The Way of the Human Being
From the introduction
Occasionally an author takes bits and pieces of information that many people are more or less familiar with and puts them together in a way that offers new possibilities for understanding events around us. The focal paper in this volume, Harold Napoleon's "Yuuyaraq," is such a discussion about the initial and continuing effects of the epidemics that afflicted Alaska Natives from the 1770s through the 1940s. Napoleon's premise is that this death on a massive scale wiped out the culture-bearers and left psychological scars that continue today. This volume presents Napoleon's essay along with an introduction by Eric Madsen and commentary by Native elders and others.