“Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live): Masterworks of Yup’ik Science and Survival” is a fascinating and informative (and large!) website companion to a 2008 exhibition by the same name at the Anchorage Museum. Books and catalogues are also available and look to be excellent.
I know that Yup’ik territory, on the southern flanks of the Bering Straits, is a long way from the Northwest Coast. But there are many similarities in the ingenious tricks and tools of the trade needed for a maritime lifestyle, and this exhibition deftly combines historical, archaeological and ethnographic accounts into a compelling vision of people at ease on land and sea.
The front page of the website shows a radial design reflecting the annual round. If you click on a season, you are taken to a series of pages about seasonal activities and artifacts. The trick here is to look for links above the large central picture — these are done in pale grey for some reason and are not obvious. To get back to the home page, select “menu” from the left hand side-bar.
Anyway, I’ll let you explore this charming and informative site on your own – it resonates with clever competence in bush craft, and may also provide some useful analogues for the Northwest Coast in recent times, as well as in the early days, before there were trees.