Alaska Salmon Fellows join forces for innovative initiatives

During their Fellowship, Alaska Salmon Fellows work collaboratively to define, propose, and implement innovative initiatives - small seeds aimed at long-term change in Alaska salmon/people systems. The first cohort of fellows has worked to form teams and craft proposals for a wide range of projects. Take a look below at what they are working on. Have suggestions, ideas, connections, or feedback? Scroll to the bottom to leave your comments for the Fellows. Qasgiq: The Heart of Our Village Fellows: Mary Peltola, Christina Salmon, Warren Jones The Qasgiq was an important Yupik institution before it was destroyed by colonial influence in the 1960s. It served as the social, political, econom

Second cohort of Alaska Salmon Fellows joins statewide program to address salmon’s “people problem”

“Alaska is a place of divided people,” writes Taylor Evenson, an entrepreneur and commercial fisherman from Anchorage and Kenai. “We are divided by distance. We are divided by a lack of development. We are divided by mountain ranges, rivers, and bodies of water. We are divided by harsh weather. But we are also divided by our mindset. Skills that have made Alaskans great in this divided landscape are exactly what divide us now. But we are entering a time where we have to come together, a time where we are stronger in cooperation than complete independence.” Evenson is one of 16 new Alaska Salmon Fellows selected this week to begin an 18-month program at Alaska Humanities Forum. He sees the

Iñupiatun on Facebook

Sometimes making progress on a project just involves connecting with the right people. One mini-grant funded by the Alaska Humanities Forum this year, “Connecting Speakers and Learners: Iñupiatun on Facebook”, came together based on a few friends and colleagues coming together to take on a daunting task: the translation of Facebook into Iñupiatun, otherwise known as the Iñupiaq language. The project started with grantee Myles Creed reaching out to Grant Magdanz, a recent Computer Science graduate at UW, who grew up with Creed in the Iñupiat community of Kotzebue (Qikiqtaġruk). The two attempted to use some external applications to translate Facebook, but nothing quite worked. Having recently

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