How Traditional Tattoos are Connecting Inuit Communities
S09E01 · How Traditional Tattoos are Connecting Inuit Communities
Holly Nordlum and Sarah Whalen-Lunn are Traditional Inuit Handpoke and Skin Stitch Artists. They are working to revive the Inuit tradition and create a space for connection and healing within their Inuit community.
Reviving the art of making Iñupiat Mukluks
S08E18 · Reviving the art of making Iñupiat Mukluks
Mukluks are traditional boots worn by indigenous Arctic people around the world. Mukluks are very versatile and are worn to sneak up on seals while hunting, for traditional dances, and for formal occasions like weddings. The process of sewing mukluks has become less common in recent years, but Mary Lou Sours is working to change that and reconnect people to this cultural tradition.
Living off the Land in an Alaskan Iñupiaq Community
S08E17 · Living off the Land in an Alaskan Iñupiaq Community
About 60 miles North of the Arctic Circle is the small village of Noatak. The majority of the residents there, including Lonnie Arnold, still live a traditional subsistence lifestyle and rely on the wild plants and animals to feed their families. During the summer, almost everyone in the Iñupiaq community is fishing for salmon and picking blueberries, raspberries and cloudberries for the freezer.
I am a Wool Waulker
S08E16 · I am a Wool Waulker
Lorri Wright has been weaving for years and first learned the craft at the Anchorage Weavers and Spinners Guild. At first, she started weaving to save money on cloth for sewing, but now the hobby has turned into a therapeutic activity to calm her moments of anxiety.
Growing Peonies in the Alaska Bush
S08E15 · Growing Peonies in the Alaska Bush
26 years ago, Paula and Mike packed up and moved their family out to the Alaska Bush. Their homestead has now blossomed into a thriving Peony Farm. Commonly known as the wedding flower, peonies are a beloved symbol of summer for many Alaskans. While growing flowers off-the-grid presents unique challenges, Mike and Paula can’t imagine a life anywhere else.
Exploring Alaska Through Pottery
S08E14 · Exploring Alaska Through Pottery
What started as a fun, childhood hobby has now turned into a blooming business for potter, Marta Elaine Zegzdryn. Her company, MEZ Pottery, can often be found at festivals and fairs across Alaska where you can find her unique, sophisticated Alaskan designs. Marta says much of her inspiration comes from the beautiful, rugged landscape in which she lives.
Finding the Skateboard Scene in Alaska’s Largest City
S08E13 · Finding the Skateboard Scene in Alaska’s Largest City
With long winters and temperatures often dipping below freezing, most people might not consider Anchorage to be a location with a growing skateboarding community. But Garrett Swenson, a lifelong Alaskan and confident skateboarder, says the scene has been in Alaska for years and is even expanding. The extreme seasons and lack of venues have created a tight-knit skateboarding community.
Making Music with Glaciers and Snow
S08E11 · Making Music with Glaciers and Snow
Matthew Burtner is using his experience as a music composer to raise awareness of climate change by making avant-garde soundscapes from Alaska’s wilderness. Matthew, like most other Alaskans, has a front-row seat to climate change and he’s sharing these sounds with the world through his new album, Glacier Music.
Packrafting Alaska While it’s Still Wild
S08E10 · Packrafting Alaska While it’s Still Wild
Packrafting is an Alaska born sport that’s picked up popularity in the past ten years. Because of their ability to be folded into the size of a small sleeping bag, packrafts have become a favorite adventure tool among backpackers looking to extend hiking trips, and thrill-seekers looking to conquer whitewater rapids. Meet Luc Mehl, an adventurer who’s been packrafting in Alaska for 15 years.
I am the Gluten Queen
S08E09 · I am the Gluten Queen
After her parents started a bakery in Anchorage, Rachel fell in love with the art of making crusty, rustic loaves. She is now the owner/manager of Fire Island Bakery and self-proclaimed Gluten Queen. However, to Rachel, the bakery is about more than just the bread, it’s about the community she gets to share it with.
Making Delicious Jelly from Spruce Trees
S08E08 · Making Delicious Jelly from Spruce Trees
Alaska in the spring is a blossoming green wonderland to harvest and forage for wild edible plants. Lisa Brandstetter takes advantage of many of these spring treats, but a favorite for her and her family are spruce tips; But she chooses this lifestyle for more than just the pantry full of homemade jelly.
We are an Improv Troupe
S08E07 · We are an Improv Troupe
Scared Scriptless is the longest-running improv comedy troupe in Alaska. They routinely perform sold-out shows to a devoted local audience. The members of Scared Scriptless might not be vying for a spot on SNL but they all share a unique passion that makes their performance feel more authentic than your typical comedy routine.
Seward’s Sweet Darlings
Seward’s Sweet Darlings
Sugar and candy were in Hugh Darling’s blood. His grandmother, Emma Jean, owned and operated the first candy store in Seward, Alaska in 1908. Hugh believed that one day he would go on to run the family business. In 1997, Hugh and his wife Iris opened Sweet Darlings and quickly became one of Seward’s most popular tourist spots.