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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Haa Shagoon: Our Ancestors

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pp. ix-2

One of my first jobs after I came back home to Juneau was at a Native theater, where we told old stories and sang and drummed old songs. At the end of each performance, we stood in a line on the stage and introduced ourselves in our Native language, and then translated what we had just...

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The Retreating Glacier

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pp. 3-42

Late on a dark night, above the whispers and settlings of the cedar and the spruce, you might hear a woman wailing. Follow that sound into the forest. Take off all your clothes. You will wander a long time as you listen to the woman’s grief stir the compassionate trees. After a while you might find her. You will see that she, too, is naked...

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The Emerging Forest

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pp. 43-70

When the sun is about to set and you find yourself still in the forest, take care. Stop walking. Stand still. Look around you.
You will see that the shadows are becoming long. This is the time that trees think about telling you things you don’t know.While they are considering how much to tell you, there is still time for you to consider...

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The Climax Forest

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pp. 71-122

Once there was a man who lived in a large town. Although the man was born to a woman of high status, his father was not from the original people. Because of that, his childhood was awkward. As he grew, it became impossible for his mother to control him. His father also was unable to manage him. His maternal uncle, the one who...

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The Bog

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pp. 123-174

At sunrise before the Raven calls, a woman enters the forest. She is fat with child. Inside her belly are all of tomorrow’s generations.
Although now is the time for spring, patches of snow and ice still create danger. The woman must be careful where she places her steps. She vanishes into the forest. How will she survive? How...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 175-177

Without Sherry Simpson, who unfailingly offered gracious encouragement, this work would have had a far more difficult beginning.Without Liz Dodd, who generously shared her valuable time and considerable talent, this work would have had a far more difficult completion. I am indebted...

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