Fienup-Riordan, Ann 1948-

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PERSONAL: Born October 13, 1948; daughter of Kenneth L. (a civil engineer) and Beth (Fiske) Fienup; married Dick Riordan (a writer), 1972; children: Frances, Jimmy, Nick. Education: University of Michigan, B.A., 1971, M.A., 1973; University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, Ph.D., 1980.

ADDRESSES: Home—9951 Prospect Dr., Anchorage, AK 99516.

CAREER: University of Alaska, Anchorage, instructor in anthropology, 1973-74; Mud, Inc., owner and operator, 1974; Nelson Island School of Design, researcher and publication designer, 1975; Alaska State Council on the Arts, Anchorage, instructor, 1978; Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp., Bethel, AK, interviewer and research consultant, 1978-80; Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, assistant professor of social science, 1980-83; University of Alaska, assistant professor of anthropology, 1983-84; U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Yukon Delta specialist for village economics in rural Alaska, 1986-88; consulting anthropologist for the Yupiit Nation, 1988-89; Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, curator of the exhibit "Agaiyuliyurallput: The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks," 1994-96. Nelson Island Oral History Project, consulting humanist.

MEMBER: American Ethnological Society, American Anthropological Association, Alaska Anthropological Association, Alaska Historical Society.

AWARDS, HONORS: Grants from U.S. Department of the Interior, 1980-81, Alaska Council on Science and Technology, 1981-83, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1985-86, 1989-91, and 1994-96, Administration for Native Americans, 1988-89, American Association for State and Local History, 1989, Alaska Humanities Forum, 1989, National Historical Publications and Records Commission, 1992-94, and Rockefeller Foundation, 1994-96; Alaska Historical Society, Alaska History Award, 1988; named Alaska Historian of the Year, 1991; named Alaska Humanist of the Year, Alaska Humanities Forum, 1991.


Maraiurivik Nunakauiami: The History and Development of Pottery at Toksook Bay, Alaska Humanities Forum (Anchorage, AK), 1975.

Shape Up with Baby: Exercise Games for the New Parent and Child, Pennypress (Seattle, WA), 1980.

The Nelson Island Eskimo: Social Structure and Ritual Distribution, Alaska Pacific University Press (Anchorage, AK), 1983.

The Yup'ik Eskimos as Described in the Travel Journals and Ethnographic Accounts of John and Edith Kilbuck, 1885-1900, Limestone Press (Kingston, Ontario, Canada), 1988.

Eskimo Essays: Yup'ik Lives and How We See Them, Rutgers University Press (New Brunswick, NJ), 1990.

The Real People and the Children of Thunder: The Yup'ik Eskimo Encounter with Moravian Missionaries John and Edith Kilbuck, University of Oklahoma Press (Norman, OK), 1991.

Boundaries and Passages: Rule and Ritual in Yup'ik Eskimo Oral Tradition, University of Oklahoma Press (Norman, OK), 1994.

Freeze Frame: Alaska Eskimos in the Movies, University of Washington Press (Seattle, WA), 1995.

(With Marie Meade) Agyuliyararput (Our Way of Making Prayer), University of Washington Press (Seattle, WA), 1996.

The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks: Agayuliyararput (Our Way of Making Prayer), University of Washington Press (Seattle, WA), 1996.

(Editor) Where the Echo Began and Other Oral Traditions of Southwestern Alaska, University of Alaska Press (Fairbanks, AK), 1999.

Hunting Tradition in a Changing World: Yup'ik Lives in Alaska Today, Rutgers University Press, 2000.

Contributor to books, including Alaska's Future, edited by Ted Eschenbach and George Geitstants, Alaska Pacific University Press, 1986; Crossroads of Continents, edited by William Fitzhugh and Aron Crowell, Smithsonian Institution Press (Washington, DC), 1988; and Russian America: The Forgotten Frontier, edited by Barbara Smith and Redmond Barnett, Washington State Historical Society (Tacoma, WA), 1990. Contributor of about fifty articles and reviews to professional journals and regional magazines, including American Ethnologist, American Indian Quarterly, Alaska Native News, and Alaska History. Associate editor, Arctic Anthropology; member of editorial board, Etudes/Inuit/Studies.

WORK IN PROGRESS: A Yup'ik mask exhibit.