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Yup'ik Elders at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin: Fieldwork Turned on Its Head Hardcover – June 24, 2005


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press; First edition (June 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295984643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295984643
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,762,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

(H-Net (Am-Indian))

A remarkable story and one of 'firsts'.... [a] handsomely illustrated, very readable 337-page volume.

(H-AmIndian)

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.

(H-Net Reviews)

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A major collection of 19th-century artifacts from the Arctic presented from the Natives' point of view


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott Mcadams on October 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I must qualify that I am writing this review as an individual, and not as a representative of the State. However, I am blessed to have one of the best jobs in Alaska working in the Visitor Services section of the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka. Having said that, this work is one of the most helpful, readable resources available for those with an interest in Yup'ik ethnology and material culture. Ms. Fienup-Riordan's respect for the Yup'ik people is evident in all of her work, and this book is no exception.

This book chronicles a 14 day research visit to the Ethnologisches Berlin Museum by Ms. Fienup-Riordan and a delegation of Yup'ik Elders. Written in a very readable narrative style, Ms. Fienup-Riordan successfully captures volumes of interpretive knowledge shared by elders in reaction to individual artifacts. The book is presented as a day-by-day, artifact-by-artifact journal of the research team's exploration of a very comprehensive collection of Yup'ik artifacts gathered in the early 1880's by Norwegian Johan Adrian. Readers will also be impressed with the books outstanding collection of artifact photos.

I am asking my wife for this book as a Christmas present. It would make a suitable addition to both an anthropologist's research library and any Alaskan's coffee-table book stack. Great job to all involved!
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By CCK on February 14, 2013
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Fienup-Riordan yet again demonstrates her deep knowledge and respect of, and collegiality with, the Yup'ik people of southwestern Alaska. This volume provides an insightful exploration of what these museum pieces "really" are and preserves the traditions of this rich and beautiful culture.
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