In Their Own Words: Documenting the Leuman Waugh Photographs of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

Via Scoop.itNWT News

Wayengi (Josephine Ungott, daughter of Andrew Uziva)
and Napaaq (Florence Maligutkaq, daughter of
Peter Aghnilu) from Gambell, dressed in winter
clothing. (N42725)   [excerpt, see original page for embeded links]   We have previously written about the Leuman Waugh collection (photographs and papers) here and here. However, this post serves to highlight an amazing new book recently published by the Arctic Studies Center (ARC), at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), entitled “Neqamikegkaput (Faces We Remember): Leuman M. Waugh’s Photography from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, 1929-1930,” edited by I. Krupnik and V. Oovi Kaneshiro. This book is the culmination of over ten years of work to properly document, describe, and enhance a portion of the Waugh photographs from two Yuit (Siberian Yup’ik) communities on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska; Gambell (Sivuqaq) and Savoonga (Sivungaq). In an agreement between the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and the NMNH, two Arctic cultural anthropologists, Igor Krupnik and Stephen Loring, together with NMAI Archive Center staff, decided to focus on the St. Lawrence Island set of images since the photographs from this area were one of the largest and most significant among the individual communities in the Alaska region. The anthropologists worked extensively with numerous St. Lawrence Island community elders and regional knowledge experts to properly identify individuals, places, and lifeways depicted in the images. More importantly, however, the community experts recreated hundres of personal narratives to accompany the images, essentially giving new life and context to the images. According to the authors, “the photographs offerred critical information on personalities, people’s lifestyles, and local scenes depicted by a caring, though uninformed, medical doctor on his short visits to the community.” […]


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