Yuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being (2020)

Yuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being Harold Napoleon Eric Madsen Yuuyaraq The Way of the Human Being Societies acquire scars from war economic crises environmental disasters or as Harold Napoleon tells us from epidemics Afflicted by epidemics and their consequences from the s until the s
  • Title: Yuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being
  • Author: Harold Napoleon Eric Madsen
  • ISBN: 9781877962219
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
Yuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being Harold Napoleon Eric Madsen Societies acquire scars from war, economic crises, environmental disasters or, as Harold Napoleon tells us, from epidemics Afflicted by epidemics and their consequences from the 1770s until the 1940s, Alaska Natives are still feeling traumatic effects in the form of alcoholism, suicide and violence The wholeness of a society that maintained health and vigor for thousandsSocieties acquire scars from war, economic crises, environmental disasters or, as Harold Napoleon tells us, from epidemics Afflicted by epidemics and their consequences from the 1770s until the 1940s, Alaska Natives are still feeling traumatic effects in the form of alcoholism, suicide and violence The wholeness of a society that maintained health and vigor for thousands of years was broken by the Great Death and has not been repaired by anti poverty programs, welfare, government sponsored health and education programs, or prohibition laws Through bitter experience, Napoleon, a Yupik Eskimo, has acquired clarity in understanding the roots and tenacity of these problems, articulating them clearly and powerfully But than this, he offers a message of hope pointing the way toward cultural revitalization that can begin now The steps in the journey to reclaiming health and well being depends on communicating the sorrow and loss and embracing a new way of thinking about the problem While there is much work to be done, this work shows a way that individuals and villages can transform the Great Death into new life.Napoleon s narrative is followed by commentaries from elders and academics concerned with understanding and overcoming the challenges that Alaska Natives face today.
Yuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being Harold Napoleon Eric Madsen

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  1. Löki Gale

    I want to give this book four stars, but I hesitate I found Yuuyaraq to provide a unique and critical insight into many social problems experienced by Alaska and could, in many ways, be generalizable to a larger audience I think it was the assessments and critiques at the end of the book that made me hesitate to the give the book 4 stars ad I found them to not really add anything to the discussion, but instead simply agree I was hoping for discussion.

  2. Brent Ranalli

    1 A moving personal story, 2 a compelling argument about the cultural dislocation the great dying from European diseases had on Alaskan natives like other indigenous peoples several generations ago, and 3 a call for natives to talk openly about this painful subject, as a way to begin healing the despair, substance abuse, violence, and dependence that characterizes native communities today A short, well written, and thought provoking read, highly recommended.

  3. Astrila

    This is really an interested paper I never thought about how all those epidemics in the past really affected the Native cultures I m not sure if I agree with all of the rights he had listed, that will require a lot of thought But overall, it s really an eyeopener.

  4. Jessbop

    This is one man s idea of how the Great Death and its aftermath largely contributed to current state of Alaska Native peoples Harold discusses many aspects of Alaska Native peoples life and history It is a good first person perspective not heard in mainstream history textbooks.

  5. Christina

    Great essay on the role of contact on Native people from a Native man imprisoned as a result of decades of trauma and alcoholism and his own rock bottom Insightful and well researched Heartbreaking.

  6. Meredith Beck

    Powerful Moving Beautiful picture of grace and hope for a people who are hurting and suffering.

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