A Denaʼina Legacy: The Collected Writings of Peter Kalifornsky

Front Cover
Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1991 - Foreign Language Study - 485 pages
0 Reviews
This collection of writings was compiled over a 19-year period (1972-91) by the last writer and one of the last storytellers of the Kenai dialect of Dena'ina (Tanaina) language of Cook Inlet, Alaska. Peter Kalifornsky is a literary artist and scholar born in 1911. The 147 writings are organized in eight chapters, with a prelude containing two stories. The chapters contain: stories of Dena'ina beliefs; animal stories; lesson stories; stories about the old Dena'ina life; the way people were; place names of the Kenai people's country; Peter Kalifornsky's life story and recent events; and Kenai people's language patterns, including 7 translations, 4 items on neologisms, and 20 items containing language lessons, songs, and poems. Dena'ina text is presented on the left page, with the English translation on the right. An introductory section offers background information on the writings and the Dena'ina alphabet. Maps and photographs illustrate the text. Contains 43 references, and a biography of Peter Kalifornsky is appended. (MSE)

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Unhtsah Prelude
1
Unknown Denaina woman
8
Chapter 1 NaniHu Kechelyuyi Sukdu Stories of Our Beliefs
9
The Dreamer and the Doctor
29
Albert Wassillie and Peter Kalifornsky Seattle 1957
50
Nick Kalifornsky Kenai late 1950s
70
Chapter 2 Ninya Sukdu Animal Stories
71
Denaina family ca 189096
76
Theodore and Simeon Chickalusion Nick Kalifornsky
288
Nick Kalifornsky and Simeon Chickalusion in skin boat
308
Chapter 6 Kahtnuhtana Elnena Hizhi
309
Family at Humpy Point ca 1890
316
Sqilantnu Upper Kenai River Canyon
326
Woznessensky map of the Kenai Peninsula 1830s 336337
335
Peter Kalifornsky Fort Ross Calif 1979
354
Chapter 7 Shi Sukta Chu Qudi Nhdalnench
355

Typescript draft of Story 2 10
114
Sqilan Bena Kenai Lake
124
Chapter 3 Keghuchedniyi Sukdu Lesson Stories
153
Peter Kalifornsky with Edwina Troutt McKenzie 1979
158
Denaina numbers 120
172
Peter Kalifornsky teaching Denaina language 1990
199
Chapter 4 Luqu Suk Denaina EghAbout the Old Denaina Life
201
Peter Constantine Tyonek 1979
230
Maxim Chickalusion 1920s
236
Chapter 5 Denaina Qghelahch The Way the People Were
237
Yaghanen Dghili The Kenai Mountains
246
Evan Jackaloff and family ca 1890
259
Cannery at Kenai ca 1890
272
Peter Kalifornsky with Robert Young University
364
Denaina family Kenai ca 18951903
375
Mary Kalifornsky Nissen Kenai late 1970s
385
Peter Kalifornsky with student California 1979
402
Peter Kalifornsky 1986
412
Chapter 8 Kahtnuhtana Qenaga Dazdluch
413
Kalifornsky Village Cemetery sign 258
417
Neologisms
426
Language Lessons Songs and Poems
432
Original of Story 8 27 written on blackboard
458
A Biography
470
References
482
Copyright

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1991)

James Kari is professor emeritus of linguistics with the Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the author or editor of numerous publications on Athabascan languages and peoples.

Bibliographic information