9780945397854

Cold River Spirits : The Story of an Athabascan-Irish Family in Twentieth Century Alaska

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  • ISBN13:

    9780945397854

  • ISBN10:

    0945397852

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-10-01
  • Publisher: Epicenter Pr
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Summary

This is an inspirational and deeply moving story of a proud Alaska Indian family struggling to survive in two worlds. Sam and Louise Harper and their ten children make a soul-grinding transition into a modern white-dominated society where they face bigotry, poverty, and illness. Yet, Louise remains in touch with centuries-old traditions of healing, honoring nature's spirits, and a belief that the spirits of all Athabascans one day will return to the headquarters of the Yukon River.

Table of Contents

Family Tree 6(2)
Map
8(3)
Acknowledgments 11(4)
Prologue 15(4)
Indian Ways 19(60)
Flood on the Chena
21(4)
Lucy and the Gun
25(4)
Sam and Louise
29(6)
Hilda
35(4)
Sam's Women
39(2)
The Nicolina
41(6)
Whistling for the Wind
47(6)
Sam and Helen
53(2)
The Knife
55(4)
The Deeyninh
59(6)
The Owl and the Ship
65(8)
The Big Flu
73(6)
Entering a White World 79(64)
The Chemawa Years
81(8)
Connie
89(4)
Ladies of the Line
93(2)
Ice Fog
95(6)
Louise's Jobs
101(4)
Muscatel
105(4)
The Decision
109(6)
The Proposal
115(4)
Graduation
119(8)
Eklutna Vocational School
127(4)
Mary
131(6)
The Roadhouse
137(6)
War, Survival, and Remembering 143(40)
Lucy's Story
145(6)
War
151(4)
Francis Samuel Harper
155(4)
Elsie
159(10)
The House in Spenard
169(6)
Visitors
175(8)
Epilogue 183(6)
Author's Afterword 189(2)
Glossary 191

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