Conversations with Tiger: Forty Years of Dialogue . . . and One Uncompleted Project

Igor Krupnik, Kenneth L. Pratt and John R. Bockstoce

Abstract

Here I describe four decades of my collaboration with Ernest S. “Tiger” Burch, Jr., principally concerning the editing of three late 19th-century reports on the Iñupiat of northwestern Alaska, reports which were compiled at a time when Iñupiaq societies were undergoing severe stresses from foreign intrusions and influences. The correspondence sheds light on Burch’s research methodology, precision of thought, honesty, and ethical standards.

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