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Across the Shaman's River: John Muir, the Tlingit Stronghold, and the Opening of the North

by Daniel Lee Henry

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Across the Shaman's River: John Muir, the Tlingit Stronghold, and the Opening of the North by Daniel Lee Henry

Across the Shaman’s River is the story of one of Alaska’s last Native American strongholds, a Tlingit community closed off for a century until a fateful encounter between a shaman, a preacher, and John Muir.
            Tucked in the corner of Southeast Alaska, the Tlingits had successfully warded off the Anglo influences that had swept into other corners of the territory. This tribe was viewed by European and American outsiders as the last wild tribe and a frustrating impediment to access. Missionaries and prospectors alike had widely failed to bring the Tlingit into their power. Yet, when John Muir arrived in 1879, accompanied by a fiery preacher, it only took a speech about “brotherhood”—and some encouragement from the revered local shaman Skandoo’o—to finally transform these “hostile heathens.”
            Using Muir’s original journal entries, as well as historic writings of explorers juxtaposed with insights from contemporary tribal descendants, Across the Shaman’s River reveals how Muir’s famous canoe journey changed the course of history and had profound consequences on the region’s Native Americans.

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ISBN-13:
9781602233294
9781602233294
Publisher:
University of Alaska Press
University of Alaska Press
Publication date:
12/15/2017
Pages:
256
256
Sales rank:
170,268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
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About the Author

About the Author

Daniel Henry is an instructor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, and the founder of the Alaska Native Oratory Society. He maintains a summer residence on a remote shore near Haines, Alaska.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prologue
 
PART ONE: JILKÁAT AANÍ
1 Sojourners
2 Power Plays
3 Moving Heaven and Earth in Klukwan
4 Eagles in the Heart
 
PART TWO: DLEIT AANKÁAWU
5 True Believers
6 Crossed Paths
7 Unbecoming Indians
8 To’watte’s Canoe
9 Brotherhood
10 Wilder Than
11 Trampling the Shaman
 
Epilogue
Selected Chronology
Glossary of Tlingit
Notes
Bibliography
Index
 

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