Yup'ik & Cup'ik

The Yup'ik and Cup'ik peoples have lived on the area known as the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta for at least ten thousand years. The region is home for residents of 56 villages and the hub community of Bethel on the southwest coast of Alaska.

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Non-Fiction Books: Yup'ik & Cup'ik History & Culture

Always getting ready : Upterrlainarluta: Yup’ik Eskimo subsistence in southwest Alaska by James H. Barker

Ciulirnerunak Yuuyaqunak = Do not live without an elder : the subsistence way of life in southwest Alaska translated and transcribed by Alice Rearden ; edited by Ann Fienup-Riordan

The face of dance : Yup’ik Eskimo masks from Alaska by Lynn Ager Wallen

Hunting tradition in a changing world : Yup’ik lives in Alaska Today by Ann Fienup-Riordan with William Tyson ... [and others]

Inua : spirit world of the Bering Sea Eskimo by William W. Fitzhugh and Susan A. Kaplan

The living tradition of Yup’ik masks by Ann Fienup-Riordan 

Qaluyaarmiuni nunamtenek qanemciput = Our Nelson Island stories : meanings of place on the Bering Sea coast transcribed and translated by Alice Rearden ; edited by Ann Fienup-Riordan

Raven’s children by Richard Adams Carey 

The wake of the unseen object by Tom Kizzia 

A Yupiaq worldview : A pathway to ecology and spirit. by Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley    

Yupik lore : oral traditions of an Eskimo people = Yuut qanemciit : yupiit cayaraita qanrutkumallrit edited by Edward A. Tennant, Joseph N. Bitar

Yup'ik words of wisdom = Yupiit qanruyutai edited by Ann Fienup-Riordan ; transcriptions and translations from the Yup'ik by Alice Rearden with Marie Meade

Yuuyaraq : the way of the human being : with commentary by Harold Napoleon ; edited by Eric Madsen

Yuuyaraq : the Yup'ik Way of being interviews by Mark John and Lorrine Masterman ; transcriptions and translations by Davina Carl, Alice Rearden, and Corey Joseph ; edited by Ann Fienup-Riordan

Books about the Yup'ik and Cup'ik Peoples