Kristin Helweg Hanson has an undergraduate degree in nursing and graduate degrees in education and religious studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Religion and a Certificate of Womenās Studies at Emory University in 2002. Since 2003, she has served as Adjunct Professor of world philosophies and religions at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Starting with preliminary field research in 1999 and continuing to the present, Kristin Helweg Hanson has been privileged to learn from Lutheran Inupiat in Anchorage and on the Seward Peninsula of Alaska.
2015 1-4955-0294-1 This work presents an initial conversation regarding how IĆ±upiaq culture affected or worked with the introduction of the Protestant faith. This fresh perspective provides a compelling metaphorical view of the process, not just as an assimilation of the otherās spiritual belief system, but views it as a āGift exchangeā between equally competent and equally important actors in an historically significant religious interaction.