Art and Eskimo Power:
The Life and Times of Alaskan Howard Rock

Epicenter Press, 1988
ISBN 0-945397-02-X and 0-945397-03-8 (pbk.)
and University of Alaska Press, Snowy Owl Books, 2009
978-1-60223-021-7 and 978-1-60223-021-8

He was born in 1911 in a sod igloo in Point Hope, an ancient Eskimo village in northwest Alaska where the people had hunted whales and lived off the land and the sea for centuries. Instead of becoming a hunter, rock was to become an accomplished artist and crusading newspaper editor. He helped defend his people from a controversial Atomic Energy Commission proposal to excavate a harbor near the village with a huge, above-ground atomic blast, then founded the Tundra Times newspaper to give them a voice.

Under Rock's leadership, the newspaper helped organize Alaska's Native people to press their aboriginal land claims before Congress, ultimately winning a settlement of $1 billion and 40 million acres of land.


"Morgan weaves an impressive body of research into an effective novelistic format."
 —Publishers Weekly

"Howard Rock, an accomplished Eskimo artist, journalist and Native leader, is someone everyone interested in Alaska should know. Author Lael Morgan knew and worked with Rock. She has written honestly about a complex, talented man. She makes the reader think about the challenges and changes for Alaska Natives during Rock's life, 1911-1976. Rock was pivotal in the opposition to Project Chariot that threatened northwest Natives' way of life as well as the environment. As editor of the first statewide Native newspaper, Rock was critical to Alaska Natives' fight for their rights and fair settlement for their land claims . . . Alaska historians selected Art and Eskimo Power for inclusion in The Alaska 67: A Guide to Alaska's Best History Books (2006)."
 —Joan M. Antonson, Alaska State Historian

"Lael Morgan brings to life the Inupiaq hero who provided a voice for Native Alaskans when there was none."
 —William L. Iggiagruk Hensley, author of Fifty Miles from Tomorrow


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