Yupik Transitions: Change and Survial at Bering Strait, 1900-1960.
The University of Alaska Press just released a new book, “Yupik Transition: Change and Survival at Bering Strait, 1900–1960,” by Igor Krupnik and his long-term Russian research and co-author Michael Chlenov. It offers the first ever detailed treatment of the traditional social structure of the Russian Yupik Eskimo people in Chukotka and nearby St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, based on field ethnographic surveys and interviews with the Yupik Elders from 1970s–2000s. The 400-page book is illustrated with more than 100 historical photographs from museum collections in Russia and the U.S., including the Smithsonian. It is also an account of how the small Yupik nation struggled to maintain its culture and identity under the impacts of colonial contacts and outright governmental attempts at forced economic modernization and acculturation that deeply transformed the Yupik society in both Siberia and Alaska by the end of the 20th century.
Igor Krupnik is a cultural anthropologist and curator of the Arctic and Northern Ethnology collections at the Department of Anthropology in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Michael Chlenov is professor at the Maimonides State Jewish Academy of Sciences in Moscow.
For more information or to order this publication visit the University of Alaska Press.