Iñupiaq & St. Lawrence Island Yupik

The Inupiaq and the St. Lawrence Island Yupik peoples continue to live in the northern interior and northwest coastal areas of Alaska. Inupiaq, meaning "real or genuine person," is often spelled Iñupiaq, particularly in the northern dialects of the Alaskan Inupiaq language. 

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Non-Fiction Books: Iñupiat History & Culture

Alaskan Eskimos by Wendell H. Oswalt

The Eskimo about Bering Strait by Edward William Nelson

The Eskimos of Bering Strait, 1650-1898 by Dorothy Jean Ray

Floating coast : an environmental history of the Bering Strait by Bathsheba Demuth

Folktales of the riverine and coastal Iñupiat by Wanni W. Anderson, Ruthie Tatqavin Sampson ; Angeline Ipiilik Newlin, Iñupiak transcriber ; Michael Qakiq Atoruk, translator

Gift of the whale : The Iñupiat bowhead hunt, a sacred tradition by Bill Hess

Give or take a century : an Eskimo chronicle by Joseph E. Senungetuk

Hunters of the polar North : the Eskimos by Wally Herbert

The Iñupiat and Arctic Alaska : an ethnography of development by Norman A. Chance

The Iñupiaq Eskimo nations of northwest Alaska by Ernest S. Burch

Iñupiaq ethnohistory : selected essays by Ernest S. Burch, Jr. ; edited by Erica Hill

Kivalina : a climate change story by Christine Shearer

The last light breaking : living among Alaska's Iñupiat Eskimos by Nick Jans

Menadelook : an Inupiat teacher's photographs of Alaska village life, 1907-1932 edited by Eileen Norbert

North Alaska chronicle : notes from the end of time : the Simon Paneak drawings by John Martin Campbell

The North Alaskan Eskimo : a study in ecology and society by Robert F. Spencer

The northern Eskimos of Alaska; a source book compiled by Laurel L. Bland

The Nunamiut Eskimos, hunters of caribou by Nicholas J. Gubser

Nuvuk, the northernmost : altered land, altered lives in Barrow, Alaska by Daniel James Inulak Lum

People of the ice and snow by the editors of Time-Life Books

Plants that we eat : nauriat nigiñaqtuat : from the traditional wisdom of the Iñupiat elders of northwest Alaska by Anore Jones

Point Hope, Alaska : life on frozen water : photographs 1959-1962 by Berit Anestad Foote

Ultimate Americans : Point Hope, Alaska, 1826-1909 by Tom Lowenstein

Whale snow : Iñupiat, climate change, and multispecies resilience in arctic Alaska by Chie Sakakibara

Magazines & Journals

Arctic Anthropology - available at Loussac Library on microfilm 1962-2007; via EbscoHost Academic Search Premier 1993-present (12 month delay)

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Language Resources

Iñupiaq language and culture video lessons

Iñupiatun Uqaluit Taniktun Sivuninit = Iñupiaq to English Dictionary compiled by Edna Ahgeak MacLean

Kan̳iqsisautit uqayusraġnikun = Kobuk Iñupiat junior dictionary developed by the staff of the National Bilingual Materials Development Center, Rural Education, University of Alaska ; compiled by Susan Sun, ... [and others] ; illustrated by J. Leslie Boffa.

North Slope Inupiaq grammar : first year by Edna Ahgeak MacLean

North Slope Iñupiaq dialogues. Supplement to North Slope Iñupiaq grammar, first year by Edna Ahgeak MacLean


Books about the Iñupiat People