The first day of the convention began with an unconventional note. The newly minted lieutenant governor for the state addressed the crowd just days after being sworn in.

Valerie Davidson took the position after former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned. She spoke briefly about the incident.

The Alaska Native Book Fair will feature more than a dozen authors, illustrators and publishers. 

KNBA's Tripp Crouse sat down to talk with Joaqlin Estus, a founding member of Alaska Native Media Group, and Alaska Native policy advocate Willie Hensley about writing and the book fair. 

A world-famous singer-songwriter will bring her story as a sexual-abuse survivor to Alaska. 

Originally from Nunavut, Canada, Susan Aglukark infuses pop and country songwriting with Inuit folk music.

She’s also very outspoken about sexual violence. Her own journey began in the early 1990s after the court case with her own abuser ended.

An Anchorage Museum exhibit will feature the cultural significance of the walrus and polar bear. 

Aaron Leggett is the curator of Alaska history and culture at Anchorage Museum. During an interview with KNBA’s Morning Line, he says an ever-changing climate has forced the walrus and polar bear to adapt.

“These two giants are also on the forefront of science an indicators of climate change, certainly,” he said. “Polar bears, for example, (are) spending more time on land, or walruses having to find new locations for haul-out sites.”

First Alaskans Institute brings social justice leaders to Juneau

Sep 27, 2018

More than 150 people attended the First Alaskans Institute's Social Justice Summit in Juneau. The two-day gathering discussed 

The 2018 Conference for Writers and Illustrators will attract a number of authors and artist looking to break into publishing their work.

Writer’s Guild president Brooke Hartman leads part of the effort in coordinating the two-day event this weekend at the BP Energy Center at 900 East Benson Boulevard in Anchorage.

I sat down with Hartman earlier this week to talk about the conference.

A community fundraiser will be held to benefit the family of Ashley Johnson-Barr. The 10-year-old was found dead after having gone missing for eight days in Kotzebue.

Beau Geiss and a friend are playing a tabletop wargame At Tier 1 Games.

They’re moving “tiny space men” around on a board of terrain and vehicles. A roll of the dice determines whether an attack hits or misses. And whether Beau’s tiny space men, live or dies.  

Warhammer 40,000 is one of about five different game systems available at Battle Zone Ursa. The tabletop war-gaming convention is this weekend – Saturday and Sunday -- at the Egan Civic and Convention Center.

About 100 fluent speakers of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian languages are left in Alaska and Canada’s Interior. And a Southeast Alaska cultural center invites them to Juneau for an Alaska Native language summit.

Voices of Our Ancestors” will invite fluent speakers of Lingit, Xaad Kil and Sm’algyax. The three-day regional summit will be Nov. 13-15.

Sealaska Heritage Institute will cover transportation and hotel costs for fluent speakers living in Alaska.

Salmon skin is a traditional sewing material for Alaska Native people in many parts of the state. When dried and preserved, it can be crafted into bags, boots and other clothing items. But few artists still practice the craft. Marlene Nielsen from Kokhanok [Kawk-AN-awk] is among those who do. She taught herself several years ago because no one she knew worked with fish skin. Now she teaches classes around Alaska. KDLG’s Avery Lill spoke with her at the Fishtival bazaar in Naknek this summer, where she was selling her fish skin crafts.