalusion, 1880/1957 -- Tanik'edi, a Dena'ina Technique for Salmon Fishing in Cook Inlet / by Nickafor Alexan -- Beluga Hunting in the Tyonek Area / by James Kari and James A. Fall -- Quyushi Uqu Ch'el'ani, Beluga Hunting / by Shem Pete -- 2. Lower Susitna River -- The Wrangell Map of 1839 / by James Kari -- Early Historic Dena'ina Log and Pole Buildings / by D.C. Beard -- Susitnu Htsukdu'a : The Susitna Story / by Shem Pete -- 3. Fish Creek 99 Notes on Dena'ina Watercraft / by James Kari -- Baytnidahen and Red Shirt / by Shem Pete ; translated by Billy Pete -- 4. Alexander Creek Drainage -- Ghuliy : Potlatch Wealth / by James Kari -- 5. Lower Yentna River -- Shem Pete, Dena'ina Singer and Composer / by Thomas F. Johnston -- 6. Skwentna River to the Rainy Pass Area -- Htal : the 1932 Trip to Rainy Pass / by Sava Stephan -- Introducing the Proto-Dene Lex Loci with Selected Dene Place Names South and West of the Alaska Range / by James Kari -- 7. Upper Yentna River, Lake Creek, and Kahiltna River -- Archaeological Investigations at Tiq'atl'ena Bena (Hewitt Lake) / by R. Greg Dixon -- 1919 Trip from Susitna Station to the Johnson Creek area and Hewitt Lake / by Shem Pete -- 8. Middle Susitna River -- Traveling with the Kroto Creek Band in the 1920s / by Katherine Nicolie -- Q'u Nuch'tutna? Dini Sht'a -- The Story of Beł Dink'udlaghen : The One Who Swam Back Inside with Them (the Salmon) / by Shem Pete -- Wasilla Stephan of Montana Creek / compiled by James Kari ; with an excerpt by Russell Annabel -- 9. Chulitna River -- Names for Denali in Alaska Native Languages and the Denali Name Change of 2015 / by James Kari -- 10. Upper Susitna River -- A Trip from Tyone Village to Knik in 1912 / by Jim Tyone -- Recent Advances in Ethnogeographic Research Methods / by James Kari -- 11. Talkeetna River -- Ch'anqet' and the Mountain People / by Shem Pete -- John Shaginoff -- 12. Little Susitna River -- No Room in the Homeland : Willow's First Citizen Looks for Home / by James Kari and Priscilla Russell -- Being with Shem Pete / by Priscilla Russell -- 13. Western Knik Arm -- Knik Archaeological Excavations / by Fran Seager-Boss -- 14. Matanuska River -- Basdut : Old Man Ezi / told in Dena'ina by Shem Pete ; translated by Billy Pete -- Chief Ezi / by Alberta Stephan -- The Chickaloon Ahtna Country / by Katie Wade and the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council -- 15. Eastern Knik Arm and the Anchorage area -- Dach' Idlughet Hyighiyih : How Eklutna Got Its Name / by Shem Pete -- Early Days in Anchorage / by Shem Pete and Sava Stephan -- 16. Turnagain Arm and Point Possession -- Captain Cook's Arrival in Cook Inlet in 1778 / by James Kari -- Nutu?'iy ch'u Tutl'uh : Fire Island and Turnagain Arm / by Shem Pete -- Unhsah Tahna'ina : The First Underwater People / by Fedosia Sacaloff -- 2003 bibliography -- 2016 Bibliography -- Geographic names index -- Personal names index -- Subject index.
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Subject Dena'ina Indians -- Alaska -- Cook Inlet.
Names, Dena'ina -- Alaska -- Cook Inlet.
Names, Geographical -- Alaska.
Names, Geographical -- Alaska -- Cook Inlet.
Dena'ina language -- Glossaries, vocabularies, etc.
Alaska -- History, Local.
Cook Inlet (Alaska) -- History, Local.
Dena'ina Indians.
Dena'ina language.
Names, Dena'ina.
Names, Geographical.
Pacific Ocean -- Cook Inlet.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Glossaries, vocabularies, etc.
Local history.
Added Author Kari, James M., editor.
Fall, James A., editor.
Pete, Shem, approximately 1896-1989, contributor.
Alex, Daniel, contributor.
Alaska Native Language Center, issuing body.
Other Form: Print version: Shem Pete's Alaska. Revised second edition. Fairbanks, Alaska : The University of Alaska Press with the Alaska Native Language Center, [2016] 9781602233065 (DLC) 2016017304 (OCoLC)946610539
ISBN 9781602233072 (electronic bk.)
1602233071 (electronic bk.)