Alaska's First People

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The epic story of the indigenous people of Alaska in 1898. T.A.H.I.T.A. (Tlingit, Aleut, Haida, Inuit/Eskimo,Tsimshian and Athabascan) travels with his Grampa and his little fox from the Aleutians to the arctic, meeting Alaska’s first people, giving and receiving tokens. A coffee table art book, it is an easy way to learn all of Alaska’s cultures with color-coded maps and cultural tokens on every page. Tahita’s little fox is always causing mischief, entertaining the children while they cover all of Alaska’s cultures and geography. With masterpiece oil paintings on every page, Alaska’s First People excites the imagination and presents the subtle beauty that is the Great Land. The number key on the master map on the inside of the front cover correlates with the color-coded maps on the inside pages and the glossary definitions in the back. Developed with indigenous leaders from each culture, Alaska’s First People portrays Aleut, Sugpiag, Yupiaq, Inupiaq, Gwich'in, Koyukon, Tanacross, Ahtna and the Eyak.

Alaska's First People by Judy Ferguson, illustrated by Nikola Kocic.

“Consulting continuously with cultural consultants, Ferguson is the first in my 40 years of Alaska Native education to successfully portray the great variety of Alaska’s First People,” Bob Maguire, Director, Association of Interior Native Educators, Learning Styles Project, Doyon Foundation.

“An epic journey, giving children identity in the greater northern panorama,” Nettie Peratrovich, Haida, former Bureau of Indian Affairs superintendent, Nome District.

“A highly intriguing saga presenting our indigenous people to all,” Francis Haldane, Metlakatla elder, Tsimshian.

“Great story of the Aleut people,” Alice Snigaroff Petrovelli, Former President Aleut Corporation.

“I love it—wonderful story of the Inupiaq!” Martha Frankson, Point Hope.

“History is for the ‘newcomers;’ this is our heritage, our life.” Dr. Angayuqaq O. Kawagley, "The Yupiaq World View"-- Alaska Native Knowledge Network/Center for Cross-Cultural Studies.


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