ISER Lunchtime Talk: 'Navigating at a double crossroads: The role of subsistence in the wellbeing of Dena'ina Athabascan youth'

2014-04-21 by

Jennifer Shaw, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at the Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, where she conducts research on youth suicide prevention, healthcare decision-making and the development of culturally grounded health services. Her research interests are in medical anthropology, social determinants of health and cross-cultural childhood and adolescence.

She will talk about the role of subsistence in the well-being of Dena’ina Athabascan youths growing up in Southwestern Alaska. How do subsistence and other cultural activities fit into the lives and aspirations of contemporary Dena’ina youths living in rural Alaska? What factors impede or facilitate their ability to achieve these aspirations in the transition to adulthood? Shaw conducted an ethnographic case study with 19 youths in one Dena’ina village. The results showed that, despite concerns about Alaska Native youths’ commitment to culture, this group deeply identifies with their tradition and aspires to continue these activities into adulthood, despite significant obstacles in their paths.

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ISER Lunchtime Talk TUNDRA Project with Jennifer Schmidt

2014-02-04 by News, Sports, and Art

Recorded January 31, 2014.

The TUNDRA project is an international study, with researchers from Norway, Russia, Canada and Alaska examining the influence of society and governance on subsistence and land use among the people who live on the tundra in the circumpolar north. Jennifer Schmidt, a researcher at the University of Tromsø, Norway, is part of the project team and she’ll talk about this project at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). She’ll also describe other socio-ecological projects underway in Norway and Europe, as well as opportunities for researchers from different disciplines to collaborate on such research. To learn more about the TUNDRA project, visit site.uit.no/tundra/researchers.



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