“We see ourselves or we see the little tiny tot at powwows or protests or ceremony as Baby Yoda, you know, learning the way,” said Simon Moya-Smith.
The signs are one more nod to indigenous people and culture in Juneau in a string of similar public gestures, big and small.
As a cultural interpreter, John Lawrence tries to answer any questions people might have. Some questions are about paint. Other questions are harder.
The new books will be released during the Dec. 6 Gallery Walk in Juneau. Sealaska Heritage Institute will also host a Baby Raven Reads event open to the public that night.
Earlier this year, both the Alaska House of Representatives and Alaska Historical Commission endorsed changing the name to Skanax Bay, pronounced “skeh-NOCH.”
Sewing atasuaq, or traditional baby parkas, was almost a lost skill. That is, until a 101-year-old Yup’ik Elder helped revive it.
The show’s producers want kids to have fun — but not co-opt Molly’s Athabascan culture.
On stage at AFN, the president and CEO of Cook Inlet Region Inc. pointed to the governor’s “violation of separation of powers” and the impacts of state budget cuts as reasons the Alaska Native corporation supports the recall effort.
Other notable elements of the Alaska Federation of Natives convention included talk about missing and murdered indigenous women, rural public safety issues, and the keynote speech by Iditarod winner Pete Kaiser
Most fluent speakers of the Lingít language are elders. But the instructors of an immersion classroom in Juneau have high hopes: to raise a new generation of Lingít speakers.