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Ethnic identity, cultural pride, and generations of baggage: A personal experience

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Source
Arctic Anthropology. 29(2):182-191
Publication Type
Article
Date
1992
Author
Pullar, G.L.
Author Affiliation
Alaska Native Human Resource Development Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Source
Arctic Anthropology. 29(2):182-191
Date
1992
Language
English
Geographic Location
U.S.
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Alaska Natives
Alutiiq people
Cultural revitalization
Education system
Epidemics
Ethnic identity
Kodiak Island
Traditional practices
Abstract
Numerous Alaska Native groups have begun movements to preserve and revitalize their cultures. They believe that by bringing back traditional practices and values people will be increasingly proud of their heritage and thus feel better about themselves as Native people. Many feel that this raising of self-esteem, over a period of time, will create healthier individuals and communities. Research has revealed that the destructive symptoms being experienced today in Native communities are the result of several generations of catastrophic events. This paper describes the cultural revitalization movement of the Alutiiq people of Kodiak Island from the personal viewpoint of the author, who was president of the Kodiak Area Native Association during the movement?s inception. The author also describes his personal journey in developing cultural pride and his family history research that has revealed generations of alcohol abuse and other trauma.
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