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Reviewed by Shannon Winings for Readers' Favorite
Bertrand J. Adams Sr., also known as Kadashan, is Tlingit Indian through and through. He was born in Sitka, Alaska, into this vibrant community. This Is Yakutat provides a brief background into Kadashan before going into multiple short stories that show the daily life of the Tlingit tribe of Southeast Alaska. Each story illuminates how they incorporated western and traditional beliefs and values into their lifestyle even in seemingly mundane life events. From The Storekeeper to A Dozen Roses for Mrs. Jensen, each story shows the Tlingit tribe’s knowledge of the land and their people.
In This is Yakutat by Kadashan, I discovered information about people and a culture that were previously unknown to me. Yet, after completing the book and its stories, I find that I may just know them now. My life has been so different yet similar to the events portrayed in the story. Each story evoked different feelings and thoughts from humor to happiness to discovery and I am familiar with all of them. At the same time, there were actions that I could not relate to because of the different lifestyle I have led. Even so, I found myself wanting to know more and see how our surroundings shape people differently. In addition, the stories were punctuated with illustrations that I just loved and I truly wish there were more. They were unique and nostalgic at the same time. Overall, I would recommend this to others who are interested in a piece of history from a world many of us do not see.