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Reviews 69 The Life I ’ve Been Living. By Moses Cruikshank. Recorded and compiled by William Schneider. (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1986. 132 pages, $14.95.) The life stories of Moses Cruikshank reveal a remarkable man; a Native of Athabascan stock, Cruikshank’s experiences extend from the back of his grandfather’s canoe and the dog sleds of Episcopal missionaries to the mission school at Mt. Hermon, Massachusetts and military service in World War II. This series of anecdotal tales recommends a warm man who highly regards “Old-time Alaskan”values; in this context, Cruikshank’sworld is integrated with respect for both native and white culture. This integration of world views is, however, not without its costs. While Cruikshank’s stories have much to say on behalf of the native material heritage, they lack a recollection of traditional tribal lore. The sole instance when Cruikshank reveals a mythological story—a reference to the “stickman”—passes almost unnoticed and without traditional elaboration. In contrast, he has much to say about the Episcopal missionaries and their philanthropical deeds among the Athabascan people. Saddened by this orientation, I am reminded of the negative effects of mission and boarding schools upon Native Americans. Accordingly, I find myself wondering about Cruikshank’s knowledge of Raven and His work creating the world. The attention to texture, text, and context given the stories by recorder/ compiler William Schneider deserves praise. Schneider respects the character of oral narration while attending the demands of the written word; the result is an engaging, highly readable text which acknowledges the verbal art of Cruikshank’s storytelling. While regretting the lack of traditional tribal lore among these stories, I am encouraged by the recollections which link legendary lives of other Athabascan elders, Old Adam and Chief Christian, to the present. Furthermore, Cruikshank’s courage and sense of purpose are highly inspirational themes which greatly commend this book of one man’s remarkable life. JAY HANSFORD C. VEST University of Washington, Tacoma Equal to the Occasion: Women Editors ofthe Nineteenth-Century West. By Sherilyn Cox Bennion. (Reno & Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, 1991. 210 pages, $24.95.) In Equal to the Occasion, Sherilyn Cox Bennion notes that “Examples can be drawn from the list of women editors to support almost any interpretation of women’s place in the West,” an observation which suggests not only the scope but also some of the difficulties of this fascinating project. Covering editors working in the Far West between 1854 and 1900, some “three hundred women ...

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ISSN
1948-7142
Print ISSN
0043-3462
Pages
p. 69
Launched on MUSE
2017-10-04
Open Access
No
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