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Language and Toponymy in Alaska and Beyond: Papers in Honor of James Kari. Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication no. 17.
Raven (Trickster), Tlingit Indians -- Alaska -- Folklore, Tlingit Indians -- Alaska -- Social life and customs, Tlingit mythology, Ethnology -- Alaska
This is a chapter in Language and Toponymy in Alaska and Beyond: Papers in Honor of James Kari.
It is difficult to imagine place names research in Alaska without the work of James Kari. Through his tireless field work and advocacy, Dr. Kari has collaborated with speakers of all of Alaska’s Dene languages to help build a comprehensive record of Dene geographic knowledge. When Jim came to Alaska in 1972, the documentation of Dene languages was fragmentary at best, and the only records of Native place names were those found inaccurately spelled on maps and gazetteers. Now nearly a half a century later we are surrounded by Native names—from K’esugi Ridge in Susitna Valley to Troth Yeddha’ on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The increased visibility of Alaska Native place names today is due in no small part to Jim’s efforts. His work has inspired a generation of scholars, including the contributors to this volume, and continues to set the standard for toponymy research in Alaska and beyond.
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Thornton Thomas F., Douglas Deur and Bert Adams. 2018. Raven’s Work in Tlingit Ethno-geography. In Holton, Gary and Thomas F. Thornton. (Eds.) Language and Toponymy in Alaska and Beyond: Papers in Honor of James Kari. Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication no. 17. [PP 39-55] Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.