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Three Books on Anaktuvuk Pass

My apologies for the inadvertent hiatus of “Three Books on …” we have a long ways to go before we exhaust WorldCat’s trove of items on Alaskan communities. I tend to write my blog posts in advance. I have two other series with posts through mid-May and assumed that “Three books …” had plenty of advance posts.

I’d like to thank Jennifer Canfield of the Tundra Telegraph for asking me what happened to the series. That made me jump right on the keyboard to restart these posts.

This week our “Three Books on …” series takes us to the community of Anaktuvuk Pass. Here is a description of Anaktuvuk Pass’s location and climate from the Alaska Communities Database:

Anaktuvuk Pass, at 2,200 feet elevation on the divide between the Anaktuvuk and John Rivers in the central Brooks Range, is the last remaining settlement of the Nunamiut (inland northern Inupiat Eskimo). The community lies at approximately 68.143330° North Latitude and -151.735830° West Longitude. (Sec. 18, T015S, R002E, Umiat Meridian.) Anaktuvuk Pass is located in the Barrow Recording District. The area encompasses 4.8 sq. miles of land and 0.1 sq. miles of water. The climate of Anaktuvuk Pass is strongly continental. Due to its high elevation, summers are cool. The average temperature in January is -14 °F. The average summer temperature is 50 °F. Extremes ranging from a low of -56 to a high of 91 °F have been recorded. Precipitation averages 11 inches, and snowfall averages 63 inches per year.

Looking through WorldCat, we find these three books with Anaktuvuk Pass as a subject, among others:

Wyman, Jeffries, and Anne Cabot Wyman. 2010. Alaska journal. Rockport, Mass: Protean Press.

Partnow, Patricia H., and Annie Patterson. 2004. Time and ptarmigan. Barrow: Alaska Native Education Program, North Slope Borough School District.

Campbell, John Martin. 1961. The Tuktu Complex of Anaktuvuk Pass. Anthropological papers of the University of Alaska, v. 9, no. 2. College, Alaska: University of Alaska.

Join us next week (REALLY!) as our trek through WorldCat takes us to Anchor Point.

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