'A' is for Anaktuvuk:
Teacher to the Nunamiut Eskimos
'A' is for Anaktuvuk: Teacher to the Nunamiut Eskimos picks up where 'A' is for Alaska: Teacher to the Territory leaves off. Watch this short video clip about the book:
Needed: School teacher for Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska, located
above the Arctic Circle, for nomadic tribe of approx. 65
Nunamuit Eskimos. People desire education but prior attempts
of setting up school have not been successful. Until recently,
people have continually migrated and are currently dependent on
caribou for shelter, clothing, food, tools; minimal cash income.
This advertisement did not actually appear in print, but was adapted from a 1961 speech presented by Mr. Gruening, territorial senator, at an Alaska senate meeting where he described the dilemma Alaskan educators faced and the determination of the Native people to obtain an education.
Mr. Gruening did say, "...the revelation of so many problems did not dampen the enthusiasm of the folks of the village (Anaktuvuk). For they persuaded Anna Bortel, who had been head teacher at Tanana School, to teach them in their church. In Miss Bortel they had found the ideal teacher, one able to comprehend their problem, one kind and sympathetic, and above all one able to adjust to all conditions that might face her." — 1961 Congressional Record-Senate, #13201 by Mr. Gruening, "A Unique American Educational Venture in Alaska's Far North"
This book takes place in Tanana, AK (1957-1960) and Anaktuvuk Pass, AK (1960-1962).
- Growing into a School Teacher
- The Trail North
- Farther North
- A Willow Fire, Creek Water, and Two-Holer
- First School in Anaktuvuk Pass
- The Lord's Day
- A Sod House becomes a Home
- New Ways and Old Traditions
- Is there a Doctor in the House?
- Timber Time
- Grand Central Station
- A Schoolhouse Flies
- Life on Sod Boulevard
- A Page in the History Books
- Napikuk's Eskimo Crafts
- Teacher of the Year Nomination
- Hallopiakipen! Nakewisi?
Kevin G Smith's new mural at the school in Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska uses photos from 'A' is for Anaktuvuk: Teacher to the Nunamiut Eskimos. The mural is titled "Nunamiut Hall of ELders" and was funded by the State of Alaska's % for Art Program.