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Peter Kalifornsky

Born: Oct 12, 1911

Death: Jun 5, 1993

Birthplace: Kalifornsky

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Peter Kalifornsky

Date of Birth : Oct 12, 1911
Date of Death : Jun 5, 1993
Birth Place : Kalifornsky

Peter Kalifornsky, self-named "???? ????????????", was a self-taught writer and ethnographer of the Dena'ina Athabaskan of Kenai, Alaska, who wrote traditional stories, poems, and language lessons in the Outer Inlet dialect of Dena'ina, a language of the Athabaskan language group. Kalifornsky, a Dena'ina elder, participated in creating the written version of the Dena'ina language, and over 19 years worked to record as many sukdu or traditional stories as he could remember, translating them also into English. He also wrote original works in Dena'ina, including a number of autobiographical works. He was the great-grandson of Qadanalchen, who took the name Kalifornsky after working in the Russian American colony of Fort Ross in California, and for whom Kalifornsky, Alaska is named. Near the end of his life, he worked with linguist James Kari of the Alaska Native Language Center and anthropologist Alan Boraas of Kenai Peninsula College to compile his collected works. Published in 1991, A Dena'ina Legacy — K'tl'egh'i Sukdu: The Collected Writings of Peter Kalifornsky contains 147 bilingual Dena'ina-English writings.


  • Writer

Awards Won

  • American Book Awards
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