Cold River Spirits by Jan Harper Haines
The Legacy of an Athabascan-Irish Family from Alaska's Yukon River

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This is an inspirational and deeply moving story of a proud Alaska Indian family struggling to survive in two worlds. Sam and Louise Harper and their ten children make a soul-grinding transition into a modern white-dominated society where they face bigotry, poverty, and illness. Yet, Louise remains in touch with centuries-old traditions of healing, honoring nature's spirits, and a belief that the spirits of all Athabascans one day will return to the headquarters of the Yukon River.

About Jan Harper Haines

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Born in Sitka, Alaska, of Koyukon Athabascan and French-Dutch descent, Jan Harper-Haines began gathering stories about her Athbascan mother and grandmother in 1990. The author earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Alaska, where her mother, Flora Jane Harper, was the first Native graduate in 1935. She lives in the San Francisco area, where she continues to write.
Published October 1, 2000 by Epicenter Press. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Opening this intriguing but insular memoir with a crucial memory from her early childhood in Alaska, Harper-Haines recalls: ""I came home one day with the announcement, `I'm not going to play with those kids--they're indians!'"" In addition to eliciting a stern talking-to from her father, her rem...

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