Anne Ray Intern Presentations
SAR Anne Ray Interns Kelsey Potdevin and Jennifer McCarty
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free
Gatekeepers and Traders in Alaska’s Northwest Interior 1800–1870
Kelsey Potdevin, Anne Ray Intern, SAR
During the proto-contact period of the 1870s, Alaska Native gatekeepers located on the periphery of Athabascan territories concealed and controlled well-established trade and communication networks from Russian and British fur traders. By sustaining outsider ignorance of this interior Alaskan infrastructure, Alaska Natives preserved their status as intermediaries in commerce, a role that has helped Alaska Native nations retain control of Alaska’s resources to this day.
Inupiat Ilitqusiat: Those Things that Make Us Who We Are
Jennifer McCarty, Anne Ray Intern, SAR
For thousands of years before contact with non-Native explorers, traders, and missionaries, essential bodies of knowledge found within Inupiaq stories were passed orally from generation to generation. These stories provided instruction on how to exist in partnership with the land and the animals of the Arctic world and relayed lessons of survival that included triumph, failure, and humorous details of everyday life. This presentation explores how these stories and their inherent values can help contemporary Inupiaq people navigate today’s world by providing examples of what it means to be a good Inupiat and a good human being.
Sponsored by Anne Ray Charitable Trust