Shtutda'ina Da'a Sheł Qudeł (My Forefathers are Still Walking with Me)
Verbal Essays on Qizhjeh and Tsaynen Dena'ina Traditions
"There my forefathers used to walk about there. And my grandfathers also had walked about. There truly I am just so happy as I ascend there, I am. As I walk along alone there. My fathers are walking along with me."- Andrew Balluta, 2007
Table of Contents
Part I. Essays on Dena'ina Beliefs and Values
Chapter 1: Deggech' Huyeshua Da (When I Ascend into the High Country)
Part II. Essays on Travel and Places
Chapter 8: Dghełchek' Ha Qeveł Łuhneshyu (When I was Small I Went Around with Them)
Part III. Essays on Environment, Resources, and Technologies
Chapter 16: Qałnigi Nih Ghuhdiłt'ayi (They Would Use Various Rocks)
"My father was traveling behind some people and then it got foggy on him and it snowed on him. And it got windy on him, as he was following behind them it seems. And the trail had vanished on him. Those embedded sticks were just straight (through there). He would go out in a straight direction and another one again was embedded. There in that way then he got through the pass to the other side." - Andrew Balluta, 2007
Did You Know?
Earthquakes are common in the tectonically active Lake Clark area. The Alaska Peninsula is located on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and has one of the highest earthquake frequencies in the world.