Category Archives: AI/AN

American Indian / Alaska Native

Alutiiq Museum, the MacArthur Prize, and Dr Lydia Black

Sven Haakanson, director of the Alutiiq Museum, was honored by a MacArthur Fellowship this week, a well-deserved recognition. He credits Lydia Black with spurring his interest in anthropology and in pursuing a doctorate degree as a means to doing his life’s work.

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Alaska’s state song, both verses wanted

Dave, a reader of Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, was looking for a recording of both verses of the Alaska state song. Ed Darrell, bathtub incarnate, was able to track down a version of Fred Waring’s chorale singing the first verse. To get a copy, contact him at

Does anyone know of an on-line version of the song, both verses? Check out what we’ve found out so far. Also, visit Ed’s great collection on flag etiquette, history, patriotism, etc.

REVISED 2008-05-20 from Daniel Cornwall, Head of Information Services, Alaska State Library,

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Thank you for contacting the Alaska State Library regarding an online version of BOTH verses of Alaska’s State Song. The Alaska Youth Choir sang both verses for the opening session of the Alaska House of Representatives on January 14, 2002. Their song can be found on this archived audio file from Gavel to Gavel:

The song with two verses can be found on this file from 7 min 41 sec TO 10 min 16 sec.

PS– the video of former Lt Governor Fran Ulmer is posted directly at According to Ms Ulmer, she has recorded both verses for the Permanent Fund Corp. Anyone know where these might be posted?

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Traditional foods guide

from NAEP Native Access to Engineering Programme First aboriginal food guide balances traditional, practical

and from CBC [read the entire story here]

Canada Food Guide cover small

“Bannock, berries, wild game and canned milk are part of a new version of Canada’s Food Guide, created specifically for First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

“With this guide, First Nations, Inuit and Métis will have a tool to make more informed choices and nurture a healthy future by building on the traditions and values of a proud past and present,” Federal Health Minister Tony Clement said after unveiling the new food guide at a Yellowknife school Wednesday.

  • What are the main differences between Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide and Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide – First Nations, Inuit and Métis?

    Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide – First Nations, Inuit and Métis reflects the importance of both traditional and store-bought foods for Aboriginal people living in Canada.

Some culturally specific examples of single servings include:

* Leafy vegetables and wild plants: 125 millilitres, cooked; 250 millilitres, raw.
* Berries: 125 millilitres.
* Bannock: 35 grams (a piece about five by five by 2.5 centimetres).
* Traditional meats and wild game: 75 grams, cooked.

  • “We are pleased to see ‘country food’ being recognized in the Canada Food Guide as an essential element of a nutritious diet for Inuit,” commented Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. “Country food for Inuit includes caribou, Arctic Char, seal, whale, walrus, muskox, ptarmigan, and many other plants, animals, and fish. This Food Guide will be a useful tool to educate Inuit youth across the Arctic and in the South.”

Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide: First Nations, Inuit and Métis
Health Canada
HC Pub.: 3426
Cat.: H34-159/2007E-PDF
ISBN: 978-0-662-45521-9

Help on accessing alternative formats, such as PDF, MP3 and WAV files, can be obtained. This publication can be made available on request on diskette, large print, audio-cassette and braille (and in French). Contact Publications, Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9
Tel.: 1-866-225-0709
TTY: 1-800-267-1245
Fax: (613) 941-5366

Canada First Nations have done some extraordinary nutrition and dietary research.

  • On-line nutrition course for Inuit communities
  • The Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE) is an incredible idea. Harriet Kuhnlein, the first director, does excellent work with communities. CINE was one of the models for formulating an autonomous, community-based Center for Human Ecology, (northern Pueblos, New Mexico.)

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Other examples for use in HazArt mitigation

I still don’t have access to my deep storage of projects (wouldn’t your community like its very own “overqualified” thinker?) but there are other sources of information to understand and protect one’s self and environment. I will point to these sources here.

Pottery (shaping and firing) has already been mentioned here
| Native Crafts Health Effects Project | and the comments.

There is an interesting series of photos and text about making traditional pottery in the Catawba style. The photos include one of firing and of the preparation of clay. Also included is one of scraping the dried pottery to shape it prior to firing.

dusty sanding stone sculpture

Sculpting and stone dust. Note the use of a respirator and gloves. A shower and change of clothes would be needed before leaving the worksite. This would avoid one of the occupational health classics– families of asbestos miners and workers would themselves get lung cancer because the dust off the clothing would be brought home. [for example,

“Hazardous Substances Can Contaminate Workers’ Homes and Families:
* Contamination on work clothing transferred to washing machines and dryers. Dangerous levels of hazardous materials can poisoning the person handling them and contaminate other laundry.
* contamination on tools and equipment transferred to homes and vehicles
* scrap lumber taken home from work
* workers may pass dangerous materials to their family members through contact with their hands and body
* cottage industries where work was done on home property
* family members can be exposed to dangerous materials in dust or air through visits to the workplace”

I can’t tell if eye protection is used (I hope so; but see how the Feds use PPE | Experts will test birds for signs of avian flu |) Safety glasses should be used even for scraping and sanding wet or dry clay.

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Lydia T. Black audio memorials

Both of these memorials are very interesting and nicely done.

Unalaska public radio

Lydia Black, scholar of the Aleutians, dies at 81

UNALASKA, AK (2007-03-13) One of the most renowned scholars of Unangan culture and art has passed away. […] Audio (mp3 file): Patty Lekanoff-Gregory knew Lydia Black for more than thirty years, since her first visit to Unalaska in 1974. She spoke with KIAL’s Charles Homans today about the anthropologist’s three-decade relationship with the Aleutian Islands.

Kodiak public radio
The audio news story and partial transcript. Zöe Pierson, Lydia’s daughter is interviewed.

Anthropologist Lydia Black Dies At Age 81, […] Length: 00:03:53 (mp3 file)
Casey Kelly, KMXT

and broadcast on Alaska Public Radio, evening statewide news 13 March 2007. Available as mp3 file.

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