Taken together, Yup'ik Elders at the Ethnologisches Museum and Things of Our Ancestors are extremely well done, both as products and as examples of a successful collaborative research effort. For those with an interest in northern indigenous communities and cultures the two books are moving accounts of a research partnership that joined indigenous knowledge bearers with academic and museum professionals, the result of which was to place indigenous knowledge at the center rather than at the periphery of the research enterprise and the resulting volumes.
(Museum Anthropology Review
A handsomely illustrated, very readable volume.
A remarkable story and one of 'firsts'.... [a] handsomely illustrated, very readable 337-page volume.
Every so often a book is published that is meticulously researched, well written, beautifully photographed and illuminating throughout the totality of its contribution. This is just such a book.
(Seattle Art Museum Native Arts of the Americas and Oceania Council
This is a remarkable story and one of 'firsts:' the first delegation of native people (eight in all) to a European museum to systematically examine an entire collection of objects from their culture; the first critical biography of the collector, Adrian Jacobsen; and, the first systematic study of his Yup'ik collection. It is all put together in this handsomely illustrated, very readable volume.
A major collection of 19th-century artifacts from the Arctic presented from the Natives' point of view