The range of the Dena’ina people stretches from the
Cook Inlet region to central Alaska and has been
established for a thousand years. Yet their culture
has largely been overlooked, leaving large gaps in
the literature. Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi, a new catalog
of Dena’ina materials, is an ambitious project that
finally brings their culture to light.
Lavishly illustrated with six hundred photographs,
maps, and drawings, Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi
contains entries on Dena’ina objects in European and
American collections. It is enriched with examples of
traditional Dena’ina narratives, first-person accounts,
and interviews. Essays on the history and culture of
the Athabascan people put the pieces into a larger
historical context. This catalog is a comprehensive
reference that will also accompany a large-scale
exhibit running September 2013 through January
2014 at the Anchorage Museum.
Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi is a beautifully and profusely illustrated, 350 page compendium showcasing the history, art, culture, lifestyle, and artifacts of the Dena’ina people. An impressive body of seminal scholarship.