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Presentation Title: At Sea Level - Yup'ik People and Salmon Living Through Change Discipline: Native Environmental Science School: Northwest Indian College Presentation Type: Oral & Poster Presentations Abstract: At Sea Level - Yup'ik People and Salmon Living Through Change Rita A. Asgeirsson, Northwest Indian College

Yup’ik Eskimo people have lived on the Yukon River estuary, at the edge of the Bering Sea, for many thousands of years. The people in the present-day community of Kotlik, Alaska, relocated from their seasonal and familial living areas in the 1950’s. Today the families of these communities have embraced modern technologies to continue their traditional ways of living. Food gathering, harvest and storage of available food items from the Yukon Delta and Norton Sound is still practiced and relied upon by the residents of these communities. Traditional food from the Yukon Delta estuary, namely salmon, is an integral defining feature of the Yup’ik Eskimo way of life still in existence today. The purpose of this study was to better understand the relationship Yup’ik people have with their environment and how changes to their environment may impact their lives. Living, working, traveling, and harvesting food with the members of one community for one month identified salmon as a major economic and primary cultural food source. An extensive range of salmon harvest sites in the intertidal zone of the Yukon Delta reflected that sea level rise may impact the ability of the residents to gather salmon in traditional harvest sites.

Presenter: Rita A. Asgeirsson Tribe: Native Village of Kotlik (Yup'ik Eskimo) Primary Email: Biography My immediate and extended family continues to reside in the Yukon Delta and Norton Sound area surrounding Kotlik, Alaska, my Yup’ik Eskimo home. After two years furthering my higher education, eight of working professionally for Yukon Delta partner organizations, and two years of full-time mothering, I decided to complete my Native Environmental Science, B.S. at Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, Washington. My area of focus is concentrated on an analysis of tribal sovereignty in relation to Yukon Delta salmon management.


2011 National Conference Student Research Abstracts  
2011 National Conference Student Research Abstracts  

A comprehensive list of the student research topics that will be presented at the AISES 2011 National Conference