In Alaska, the names of settlers and explorers can be found everywhere: roads, cities, buildings and statues — all reminders of Alaska’s colonization and the impact it has had on the Indigenous population.
Mary Jane Fate was known for her advocacy for the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, and her leadership of the Alaska Federation of Natives and the Fairbanks Native Association. Fate had many “firsts” at a formative time in Alaska’s history.
Calista Corp. has reaffirmed its Alaska Federation of Natives membership, in response to a caller on a KYUK talk show who claimed that Calista had pulled out of the organization.
The show’s producers want kids to have fun — but not co-opt Molly’s Athabascan culture.
Sovereign Bill voices Molly Mabray in “Molly of Denali,” the first Alaska Native lead character in a nationally-broadcast children’s program.
Gwich’in Athabascan songwriter Daniel Firmin of Fort Yukon and Fairbanks performs “Call Me What You Want” as part of the Red Carpet Celebration Sessions.
Fish skin: some people eat it, others throw it out, and some make baskets from it. This week at the Sitka Arts and Science Festival, five women are learning how to make a basket from fish skin, beads, and a needle and thread. Their teacher is Athabascan artist Audrey Armstrong, who comes to Sitka every summer to teach this class.
The Census Bureau designates languages for translation based on its estimates for speakers who have limited English proficiency.
Seventeen Alaska Native artists and 40 models will showcase contemporary indigenous design at Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Native Fashion Show.
Bethel’s Megan Leary is the 2014 first runner up of the Miss Indian World competition, which concluded Saturday night at the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico.