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By James Kari, James A. Fall, William Bright, Shem Pete

Shem Pete (1896-1989), the colourful and outstanding raconteur from Susitna Station, Alaska, left a wealthy legacy of data in regards to the top prepare dinner Inlet Dena'ina international. Pete used to be essentially the most flexible storytellers and historians in twentieth-century Alaska, and his lifetime trip map of roughly 13,500 sq. miles is among the greatest ever documented during this measure of aspect at any place within the world.This accelerated variation of Shem Pete's Alaska offers 973 named areas in sixteen drainage-based chapters. The names shape a reconstructed community from the vantage issues of the existence stories of Shem Pete and different Dena'ina and Ahtna audio system. it really is annotated with reviews and tales by way of Shem Pete and greater than 50 different individuals, plus ancient references, vignettes, copious pictures, ancient maps, and shaded-relief placename maps. The authors offer standpoint on Dena'ina language and tradition, in addition to a precis of Dena'ina geographic wisdom and placename learn methodology.This superbly produced variation is a treasure for all Alaskans and for a person drawn to the "personal connectedness to a gorgeous land" voiced by means of Dena'ina elders.From the foreword via William vibrant: "Shem Pete's adventure and knowledge as an elder of the Dena'ina Athabascan Indians shine via this paintings just like the sun?€”as do the ability and devotion of James Kari, James Fall, and the opposite Dena'ina, Ahtna, Alaska local, and Anglo-American those who contributed to creating the e-book a fact. . . . we now have a quantity that gives a bright photograph of local Alaskan tradition, heritage, geography, and language, with further glimpses of oral literature and track. . . . All local American Peoples, certainly, all conventional groups on this planet will be lucky and proud to have this sort of checklist in their existence and culture."

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They [were] scared the Dena’ina would kill them. They didn’t trap much [on the Kenai Peninsula]. They [Dena’ina] never let the Russians up there [up the Susitna River]. They [Russians] were too cheap [in trading]. They [Dena’ina] don’t allow them. They kill them. ” Shem Pete added (from Fall and Greiser 1986): “They know what they done down the Inlet. They took all the fur and run for nothing. They take their clothes. They took the fur away from the Natives. ” The two earliest records of Dena’ina participating in long-distance interior trade are from the 1790s.

It seems that the Russians had no direct control over the Upper Inlet Dena’ina or their lands, although they did influence the Dena’ina people in major ways by introducing western trade goods and, later, after the 1840s, the Orthodox religion (Fall 1981, 1987). The first Euro-Americans to contact the Dena’ina were British. The Cook expedition spent a week in Cook Inlet in 1778 (see Chapter 16). Russian forts were established at Kasilof and Kenai in the 1780s and 1790s. We know that the first twenty or twenty-five years of Russian-Dena’ina contact were extremely violent, especially on the Kenai Peninsula (Bancroft 1886:338ff).

16 There is no evidence of a permanent Russian post or store, other than the short-lived fort at Tyonek in the1790s, anywhere in Upper Cook Inlet until the time of the 1867 purchase of Alaska by the United States (Davis1965:14). From the Dena’ina point of view, the Upper Inlet was entirely their territory until Americans began to enter in search of gold in the mid-1880s. Brooks (1953:175–76, 235) noted that “Russian trade routes were almost entirely confined to the Pacific and Bering Sea littoral….

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