Congratulations ANS Camp 2 on book

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008

As soon as it was available, I bought a copy of "In Sisterhood: The History of Camp 2 of the Alaska Native Sisterhood" and have spent the day reading it and looking at the great photos.

Forty years ago, when I began teaching classes on Alaska, its people and history, there were only a few publications by Native people. In my classes were Native students who have gone on to become legislators, educators, business leaders and now historians and anthropologists. At the time, some of us looked forward to the time when Native people would write their own history, do their own research, and publish their findings. We were doing what we could until we could be replaced.

That time has come. There are now many good, academically fine articles and books by the Native people of our state.

The new book on Camp 2 of the Alaska Native Sisterhood is, as some say, AA good read. Congratulations!

There is only one thing that makes me a little unhappy. The work was printed in Singapore. With the financial support from Alaska, I think it would have been nice to have it produced here in Alaska. Publishing costs are important, but so are the businesses of Alaska.

Wally Olson

Auke Bay

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