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December 2015 Vol. 53 No. 4

University of Nebraska Press

The following review appeared in the December 2015 issue of CHOICE. The review is for your internal use only. Please review our Permission and Reprints Guidelines or email

Social & Behavioral Sciences

2014-34805 CIP
Bunten, Alexis C. So, how long have you been Native?: life as an Alaska Native tour guide. Nebraska, 2015. 251p bibl index afp ISBN 9780803234628, $26.95.

Ethnographer by trade, Alaskan Native Bunten (Simon Fraser Univ., Canada) delivers her firsthand account of working as a tour guide in "The Last Frontier" state, selling Native culture to visitors.  Seven chapters take readers through various issues concerning cultural tourism, such as how and why Natives make the decision to sell their culture, cutthroat politics of business in a small community, and the impact of colonization on contemporary Natives' culture, among other topics.  From cover to cover, the book reads as one large captivating story comprised of many snapshots of the author's life based on her interactions with not only the locals with whom she lives but also the tourists with whom she interacts regularly.  Libraries with extensive holdings concerning the Pacific Northwest, anthropology, cultural studies, and/or tourism studies would be best served to add this to their collections—especially because of the academic approach and cited literature throughout.

--K. M. Woosnam, Texas A&M University

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students/faculty.