OUT OF PRINT The Tlingit by Raymond Bial is part of the Lifeways series published by Benchmark Books. This title discusses the culture and history of the Tlingit Nation. This Pacific Northwest cultural group lived along the coast of southeastern Alaska. The author begins the book with a brief version of the Tlingit creation story about Raven bringing light to the world. The text goes on to explain the standard anthropological theory about the origins of North American Indians. First contact for the Tlingit occurred in 1741 when Russians came to their territory.
The masterworks of Northwest Coast Indians are admired today as among the great achievements of the world's artisans. The painted and carved wooden screens, chests and boxes for storage and cooking, dishes, rattles, crest hats, and other ceremonial objects reveal a rare artistic virtuosity and document the unique involvement of these craftsmen with their environment.
Looking at Totem Poles is a companion title to Stewart's Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast. The author provides basic information about the Northwest Coast Cultural Region, an historical overview of totem poles, and a brief description of carving and raising poles. The second part of the book describes the figures and crests carved on totem poles as well as ceremonial and everyday objects. The final section describes in one-page essays the various totem poles found on the land in southern British Columbia, Vancouver Island, northern BC, and Alaska.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher Children of the Tlingit introduces elementary students to the history and culture of the Tlingit who live in southeastern Alaska. Vivid colour photographs and engaging text introduces individual Tlingit children as they play, pick blueberries, attend potlatch dances, and help their parents. The text clearly explains each activity and how it fits into the rich contemporary culture and lifestyle of modern Tlingit communities.
OUT OF PRINT A Story To Tell: Traditions of a Tlingit Community is the photo essay of eleven-year old Marissa Kraus, a Tlingit girl who visits her grandmother's village of Kake, Alaska. The visit encourages Marissa to ask her grandmother about her ancestry and how the village looked during her grandmother's youth. Grandmother and granddaughter walk around the village and the grandmother shares her community's history. Visits to relatives introduce Marissa to salmon fishing, drying and preserving salmon, totem poles, the importance of the potlatch, as well as family clans.
The Native Stories from Keepers of the Animals contains 24 traditional stories from Indigenous North American Nations retold by Joseph Bruchac. This rich collection of stories is organized around the importance of our relatives, the animals. From creation, celebration, vision, and survival, the reader is introduced to these important stories about animals that contain several teachings.