Kristin Hanson, faculty in the UAA College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Philosophy, recently published a book, Alaska Native (Inupiaq) Translations and Transformations of Protestant Beliefs and Practices: A Case Study of How Religions Interact.
This book explores what seems to be a neglected theme, namely: how has and how can Inupiaq spirituality-culture inform and shape the immigrant Christian system, as well as the lives of Inupiat who have embraced Protestant beliefs. The book is based on a 2000-2001 ethnographic study of two Anchorage congregations that have notable Seward Peninsula-Norton Sound Inupiaq representation within them. The book offers brief early missionary history of the Seward Peninsula-Norton Sound region and first-person glimpses of village life, difficult urban transitions and multi-faceted racism. The text focuses on narrated areas of resonance between tradition and Protestant practice, as well as perceived emergent expressions of urban Inupiaq spirituality-culture using Christian idioms and forms.
A UAA Campus Bookstore presentation on the study and findings is planned for the spring.