Ferry tour recap: What We Talk About When We Talk About Climate

This article was written by Island Institute Director Peter Bradley for publication in the Capital City Weekly at the end of June. For more information about the 2016 Tidelines Ferry Tour, visit www.iialaska.org/tidelines

We were at the Fish House in Ketchikan early in April, talking about climate; the room was full and the conversation was lively. Outside, the berries were blooming and the snow was gone. Ketchikan was the third stop of the Tidelines Journey, a nine-town ferry tour organized through my work at the Island Institute, a Sitka based nonprofit dedicated to fostering resilience by promoting creative, collaborative explorations of the connections between place and community. I was traveling for the month with a group of storytellers, artists, and culture bearers, all of us working in our own ways to better understand the relationship between the changing climate and our changing cultures. A week into the tour it was becoming clear that other people in Southeast Alaska are as preoccupied with climate change as I am...

Story Lab Year In Review

  • Posted on: 7 June 2016
  • By: Peter

Sitka Story Lab has had a wonderful second year. In two years, Story Lab has reached over 500 students through over 300 hours of programming in all seven Sitka schools. We expanded the number of writing and storytelling workshops in schools, fostered a sense of community at our after school program, and published our first collection of Southeast Alaska student writing. For the first time, we reached students in Hoonah, Kake, Wrangell, Haines, and Skagway.

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Tidelines Ferry Tour

In April, the Island Institute will travel with these four artists through nine communities on the ferry system, exploring the impacts and implications of climate change on culture, lifestyle, heritage, and economies in Southeast Alaska. For more information about the tour, visit our tidelines page.

Anchorage / Kaktovik, AK

Allison Warden is an Iñupiaq interdisciplinary artist born in Fairbanks, Alaska with close ties to Kaktovik, Alaska.  She is also known by her rap persona, AKU-MATU.  Her most recent show, “Let Glow” debuted at the Bunnell Street Art Center as part of an artistic residency in March 2014.

Hong Kong / Canada

Animals and their relationships with humans, explored from various intellectual and philosophical angles whether emotional, sustenance, or environmental, is a long recurring thread in her works.

Bloomingdale, NJ

Chantal Bilodeau is a New York playwright and translator originally from Montreal. She is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle – an organization created to support the writing, development and production of eight plays that examine the impact of climate change on the eight countries of the Arctic – and the founder of the international network Artists And Climate Change.  

Sitka, AK

Teri Rofkar, whose Tlingit name is Chas' Koowu Tla'a, was born into the Raven Clan. As a young child, she was exposed to traditional methods of weaving by her grandmother. While too busy and impatient at the time to sit down and weave, these experiences later inspired her to seek out elders in her community to learn these techniques.