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This case study examines some of the cultural and educational implications of the intersection of a Western world view and a Yupiaq world view in a remote Yupiaq Eskimo village on the Kuskokwim River in southwestern Alaska.
The study examines how the contemporary Yupiaq people have adapted their belief system, educational practices and subsistence lifestyle to accommodate a mix of Western and indigenous cultural traditions and technologies.
The Yupiaq villagers made me welcome, and it was my own sense of respect for the people that perhaps kept the association from becoming as close as it could have been.
Yupiaq Science, Technology, and Survival^89 Science and Mathematics from a Yupiaq Perspective^90 Science and Technology for Survival on the Kuskokwim^93 94 Weather^ 96 The Science of Obtaining Fish^ Fish Preparation and Storage for Subsistence ^99 106 The Native Diet^ Traditional Medicines and Admonitions^108 112 Healing and Mental Health^ 115 Technology and Modern Life^ 119 Village Life in Changing Times^ 125 Summary^ Chapter VI.In addition to patient observation, emphasis was placed on document analysis, informal conversations, and interviews as the primary sources of data from the fieldwork.The study addresses the aspirations of Yupiaq people for self-determination and self-reliance by providing a pedagogical framework which attempts to meld Western and Yupiaq knowledge generation and use, based on the data gathered in the field.ABSTRACT This case study examines some of the cultural and educational implications of the intersection of a Western world view and a Yupiaq world view in a remote Yupiaq Eskimo village on the Kuskokwim River in southwestern Alaska.
Special attention is given to the generation and application of scientific knowledge in a manner suited to the maintenance of Yupiaq cultural traditions and world view in a contemporary world.He, and people like him from the Western society, make possible change for the better in pursuit of integration into one world. Indigenous people have become subservient to the Western system and are confronted with new social structures which they do not always find compatible with their needs.The effects of this assimilative process often include altered child-rearing practices, shifts from nomadic to sedentary lifestyles, changes in dietary orientation from natural to processed foods (oftentimes with less nutritional value), alterations in design and efficiency of housing, and dependence on numerous government institutions which control what people do.Yupiaq World View: The Meeting of Old and New ^7 Alaska Native World View^ 8 14 Yupiaq World View^ Yupiaq Ways of Knowing: An Illustration ^ 28 43 Alaska Native Lifeways and Education^ Chapter III.