The first Aleut ethnography in over three decades, Aleut Identities provides a contemporary view of indigenous Alaskans and is the first major work to emphasize the importance of commercial labour and economies to maintain traditional means of survival. Examining the ways in which social relations and the status formation are affected by environmental concerns, government policies, and market forces, the author highlights how communities have responded to worldwide pressures. An informative work that challenges conventional notions of "traditional," Aleut Identities demonstrates possible methods by which Indigenous communities can maintain and adapt their identity in the face of unrelenting change.
Katherine L. Reedy-Maschner is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Idaho State University.
Figures and Tables; Preface; Acknowledgments Introduction; 1 Nautical Nation: Indigenous Commercial Fishing in an Eastern Aleut Community; 2 Identity, Status, and the Structure of Traditional Aleutian Society; 3 Anthropology in the Pelagic Zone; 4 Limited Entry Systems in an Eastern Aleut Community; 5 Fish Wars, Identity, and Dehumanization; 6 Disenfranchised Aleuts; 7 Identity in Context Appendix: Subsistence Tables; Abbreviations; Notes; References; Index