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Home  >  Digital Archives  >  People of the North  >  Native Lives and Traditions
The ancient ways of Alaska’s Natives have been handed down for generations, including potlatching, carving, dancing, and practicing subsistence hunting and fishing. Within each culture, exceptional men and women were respected for their humility while exhibiting skills in leadership, art, and provision for their people.
Sinrock Mary: Mary Antisarlook (2 pages)
Mary Antisarlook was given the name Changunak in 1870.


"Happy Jack" Angokwazhuk
"Happy Jack" Angokwazhuk overcame unfortunate circumstances to become the most famous and innovative ivory carver of his time.


Benny Benson: Alaska's Flag and its Designer
Alaska was nearing its 60th year under the U.S. flag when Alaska Gov. George A. Parks decided it was time the territory had its own official flag.


Howard Rock and the Tundra Times
Under the direction of founding editor Howard Rock, the village newspaper Tundra Times became an important voice for Alaska Natives throughout the state.


Shamans (2 pages)
A discussion of shamans, or medicine men, and their practices, can conjure a mixed reaction in every Alaska Native culture.


Supernatural Travel
After an agreement was made with the worker of the supernatural, word of the coming event spread throughout the village quickly.


Totem Pole Restoration Project (2 pages)
Early in the 1900s, private citizens as well as politicians who saw the deterioration of aged totem poles began calling for assistance.


The Stolen Totem Pole
Vacationing businessmen from Alaska on the "P-I Excursion" asked their captain where they might procure a totem pole for the city of Seattle.


Rise of the Alaska Native Brotherhood (2 pages)
The Alaska Native Brotherhood was born in 1912, when a dozen Native men first gathered in Juneau.


The Alaska Anti-Discrimination Act - 1945
Alaska moved from a culture of Native/non-Native segregation to equal rights for all under the law, thanks in part to Territorial Governor Ernest Gruening and the efforts of Native activists Elizabeth Peratrovich and Alberta Schenck.



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