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Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska Paperback – September 17, 1988


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press; First Edition edition (September 17, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874744350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874744354
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Published to coincide with a Smithsonian exhibition of the same title, this includes 36 profusely illustrated articles by American and Soviet scholars. The articles treat various aspects of the native cultures of Alaska and northeastern Siberia, such as potlatch ceremonies, native artists of Alaska, the ethnology of the Aleuts, and the history of Russian America. While some of the articles are interesting and informative, and there is a wealth of material for the specialist, the volume does not add up to a coherent whole for the nonscholar. For academic libraries.
- J.F. Husband, Framingham State Coll., Mass.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

William W. Fitzhugh is a curator in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and Director of the Museum's Arctic Studies Center. He graduated from Dartmouth College and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Aron Crowell is Director of the Alaska office of the Arctic Studies Center of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. A specialist in Arctic archeology and anthropology, his fieldwork has centered on St. Lawrence Island and Kodiak Island in Alaska. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2001
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This is another rare catalog which captures the best artifacts from the museum exhibit. Lots of excellent photographs of the appliqued and embroidered fish skin coats of the Sibero-Alaskan peoples, fishing gear, shaman tools and every day household items. Chapters are arranged by tribe, and give excellent insight into both their physical and spiritual practices. Great maps showing the migratory routes of the various tribes. An invaluable resource for the study of these cultures.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert P. Metzger on September 24, 2009
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I didn't know what to expect from this book, but being fascinated with that part of the planet, I could not resist taking a chance on this low-priced book. It turned out to be quite the bargain. The numerous, well-written and well-researched articles that comprise the book are packed with interesting information and wonderful illustrations. One day soon, I hope to be able to read it cover-to-cover, but thus far, I have had a great time spending scarce free minutes reading reading individual chapters or parts thereof. A great addition to my library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samuel on October 5, 2010
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An important book that should belong to anyone that is interested in Ancient - Mid-Late 19th cent Eskimo/Inuit Art. This book contains 340+ pages of rare artifacts photographed in color. You would have to own about 20 different auction catalogs to see the same amount of artifacts contained within this book. This is a wonderful reference book for only $.50!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Johnson on November 5, 2012
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During the Cold War the Native population of Alaska serving in the Alaska National Guard who were ethnically similar to Native Populations of the USSR regularly visited their bretheren to gather information the Intelligence Community could not otherwise obtain.
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By Michael murrell on October 1, 2014
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Beautiful book
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