Dancing at the Debut

A new memoir, 'Dreaming Bears: A Gwich'in Indian Storyteller, a Southern Doctor, a Wild Corner of Alaska' (Epicenter Press), will be launched next Sunday at the Anchorage Museum. Author Mike Holloway builds the book around his youthful experience traveling, hunting and living with storyteller and former medicine man Johnny Frank and his wife Sarah in the remote Arctic village of Venetie starting in 1961.













(Photo: Ted Holloway)

"Johnny and Sarah were to become my mentors and adoptive grandparents," Holloway says in a press release. "Their wisdom and generosity shaped my life."

"Holloway's life since meeting the Franks has included some of that medicine-man stuff. He's an M.D. He did a stint as a Peace Corps doctor in South America and worked at the hospital in Dillingham and the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, where he was chief of orthopedics. He's since taught medicine in Asia, Africa and Central America, but continues to make Alaska his base.

"The Anchorage Museum book launch will include an Athabascan dance group led by Samuel Johns. It starts at 1 p.m. on May 18. Additional book signings and readings are scheduled for the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in Fairbanks on May 29, the North Alaska Environment Center, also in Fairbanks, on May 30, and the University of Alaska Anchorage bookstore on June 11.

"Find out more about the author and see a video trailer for the book at jmichaelholloway.com."

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