Experimental music group Indian Agent and two other artists with Alaska connections will contribute to a new compilation of music from the circumpolar north.

Norah Jones to make Alaska debut this summer

Jan 29, 2019

Singer-songwriter Norah Jones will make her Alaska debut this summer.

Seattle-based indigenous funk band Khu.éex' headlined the Circumpolar World Music Festival on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Khu.éex' was scheduled to play Monday night, Jan. 28, 2019, in Juneau. The Circumpolar World Music Festival featured several Native artists, musicians and dance groups throughout the day. The festival closed with a panel discussion about the debuting Eadweard Muybridge photo exhibit, which will be on display at the Heritage Center through March. 

Igiugig will test RivGen hydropower through the winter

Jan 25, 2019

In the Yup'ik language, Igiugig's name means "like the throat that swallows water."

The Bristol Bay village of about 70 people sits at the head of the mighty Kvichak River.

The turquoise waters rush out of Iliamna Lake and past the village with such force that it rarely freezes over, even in the winter.

The community is hoping to harness that power in its ongoing quest for independence from diesel.

A longtime musician will take the stage at Circumpolar World Music Festival for her first time since moving to Alaska five years ago.

Whitney Youngman is King Island Iñupiaq and a member of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana.

Raised on Gila River land in Arizona, music is a large part of her life.

The Mount Polley Mine’s tailings dam failed in 2014, discharging waste into nearby waterways.

The controversial Canadian mine that became the poster child for the risks of transboundary mining is suspending operations. But critics say the mine’s economic failure is a worrying development.

Imperial Metals released a statement last week blaming low copper prices for the mine losing money.


The partial federal shutdown is putting strain on some Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations. Some are dipping into reserves in order to pay for services that the federal government usually covers.

Federally recognized tribes in Alaska are missing some payments from the federal government during the partial shutdown.

Tribes are eligible for funding through federal agencies either directly or through contracts, grants or other agreements.

  A rare wooden rattle attributed to a famous Tlingit artist sold at an art auction in California last month. The 230-year-old piece came from a private collector and sold for a half-million dollars.

When Sealaska Heritage Institute Native arts curator Steve Brown first laid eyes on the shaman’s rattle, he was amazed by the piece’s excellent condition.

“Nobody had ever seen this before,” Brown said. “It had just kind of come out of the woodwork.”

Alaska Native writers with work widely published and read by many are not very common nowadays.

However, one published writer from the Norton Sound region will receive a Governor’s Arts and Humanities Award from the State of Alaska.

an award from the State of Alaska. She hopes she will inspire more Alaska Natives to share their words with others.

An Anchorage-based artist wants his message to scream.

"The same words if you whisper them mean something completely different if you scream them," said Thomas Chung, an assistant professor of art and painting at the University of Alaska Anchorage. “My work, the things I'm trying to say, they need to be screamed, or else it's not the same message.”