Collaborating With the Tiger: The Evolution of an Essay

Igor Krupnik, Kenneth L. Pratt and Craig Mishler


Between 1986 and 1995 I collaborated with Tiger Burch on an ethnohistorical topic very close to both of us. The resulting extended essay on the Di’hąįį Gwich’in was published in 1995 under a title of his creation. I have revisited our correspondence from that era, along with working drafts, maps, and one structural issue that put us on a conflicting course. This key issue was eventually resolved to my satisfaction, if not to his. In reminiscing, I offer some insights into Tiger’s research methods, negotiating skills, pithy sense of humor, and our ongoing distant friendship.

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