"Few works on Native knowledge drill down this deep or are done with this breadth and depth of collaboration. Ellavut will be a touchstone and standard of excellence for how to carry out research in aboriginal communities. It is a remarkable testament to a remarkable group of elders and their knowledge and ways of being in the world."
-Thomas Thornton, University of Oxford
"Ellavut takes its place alongside such classics on indigenous views of the environment as Keith Basso's Wisdom Sits in Places and Richard Nelson's Make Prayers to the Raven. Essential."
"This stunning work will be of great interest to Yup'ik people, oral historians, geographers, and anthropologists. More broadly...fellow global citizens could benefit from the words and reflections of the Elders, which inspire reconceptualization of humanity's relationship to the environment as based on reciprocation, not domination."
-Meagan Gough, Oral History Review, September 2013
"Fienup-Riordan's forty years of intimate collaboration with Nelson Island elders has enabled her to successfully give the English-speaking public a sense of being instructed by the elders themselves. . . . It is the kind of work that could not be produced by anyone else."
-Steve Street, Alaska History, Vol. 23, No. 2