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Visit the library for more information:

Alaska's libraries include audio, visual, and written material about Alaska's Native people groups. Visit your local library or go online to see what's available in holdings all over the state. Take these simple steps:

  1. Access SLED (State Library Electronic Doorway) at
  2. Click on the listing for ALNCat (the Alaska Library Network Catalog) to view the Basic Search window.
  3. Go to the Keyword field and type in ALASKA NATIVE, or to clarify, type the name of one Native group, such as Aleut, Athabascan, Eyak, Haida, Inupiat, Siberian Yupik, Tlingit, Tsimshian, or Yup'ik.

Recommended Reading:

Andrews, Susan B. and John Creed. Authentic Alaska: Voices of its Native Writers. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998.

Corral, Roy and Diana Campbell, et. al. Alaska Native Ways: What the Elders Have Taught Us. Portland, Ore.: Alaska Northwest Books, 2002.
     Athabascan: Show respect to others - Each person has a special gift / Diana Campbell
     Yup'ik: See connections - All things are related / Walkie Charles
     Iñupiat: Honor your elders - They show you the way in life / Ruthie Lee Tatqavin Ramoth-Sampson
     Aleut: Accept what life brings - You cannot control many things / Philip Kelly
     Tlingit: Have patience - Some things cannot be rushed / Nora Marks Dauenhauer
     Alutiiq: Pray for guidance - Many things are not known / Sven Haakanson Jr.
     Tsimshian: Live carefully - What you do will come back to you / David Boxley
     Siberian Yupik: Take care of others - You cannot live without them / George Noongwook
     Haida: Share what you have - Giving makes you richer / Jeane Breinig
     Eyak: Know who you are - You are a reflection on your family / Dune Lankard

Crowell, Aron, Amy F. Seffian, and Gordon L. Pullar. Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2001.

Kaplan, Lawrence D. and Margaret Yocom. Ugiuvangmiut Quliapyuit / King Island Tales: Eskimo History and Legends from Bering Strait. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center and University of Alaska Press, 1988.

Kizzia, Tom. The Wake of the Unseen Object: Among the Native Cultures of Bush Alaska. New York: H. Holt and Co., 1991.

Phebus, George E. Alaskan Eskimo Life in the 1890s as Sketched by Native Artists. Washington: Smithsonian Press, 1972.

Wallis, Velma. Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival. New York: HarperPerennial, 1994.

Wohlforth, Charles P. The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change. New York: North Point Press, 2004.

For Juvenile Readers:

Brown, Tricia, and Roy Corral. Children of the Midnight Sun: Young Native Voices of Alaska. Anchorage: Alaska Northwest Books, 1998.

Duncan, Pauline. Children of the Alaska Tidelands: An Introduction to Tlingit Culture through Nursery Rhymes, Songs, Legends, and Native Role Models. Sitka, Alaska: P. Duncan, 1998.

Kawagley, Dolores. Yupik Stories. Anchorage: Alaska Methodist University Press, 1975.

McMillan, Bruce. Salmon Summer. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998

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