Under Mount Saint Elias

Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2010

The second edition of Frederica de Laguna's 1972 masterwork, "Under Mount Saint Elias, the History and Culture of the Yakutat Tlingit," has been completed and is available from Frederica de Laguna Northern Books. The three-volume work, first published by the Smithsonian Institution in 1972, includes a new foreword and preface by de Laguna.

Freddy, as she was always known to her friends, was one of the last students of Franz Boas, under whom she earned a doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University in 1933. She did extensive field work with many Alaska communities, most notably Yakutat. She passed away in November of 2004, having willed her extensive photograph collection to the Alaska Historical Collections.

Please join the Historical Collections for a reception and short lecture by Marie-Franoise Guédon, professor of religious studies at the University of Ottawa, and director of Canadian Centre for Inter-Culture Research & Training, University of Ottawa.

Guédon is editor-in-chief of Northern Books and the literary executor of the De Laguna estate. She is facilitating the transfer of the Frederica de Laguna photographs to the Alaska Historical Collections, where they are being made available for research.

The reception and lecture will be held at noon on Tuesday, September 7, in the reading room of the Alaska State Library Historical Collections. The library is on the eighth floor of the State Office Building. The public is invited.

For more information contact: Jim Simard at 465-2926 or Anastasia Tarmann at 465-2924.

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