Alaska Native and Native American Heritage Month Challenge – Week 1

As a Native woman who does a lot of work in media and art, November can be a very busy month for me. Besides it being a traditionally active time in my Native cultures for gathering, this is the month non-Native people tend to request a lot from us as far as education...

Raven Steals the Toilet Paper

Children’s book by Vera Starbard, Illustrated by Don Starbard I’m so happy to finally release the fun quarantine project I worked on with my dad – the children’s book “Raven Steals the Toilet Paper.” It’s available for...

At-Home Employee Demands

As businesses and organizations are figuring out their COVID funding needs, I hope they’re also considering the new financial needs of employees who are now working from home. I’ve seen a lot of friends struggling with bandwidth, home computers, office space, etc. and...

Statue Symbols Matter

Note: This was posted on my Facebook on June 7, 2020. While we’re on the topic of taking down statues and other racist memorabilia internationally, we have our own Alaska pieces of “honor” it’s way past time to deal with. When I lived in Kodiak, we lived on Ismailov...

Native Poem-A-Day #30

Can I really include Joy Harjo a third time this month? OF COURSE I CAN. I was thrilled to hear that Joy would be doing a second year as U.S. Poet Laureate today. On top of that, it is my husband’s birthday, and this “birthday” poem caught my eye. It is a lovely gift....

Native Poem-A-Day #29

Today’s poem is not a single poem, but a collection. I didn’t know this existed, and some can be tough, but all had power in them. This is a collection of both spoken poetry and written poetry that was then collected in video by the Native Alliance Against Violence....

Native Poem-A-Day #28

Oh my goodness, I needed this poem today. I feel both celebratory and worried, and it’s an interesting space to be. I want to shout from the rooftops, but feel guilty doing so. This poem by Brandi Nalani McDougall captures such a dichotomy of feeling so well. It...

Native Poem-A-Day #26

Sometimes you just need a really beautiful poem with beautiful language and poignant turns of phrases. America, I Sing Back By Allison Adelle Hedge Coke for Phil Young, my father, Robert Hedge Coke, Whitman, and Hughes America, I sing back. Sing back what sung you in....

Native Poem-A-Day #25

Oh man. I was looking for a light poem, and so I opened a poem by this same author, Crisosto Apache, called “Laughter.” IT WAS NOT LIGHT. So ironically I went to this poem, and I felt much better than with the “Laughter” poem! Death By Crisisto...

Native Poem-A-Day #24

I went looking for Native poems for children, and it was actually kind of hard to find! Even some of those listed “for children” were more written for adults but not inappropriate for children. The ones I did find were actually a little older. But...