Andrews, Susan and John Creed. Purely Alaska: Authentic Voices from the Far North. Kenmore, WA: Epicenter Press, 2011.
Purely Alaska: Authentic Voices from the Far North is an anthology offering both historical and contemporary material on a unique way of life from some of the most far-flung reaches of America’s most remote state. The volume was released in June 2010.
Purely Alaska showcases “ordinary” people with extraordinary insights amid some of the most magnificent, rugged, wild and exotic places in America’s largest yet by far most sparsely populated state. Purely Alaska was not written by outsiders, including not even “outsiders” from urban Alaska. Indeed, these writers share experiences only those who live in rural Alaska can capture as authentically, as unassumingly. Join these writers as they detail Inupiaq elder Nellie Woods’ years-long ordeal in the 1930s driving a herd of stubborn reindeer across extreme northern Alaska to starving Eskimos in northern Canada Experience up close a young Native man’s more contemporary struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. Enjoy the amusing vagaries of Southeast Alaska mushing so soggy the dogs need foot powder. Read the amusing account of mother’s attempt to steer her son to college when he’d really rather just be a fisherman like his dad. Learn about the many uses of the common Eskimo expression, “Adii.”