Finding Place in Alaska
- PUBLISHED: September 2017
- SUBJECT LISTING: History / American History, Art History, Pacific Northwest / Art and Culture
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 304 Pages, 8.5 x 10 in, 177 color illus.
- ISBN: 9780295741840
Alaska is part of an international circumpolar North, which makes the United States an Arctic nation. Alaska is a place of Indigenous ingenuity and adaptation, a place where environmental extremes challenge the ways of living. In its more recent history, Alaska has been a place of resources and influx—a land known best for what it provides. This frontier persona, with its sourdoughs and prospectors, has not been easily shed, but Alaska today is pivotal because it represents America’s North and a complex and changing Arctic.
North: Finding Place in Alaska explores the state’s various facets through exhibitions and artifacts at the Anchorage Museum and the words of a diverse selection of writers, curators, historians, anthropologists, and artists. From romantic landscapes by Rockwell Kent and Thomas Hill, to the art and spirituality of Alaska’s Native peoples represented by a bentwood feast dish and a uniquely carved hook for catching halibut, this collection examines connections throughout the circumpolar North. No longer as remote as once thought, Alaska serves as a narrative for our future.
Authors & Contributors
Julie Decker is director of the Anchorage Museum. The other contributors to the volume are Kirsten J. Anderson, Alan Boraas, Michael Brubaker, David Holthouse, Priscilla Naunġaġiaq Hensley Holthouse (Iñupiaq), Nadia Jackinsky-Sethi (Alutiiq), Mara Kimmel, Aaron Leggett, John Pearce, Sandra Talbot, and Walter Van Horn.
Introduction / Julie Decker
1. The Romantic Landscape / Julie Decker
2. Materials of Place / Alan Boraas
3. Culture and Continuity / Nadia Jackinsky-Sethi
4. The Technology of Adaptation / Walter Van Horn
5. The Northerner / Priscilla Naungagio Hensley Holthouse
6. Place of Periphery / Kirsten J. Anderson
7. Just North of Wild / Julie Decker
8. Cold as Hell / David Holthouse
9. Environment and Science / John Pearce and Sandra Talbot
10. Polar Pop / Aaron Leggett
11. Through the Lens / Julie Decker
12. The Art of Environment / Julie Decker
13. The New Frontier in the Last Frontier / Mara Kimmel and Michael Brubaker
North isn't a comprehensive book about the entirety of Alaska, but it might be the most inclusive one yet.- David James, Daily News-Miner
North's astute tracking of the variegated pressures and contexts behind changing Alaskan senses of place make it essential reading for those who would apprehend the contemporary North.- Jeremy Pataky, author of Overwinter
This captivating book dispels the stereotypes of America’s only Arctic state by ruminating on the real Alaska: its extreme immensity, reverence for the land, the creativity it inspires. And you’ll be stunned by some of the most gorgeous and intriguing images of the North ever assembled.- David Ramseur, author of Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier