Indigenized Holiday Shopping Links

This holiday season (or really any time,) I might suggest the PERFECT Christmas gift just may be made, created and sold by an awesome indigenous artist or entrepreneur. Below is a list of some of my favorite Native-owned artists, shops, and companies to purchase from,...

A Very Native Premiere Week

So… guess what? The MAJORITY of new Molly of Denali episodes being released this week are written by Native writers! This is a very good start to Native Heritage Month, and a very good premiere week. 🙂 Today was “Molly and Elizabeth” (written by me, Vera Starbard,...

Our Responsibility on Juneteenth

On our nation’s first official Juneteenth federal holiday, I have mixed feelings. The holiday is not a bad thing – I do think it can have a good impact for future conversations. But it was enacted at the same time state after state are proposing and passing bans...

Tlingit Opera: Day 1, Workshop 1

After a couple of years of talking and planning, and then six months of initial work, we’re starting to get the Tlingit opera off the page and into some vocal chords! Today was the first day that actual, real live actors and singers started working with the first few...

Alaska Still Needs Emergency Declaration

This purposeful lapse “to focus on recovery” is as good a reason as the many, many others to recall Dunleavy. He’s shutting down a major tool that helped us to slow the spread at a time we can very quickly speed the spread again. We are NOT out of a state of...

Alaska Native vaccine rollout: Commendation not Condemnation

I have been so proud of how the Alaska Native health system has been handling the pandemic in general, and the vaccine rollout specifically. So imagine my surprise to open the news this morning and see an absolute hit job piece of poor journalism published with a...

A National Grief

Last summer I was “attending” an online funeral and it really hit me how wrong it felt. Death and grief should be a time of community, of gathering, an acknowledgement of our collective grief and the very first moment of healing. So much of what happens with our...

A Tlingit Christmas Caroling and Coloring Book

It’s here! My dad and I created a Christmas coloring book! With 19 of his beautiful Tlingit-y Christmas illustrations, and 9 adapted Tlingit Christmas song lyrics, plus a few activities thrown in, it’s a fun and quite Tlingit coloring time. 🙂 The book...

A Tlingit Christmas Carol – THE ALBUM

That’s right! Tlingit musician Ed Littlefield and I are releasing “A Tlingit Christmas Carol” album, filled with adapted (aka Tlingit-ized) Christmas music! Music and arrangement by Ed, lyrics by myself, and a couple of amazing guest artists! You can...