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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Climate change and its impact on the Iñupiat of Point Lay, Alaska: A case study of resilience
by Beauparlant, Alain Marcel, M.A., University of Alaska Anchorage, 2014, 254; 1563534
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines resilience among the Point Lay Iñupiat in the context of climate change. Resilience is manifest in the ability of community members to maintain meaningful subsistence practices and activities despite ongoing changes in weather, ice, and resource conditions. Twenty-one Point Lay Iñupiat were interviewed for this thesis. Respondents were divided into three cohorts: youths (ages 18-29), adults (ages 30-49), and elders (ages 50-70+). Respondents shared changes in weather, ice, and resource conditions. Respondents also shared community concerns, including concerns not attributable to climate change. Received responses were sorted and compared by cohort to identify trends in weather, ice, and resource conditions, as well as to identify adaptive and maladaptive strategies for coping with climate change and other stressors impacting the community. Whether the community can maintain meaningful subsistence practices and activities if local changes in weather, ice, and resource conditions remain unchanged or intensify is also questioned.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Langdon, Stephen J.
Commitee: Fast, Phyllis A., Feldman, Kerry D.
School: University of Alaska Anchorage
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Alaska
Source: MAI 53/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Climate Change, Native American studies
Keywords: Alaska, Inupiat, Point lay, Resilience, Socioecological systems, Subsistence
Publication Number: 1563534
ISBN: 978-1-321-12994-6
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