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Naut'staarpet–Our Plants: A Kodiak Alutiiq Plantlore

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Priscilla Russell’s Kodiak Alutiiq plantlore captures the many connections between Alutiiq people and plants. Her careful study reveals how the Alutiiq harvest, process, and use everything from wild berries and vegetables to wood and medicinal plants. Information shared by Alutiiq people forms the heart of her book. Russell visited every Kodiak Alutiiq community between May and December of 1990, working beside plant harvesters and taking extensive notes and photographs. Her research provides a comprehensive view of Alutiiq plant use in the twentieth century and in-depth documentation of traditional ecological knowledge.

This volume includes a glossary of Alutiiq language terms, latinized plant names, and an essay on plant harvesting by Kodiak culture bearer Gayla Pedersen. It was produced by the Alutiiq Museum in 2017 with support from the Kodiak Area Native Association, Koniag, Inc., the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Alaska State Museum.

Edited by Amy Steffian, Carolyn Parker, and Gayla Pedersen, 181 pages, 181 color photos, 3 illustrations, and 5 tables.

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