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Life at Swift Water Place

Northwest Alaska at the Threshold of European Contact

by Douglas D. Anderson and Wanni W. Anderson

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"The importance of books like Life at Swift Water Place cannot be understated because they serve as accessible data nodes for current and future researchers and a direct link between oral history and archaeology."
Alaska Journal of Anthropology


A multidisciplinary study of the early contact period of Alaskan Native history that integrates ethnohistoric, bio-anthropological, archaeological and oral historical analyses of a major hunting and fishing Inupiaq group at a time of momentous change in their lifeways. It was a time of food shortage along the Kobuk River prompted by the decline in caribou, one of their major foods. But also the time when European and Asian trade items were first introduced into their traditional society. The first trade items to arrive, a decade ahead of the Europeans themselves, were glass beads and pieces of metal that the Inupiat expertly incorporated into their traditional implements. Inter-ethnic group relations as reconstructed from oral history place the Amilgaqtauyaagmiut as the most powerful group in the area.

Wanni W. Anderson is adjunct professor emerita of anthropology at Brown University. She is author of The Dall Sheep Dinner Guest and coauthor of Kuuvangmiit Subsistence and Life at Swift Water Place. With Douglas D. Anderson, she was awarded the 2015 Richard A. Baenan Award from the Northwest Alaska Native Association for their contributions to Arctic research.

Douglas D. Anderson is professor emeritus of anthropology and director of the Laboratory for Circumpolar Studies in the Haffenreffer Museum at Brown University. He has conducted archaeological and anthropological research in Northwest Alaska since 1960. In addition to numerous articles, he has authored Beach Ridge Archeology of Cape Krusenstern, Onion Portage, and The Iñupiat of Northwest Alaska over the Past Millennium and coauthored Kuuvangmiit Subsistence and Life at Swift Water Place.

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  • Paperback Price: $50.00
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60223-368-3
  • Ebook Price: $35.95
  • EISBN: 978-1-60223-369-0
  • Publication Month: June
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Pages: 400
  • Illustrations: 130
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Douglas D. Anderson and Wanni W. Anderson
  • ECommerce Code: 9781602233683

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