I am the author of a non-fiction narrative, Narrow Road to the Deep North, A Journey into the Interior of Alaska; and the founding editor and publisher of Archipelago (www.archipelago.org), a quarterly journal (1997-2007). My graduate work was in modern European history of ideas, specializing in the thought of Marcel Mauss, the French ethnographer, for which I received a bourse from the French government for research in Paris, 1974-76. After Paris, I lived in Alaska between 1976-1980 and 1983-1988, generally in Athabaskan country, as an itinerant poet and independent scholar. I have lectured about Peter Kalifornsky and our work, most recently at University College Dublin (2003), University of Cambridge (2004), and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (2006). This project is a work of literature that stands at the intersection of imagination, language recovery, and the digital humanities. I have been helped by the Digital Scholars Lab, University of Virginia; Documents Compass, a branch of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (where I am an Affiliated Fellow); and the Office of Digital Humanities, NEH. The Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities enabled research and writing. I am working toward completion in time for the 2013 Dena’ina exhibition, Anchorage Art Museum.
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