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peter kalifornsky Qadanalchen K’elik’a Qadanalchen’s Song Another dark night has come over me. We may never be able to return home. But do your best in life. That is what I do.1 note . Peter Kalifornsky’s great-great-grandfather, Qadanalchen, composed this song while he was at Fort Ross, California, sometime between  and . It is said that he was not sure he would ever get back to Cook Inlet, and to ease his loneliness he would sing this song. As he sang, he would take from a small bag a bit of soil he had brought from his home village, and he would rub the soil on the soles of his feet. This was a customary Dena’ina practice to ease the pain of homesickness. ...

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ISBN
9780803202368
MARC Record
OCLC
607194129
Pages
394
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-10
Language
English
Open Access
No
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