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Winter Wisdom- Weather Watching and Warm Clothing

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Sam Demientieff explores the wonders and trials of Alaskan winters. He shares tips about looking for signs in the weather and choosing the right clothing for those conditions. Sam also explain the importance of passing on these skills and traditional wisdom to youth to keep Alaska Native culture strong.

Bubbly and Sticky: Making an Alaskan Sourdough Starter

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Sourdough was the hot trend during the pandemic. But Alaskans have known it far before it was trendy. Kathleen Hildebrand (Nulato) joins the series to speak about the foods that sustain Alaska Natives through the winter when reserves of meat and berries decrease. Sourdough, pilot bread, bannik, and oatmeal are some of the foods used… Read More

Connecting Alaska Native Culture to Health and Wellness

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Spring is a time for renewal. Consider renewing your commitment to health and well-being during this season and learn how culture can play a role. Jessica Black (Nenana, AK) and LaVerne Demientieff (Nenana, AK) join the series to speak about the connections between health, including physical, mental, and spiritual, and the continuation of cultural practices.

Voyage Across the World: Migratory Birds in Alaska’s Spring

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A key sign of spring is migratory birds returning to Alaska. Darrell Hildebrand and Debra Lynne join the series to speak about which birds to look out for in spring and their importance in Alaska Native ways of life. Watch live at

Fish Wheels: A Traditional Way to Catch Fish

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Summer has begun! June represents a time for Alaska Native people to prepare for the salmon run. Traditionally, one of those tasks would be creating and setting up a fish wheel. Special guests join the series to speak about how to make and use a fish wheel, as well as their cultural importance. Watch live… Read More

The Bounty of Summer: Making Alaska Native Fish and Berry Ice Cream

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Summer’s bounty is here! Fishing, berry picking, and hunting are in full swing. Kathleen Hildebrand joins the series to talk about how to use this bounty to make Alaska Native fish and berry ice cream. She will discuss harvesting the ingredients, along with sharing memories of this tradition and how it promotes Alaska Native culture.… Read More

Respecting the Fall Harvest: Field Dressing Skills

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Fall hunting season is coming up! Do you know how to process your harvest? Earl Mahler explains how to use field dressing skills to respectfully harvest game this season. He delves into preparations needed for field dressing and utilizing the different parts of the harvest. Earl also highlights the connection between these skills and respectful… Read More

Native Storytelling: Ways to Carry on Native Values

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Native storyteller Frank Yaska joins us as we discuss storytelling and its role in Interior Alaska’s Native cultures and values. Our People Speak is a collaboration between Denakkanaaga, TCC and Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center. It is made possible through the generous support of Doyon, Limited. You can watch this program at

Preparing for Winter with Traditional Knowledge

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At this time of the year individuals throughout Alaska are busy preparing for the upcoming winter months. On the October edition of Our People Speak, Native elder Rev. Dr. Anna Frank, originally of Minto and college student Taniesha Moses of Northway, discuss traditional and modern ways that are used to prepare. Our People Speak is… Read More