Alaska Sea Grant book wins Alaskana Award

FAIRBANKS — “Imam Cimiucia: Our Changing Sea,” published last year by the Alaska Sea Grant Program, has won the 2012 Alaskana Award from the Alaska Library Association. The award was presented Feb. 24 at the library association’s annual conference in Fairbanks.

The book examines how Alaska’s coastal environment and Native subsistence culture and food harvesting activities have changed over the years around the Kenai Peninsula communities of Nanwalek and Port Graham. It features residents’ opinions and recollections about cultural and environmental change, in both English and the Sugt’stun language.

“Imam Cimiucia” was chosen for “making a significant contribution to the understanding of Alaska, and exhibiting originality, depth of research and knowledge of Alaska,” according to the AkLA. The work is the result of research conducted by Anne Salomon, an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Coauthors are Henry Huntington and Nick Tanape Sr. Editors are Sue Keller and Kurt Byers, and the graphic designer is Jen Gunderson with Garry Utermohle.

The Alaskana award was established in 1994 to honor outstanding adult fiction and nonfiction works about Alaska published in any format. Books considered for the award make a significant contribution to the understanding of Alaska; exhibit originality, depth of research and knowledge of Alaska; and are published in the calendar year preceding the AkLA conference at which the award will be presented.

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