Arctic Village

A 1930's Portrait of Wiseman, Alaska

Robert Marshall

Robert Marshall

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

428 pages | black and white photos | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 2000
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780912006512 Published July 1991
This classic is an original work of literature by one of America's foremost conservationists and is an account of the people of the north, both Native and white, who give Alaska its special human flavor. First published over fifty years ago, the book is still a favorite among old-time Alaskans and, over the years, has prompted numerous readers to pack up and move to Alaska.

The richness of statistical coverage in this book, and Marshall's careful descriptions of the characters he met, provide readers with a window to the world of 1930 and a nearly complete record of the Koyukuk civilization as he saw it. Readers learn what the people of Wiseman thought about sex, religion, politics, and the myriad of ways they found to cope with and enjoy life in a wilderness community.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
"Arctic Village, a remarkable sociological portrait of Wiseman, has long been a favorite among Alaskana fans."
Alaska Magazine
"An enduring classic . . . that will win new fans for the author and enthusiasts for the places he loved."
Contents
Illustrations
Preface
Foreword
Acknowledgment
Introduction
 
PART I    THE BACKGROUND
PART II    THE PEOPLE
PART III    THE ECONOMIC LIFE
PART IV    THE COMMUNAL LIFE
PART V    THE SEXUAL LIFE
PART VI    THE RECREATIONAL LIFE
PART VII    KOYUKUK PHILOSOPHY
 
Conclusion
Appendix
General Index
Index of Koyukuk People
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