Siberian Opens Contacts with Alaskans

Yuri Sergeevich Rytkheu, Chukchi and part Eskimo, is shown admiring a handmade Alaskan doll given to him by Eva Marie Heffle of the Association of Interior Eskimos at Fairbanks during his one month visit. The guest of the Chancellor of the University of Alaska, he is also visiting Nome, Gambell, Savoonga, Diomede, Wales, and Anchorage. Rytkheu was born in 1930 on East Cape, directly across from Alaska. He attended the Leningrad University, became involved in the development of Chukchi dictionaries and literature and became an author of international stature during the 1950s. He has written much on Native life in Siberia among the Chukchi and Eskimos of Chukotka. The vice president of the Soviet Workers’ Union, he lives in Leningrad with his wife and two sons, but maintains close relationships with the people of his Native villages. He was Farley Mowat’s host through Siberia, a trip that was the basis for Mowat’s book, The Siberians. He is interested in restoring relationships between the people of Alaska and Siberia who are closely related and who used to visit each other frequently. He has encouraged groups such as the Inuit Circumpolar Conference to make new approaches to the Siberian Eskimos, as, he said, “The climate for this is improving rapidly.” he held out promises of help for those organizing the Eskimo and Indian Olympics and the Inuit Circumpolar Conference. “Of course we would like to know what games you play,” he said. “We Russians come to win.”

 

Coastal Zone Management:
State CZM Regulations Being Circulated for Review

In December, the Alaska Coastal Management Council finished drafting the State’s first set of regulations governing CZM in Alaska, and hearings are being held around the State before they will be sent to the State Legislature for final approval. Standards of the Alaska Coastal Management Program, and Guidelines for District Coastal Management Programs, such as that of the NSB, are being reviewed by all agencies involved in Alaska’s CZM program. When finally approved, they will qualify the State to participate fully in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s national CZM programs through which State and local governments can exercise control over much of the Federal OCS program in Alaska. These regulations will be analyzed in the March, 1978 issue of the Arctic Coastal Zone Management Newsletter.