Moments Rightly Placed: An Aleutian Memoir

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Epicenter Press, 2008 - 223 ページ
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Along a thousand-mile chain of treeless and windswept islands, Unalaska is perched at the end of the world, or, as some prefer to say, the beginning. In 1964, Ray Hudson, 22, landed in Unalaska village with a brand-new college degree, eager to teach. The Aleuts had seen many outsiders who had come but seldom stayed more than a year. Yet Hudson was no short-timer. Captivated by Unalaska and the history and traditions of its enduring people, he stayed. As the years passed--one, then five, ten, then twenty--he was embraced by his Aleut neighbors, sharing their celebrations and tragedies, teaching their children, exploring their language, and, much to their surprise, learning their delicate art of grass basketry. Ray Hudson's intimate memoir weaves together landscape and language, storytelling and silence, ancient mythology and day-to-day village life. Ultimately he pays homage to the people he came to teach, and who, in the end, were his teachers.

 

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目次

An Autumn Hike
15
Village Lives Village Elders
33
The Schoolhouse
53
A Summer Hike
63
Village Lives Village Laughter
73
A Beginners Basket
85
Approaching Small Bay
99
A Winter Hike
107
A Spring Hike
155
Village Lives Village Friendships
167
Patterns
181
An Altered Landscape
193
The Finished Basket
205
Epilogue
217
References and Notes
220
About the author
223

Village Lives Village Grief
119
Turning Corners
133

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著者について (2008)

Ray Hudson lived in the Aleutian Islands from 1964 to 1992, and there his heart remains even though he now lives in Middlebury, Vermont, with his wife, Sally. As a teacher at Unalaska, Hudosn oversaw the publication of seven volumes of regional history, and edited a collection of stories and craft instructions by Aleut leaders. In Vermont, Hudson continues to research and write on topics related to the island. Raised in Yakima, Washignton, and a graduate of the University of Washington, Hudson stude\ied woodblock printing with Lu Fang at the Zhejiang Fin Arts Academy in Hangzhou, China. He is the recipient of the National Education Association's Leo Reano Awared for his work with First Americans. In 1990, the Alaska State Council on the Arts recognized Hudson's effort on bahalf of the arts in the Aleutians by presenting him with the Governor's Award for the Arts.

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