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The most detailed and well-illustrated study of
material culture for any northern Athabascan
language group to date, Gwich’in Athabascan
Implements reproduces pre- and early postcontact
tools that are historically important to
the Athabascan people. A long-term collaboration
between anthropologist Thomas A. O’Brien and
Athabascan elder David Salmon, this volume provides
more than forty one-to-one sketches of a wide
variety of implements, many of which are no longer
commonly in use.
Thomas A. O'Brien received an MA in anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Very few ethnographers or anthropologists are willing or able to take the time to do the kind of careful work that David and Tom did together over the years and there are very few elders anywhere in the Athabascan area who have David's range of knowledge... This is a story that needed to be told.
—S. Craig Gerlach, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Immensely interesting and insightful, Gwich’in Athabascan Implements is a core addition to any world history and anthropology collection.
—Midwest Book Review
The book contains the wealth of [Reverend David] Salmon's detailed information, insights, and stories in Salmon's own voice without filtering them through disciplinary jargon or theory, allowing him to continue to teach future generations about how men survived in the Arctic.This exemplary book's maps, photographs, and drawings are superb and illustrate the craftsmanship and ingenuity of the toolmakers. Important for anyone working in material culture studies, indigenous studies, or anthropology. . . . Highly recommended.