The Juneau Public Libraries’ Gather Inspiration series continues this week with a special event held in celebration of Alaska Native Heritage Month. Featured guests will be Nora and Richard Dauenhauer and Carol Feller Brady.
The event begins at 3 p.m. Saturday Nov. 26, at the downtown library
Nora Marks and Richard Dauenhauer’s collaborative works include the highly regarded “Classics of Tlingit Oral Literature” series, published by Sealaska Heritage Institute, which has four volumes: “Haa Shuká, Our Ancestors: Tlingit Oral Narratives,” “Haa Tuwunáagu Yís, For Healing Our Spirit,” “Haa Kusteeyí, Our Culture: Tlingit Life Stories” and “Anooshi Lingit Aani Ka, Russians in Tlingit America: The Battles of Sitka, 1802 and 1804” (with Lydia Black). The works combine transciptions of interviews and recordings of Tlingit elders with historical research, some of which was been translated from other languages, such as Russian. Volume four was was honored with the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.
Nora Dauenhauer’s solo works include “Life Woven with Song,” as well as poetry and plays. Most recently she was a contributor to “First Fish, First People, Salmon Tales of the North Pacific Rim.”’ Raised in and around Juneau in a traditional subsistence lifestyle, Dauenhauer’s spoke only Tlingit as a girl. She received a degree in anthropology from Alaska Methodist University, in the mid-1970s, where she met her husband, Richard Dauenhauer, who was a teacher there.
Richard Dauenhauer was Poet Laureate of Alaska from 1981 to 1988. He has a degree in comparative literature, and has written several volumes of his own poetry, including “Frames of Reference,” and “Phenologies,” as well as many translations of poems from languages including German, Russian, Finnish, and Greek. Works in progress include completed drafts of Erotic Epigrams, love poems translated from the Greek Anthology, and the first English translation of the Buriat-Mongol oral epic Young Alamzhi Mergen.
Joining the Dauenhauers on Saturday will be Carol Feller Brady. Born in Sitka, Feller Brady is the daughter of Elizabeth Kadashan James and Ray James; granddaughter of Chief John Kadashan. Her best known work is the biographical book, “Through the Storm Towards the Sun: A personal account of life in transition in Southeast Alaska.”
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