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Athabascan Peoples of Alaska & Adjacent Canada - ANTH 383

ANTH 383

Looking for a 300 level ANTH course?

It's not too late to enroll in ANTH 383 (CRN 77972) Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm, taught by Leslie McCartney

The Dene (or Athabascan) peoples occupy a vast swath of the western subarctic from near to the Bering Sea coast stretching east almost to the shores of Hudson Bay. Related Na-Dene languages are spoken as far south as the Mexican border, making Na-Dene the largest language family in North America, both in terms of geographic area and numbers of speakers. Recent archaeological evidence suggests that Dene peoples may have occupied the Tanana Valley as early as 12,000 years ago, and recent linguistic evidence suggests that Dene languages may ultimately be related to the little-known Yeniseian languages of Central Siberia. Dene peoples thus play a crucial role in the history of Alaska.

This course examines both the contemporary conditions and traditional heritage of the Dene populations of Alaska and Canada. Topics will include oral tradition, linguistic structure, landscape, and migration.

Prerequisites: ANTH/ANS 242, or permission of instructor (i.e., equivalent experience with Alaska Native cultures)

For more information, contact Leslie McCartney 907-474-7734,

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