The Two Lives of Frederica de Laguna

Spaan, Laura Bliss
September 2006
Arctic Anthropology;2006, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p54
Academic Journal
In the later part of her life, Frederica de Laguna continued to be extraordinarily productive. She worked hard to complete ethnographic manuscripts and established an electronic press to ensure that her work would be widely available. She was driven by a sense of obligation to ensure that her studies would find their way into the hands of the people whose cultures she bad studied.


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