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As Iditarod Has Changed, So Has Its Relationship With Its Native Roots, Mushers Say

Man in black baseball hat and black puffy jacket standing on a busy Anchorage street.

Longtime Bethel musher Pete Kaiser surmises it’s become more difficult for some in smaller, rural communities to manage an Iditarod-caliber team. “It’s really not a hobby or anything else, it’s a lifestyle, and it requires my time 365 days a year. And when you have other things going on like family and kids, you kind of need a job to support this job. It gets very complicated.”

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Perspectives on “Alaxsxa”

Man gives a dance performance inside a Nome Elementary School classroom.

A multi-media theatrical production that recently toured Alaska and off-Broadway in New York City brought Alaska Native culture, and cross-cultural encounters in the state from a variety of perspectives, to a broader audience. This collaborative, story-rich, conversation-sparking production was the focus of a recent episode of KNOM’s “Story49.”

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Elder Voices: Peter Jacobs

Aerial view of Bethel, Alaska

Join Peter Jacobs for a special interview for Elder Voices spoken completely in Yup’ik, recorded just after he was awarded Elder of the Year in 2008 at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention.

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With “Language Nest,” a New Campaign to Revitalize Inupiaq

Marjorie Tahbone, the vice chair of Inuusiq, Inc., teaching an Inupiaq class at the Nome high school.

“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.

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