If we think of what lies beneath the surface of our landscape as a kind of resource (i.e. gold or oil), then Alaska’s “interior” identity is one that can be used wisely or exploited. As you’re reading this week, think more about the concept of resources. Many of the economic resources we rely on in modern-day Alaska are tied to the environment, and frequently, in the case of gold and oil, these resources lie beneath the ground. Does the above/below dichotomy exist in any of the essays you’re reading?
In The Last New Land read pp. 385-451
Read the transcripts of an interview with Jacob Ahwinona while you listen to his oral history about gold mining in Alaska from an Eskimo perspective. The transcript and interview are from Project Jukebox. According to the Rasmuson Library site, “Project Jukebox is the digital branch of the Oral History Program and provides access to audio and video recordings, transcripts, maps, historic photographs and films from across Alaska.”
Blog Entry 4
For this week’s entry, use the theme of “masks” or “resources” as a starting point and reflect on how the theme you’ve chosen appears in at least 3 of the works you’ve read (these should be 3 new pieces, not ones you’ve covered before).
*Note: This week you should be preparing for your midterm. You can take the midterm beginning October 10th. The last day you can take the midterm is October 23rd. Make sure you’ve contributed to the Discussions as a way of preparing.
Go to our Google+ Community and do the following:
1. Try to answer one or more of these questions by either responding to my G+ Community post (it’s been tagged with the category “6: Your Alaska”) or creating your own shared post with a link to examples, photos, videos, or any other media you find on the web.
2. Respond to one or more of your classmates who have posted in Discussion Category 6: Your Alaska (categories are located on the left hand side of the Google+ Community) in a thoughtful way.