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As Heard on Morning Line: Shaawatke’é’s Birth now on YouTube

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Our Guest today on Morning Line was Ronald Spatz, editor of the Alaska Quarterly Review.  He shared that Shaawatke’é’s Birth, a short film produced for Alaska Quarterly Review's 35th anniversary celebration, is now available on YouTube. 

"Shaawatke'é's Birth is the film version, in Tlingit and English, of a poem published Alaska Quarterly Review by Emily Wall and X'unei Lance Twitchell. "Shaawatke’é’s Birth" is about the birth of a Tlingit child as well as an origin story. It is ultimately a story about how important language is to sustaining a culture and cultural identity."

Our Guest on Morning Line: Ron Spatz - Spatz visited KNBA last fall, and this week in celebration of the New Year, the film Shaawatke’é’s Birth is now released on the Alaska Quarterly Review's Youtube channel.

He also mentioned the inclusion of the film as part of the Anchorage School District's training for teachers.

Spatz also shard one of the themes in the upcoming Spring edition, due out in March: an essay entitled "What Are You?" covers racism in an accessible way, and will be celebrated in an event closer to the publication date. 

Alaska Quarterly Review is a publication now in it's 35th year and features writing from scholars and emerging writers in Fiction, Non-Fiction and poetry and photo essays as well as plays.  

To see the short film, check out Alaska Quarterly Review on YouTube:

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