Resources: Books and Other Media
What are the outstanding works of history, art, science and literature pertinent to rural Alaska, and who are the agencies, companies, and individuals producing them?
The BREACH is a film made by fishing guide/filmmaker Mark Titus after he learned about the plummeting of wild salmon populations in his home region of the Pacific Northwest.
Chantelle Pence is the author of Homestead Girl: The View From Here, a heartfelt story that reaches across cultures in describing her experiences growing up in rural Alaska. My review of her book is here.
Edible Alaska publishes in print and online, advocating for a strong local food economy and exploring Alaska’s rich culinary culture, both urban and rural.
EsquiMedia and Jacqui Lambert produce Qargi Zine, “(pronounced kah-dah-gee zeen) a quarterly magazine (both online and in print) that consists of stories, photos, and artwork submitted by people from all across Alaska. In addition to the quarterly print publication, the website posts art and videos of rural Alaskans.
Indian Country Media Network and Indian Country Today are back online! As of February 2018, The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) owns Indian Country Today. Editor Mark Trahant of Trahant Reports and Associate Editor Vince Schilling will head up the editorial team. Changes are coming this spring as they revamp.
Laurel Ivanoff’s blog Living Village celebrates the people and truth of small, rural Alaska communities. The articles posted here were a regular part of We Alaskans, a section of the Anchorage newspaper ADN no longer publishes.
Longhouse Media’s mission is to “catalyze Indigenous people and communities to use media as a tool for self-expression, cultural preservation, and social change.” Co-Founder Tracy Rector, M.Ed, is a mixed-race (Choctaw/Seminole) filmmaker, curator, and community organizer.
Schooling the World produced a thought-provoking film that takes a close look at the history of western education’s impact on traditional cultures, by focusing on the Ladakh in the northern Indian Himalayas.
See Stories works with museums, schools, and community organizations to lead youth digital storytelling film workshops. Owner Marie Acemah has led digital storytelling initiatives in various parts of Alaska and the world.
Where Water is Gold: Life and Livelihood in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, is “an award winning book that is the result of a comprehensive effort to highlight the Bristol Bay region of Alaska.”