The Eyak Indians of the Copper River Delta, Alaska
Levin & Munksgaard, E. Munksgaard • København • Published In 1938 • Pages:
By: Birket-Smith, Kaj, De Laguna, Frederica.
AbstractThis book draws on rich archeological data and oral information to reconstruct the history and culture of the Eyak. Topics examined include the territorial scope of their historical homeland, the specific locations of some of the major villages mentioned in the stories of informants, and a comparative analysis of house types, burial sites, hunting tools, and related material culture. Also discussed are the Eyak peoples’ historical relationship to neighboring groups, with particular focus on the regionally-dominant Tlingit and other “Eskimo” communities. The authors analyze features of Eyak mythology and social organization that reflect ethnic and linguistic ties to the Tlingit and other non-Athapaskan groups; for example, how the division of Eyak society into two moieties indicates Tlingit influence. A considerable portion of the text is devoted to a wide-ranging comparison traits, mainly showing ties to Northwest Coast cultures.
- North America
- Sub Region
- Arctic and Subarctic
- Document Type
- Anthropologist, Archaeologist/Ethnologist - 4, 5
- Teferi Abate Adem
- Coverage Date
- Coverage Place
- Cordova and Copper River delta area, Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States
- by Kaj Birket-Smith and Frederica De Laguna
- At head of title: Det Kgl. danske videnskabernes selskab. "Published with the support of the grants from the Rask-Ørsted Foundation and the Penrose Fund of the American Philosophical Society."
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 573-591)
- a 40000353
- Eyak Indians
- Indians of North America--Alaska
- Copper River Region (Alaska)