Growing up in westernized public schools, teachers often spoke of Alaska Native people as if their way of life was dead, but not only are their traditions very alive, they have adapted and persisted despite many attempts to eradicate them. I have met new whalers and new whaling captains, both men and women. I have met people working to bring back old traditions within their local tribal government because they see current systems not working to the benefit and health of their community. I grew up seeing my family’s world through the lens of the European white male. I am working to change that.
The ultimate purpose of this work is to bring together a people separated by borders and melting sea ice, as well as to educate others about these resilient peoples and the struggles they still face.
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