Hattie Keller, the newly appointed Inupiaq Director for Kawerak, says they have hired two staff members to teach a group of young children at Shishmaref’s language nest.
A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with three crew members and a paramedic from the Nome Volunteer Fire Department located a male and female pair who had attempted to snowmachine to Serpentine Hot Springs.
In a 2009 interview, Ardith Weyiouanna of Shishmaref talks about spending her youth herding reindeer with her parents.
In his 2011 interview, Shishmaref elder Davis Sockpick remembers a time when he could rely on his team of dogs for just about anything.
“What makes it a language nest instead of just a day care is that it’s going to provide the parents and the grandparents with learning materials,” Hattie Keller said of a new Inupiaq “language nest” project coming to Shishmaref. The nest will be run by Inuusiq, Inc., a non-profit of which Keller is the Board Chair.
Our series #FocusWesternAK continues with a look at Shishmaref, a community of 600 located on the edge of the Chukchi Sea — and threatened by climate change.
Prompted by climate and erosion concerns, Shishmaref voted to relocate in Tuesday’s primary. A choice between two potential relocation sites will be voted upon within the year.
Shishmaref climate change awareness advocate Esau Sinnok was recognized Friday as a “Champion of Change” during a ceremony at the White House.
The rescue occurred north of Shishmaref early Wednesday morning after two 22-foot skiffs had run into trouble.
This summer, Pilgrim Hot Springs will go from a deteriorating historical site to an operational community garden. At least that’s the vision of Unaatuq, LLC, which owns the property.