When Ethel Lund invited me into her Douglas home, I was expecting a lesson in the Tlingit language or Native land rights or health care reform or how to do a cartwheel on an old gymnasium floor.
Ask an outsider to name a few of the most life-threatening things in Southeast Alaska and you might get: man-eating grizzly bears, float plane crashes, hypothermia.
At a retrospective in honor of the second annual Walter Soboleff Day, obersved Nov. 14, speakers including family, friends and a pastor told stories that showcased the late Tlingit leader's sense of humor, generosity, faith, and his extraordinary grace, especially under circumstances that would embitter many people. (We've pulled some of those stories aside so that you can read them on their own.)
Students from Angoon presented their original play "Raven Stole the Sun" Thursday in an all-school project led by Gustavus artist Sarah Campen through the Artists in the Schools program. Junior high and high school students wrote the script after studying traditional versions of the story, and elementary school students created backdrops and props.
Fewer people may have registered as attending the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival in Haines this year, its 21st, but the rain and snow didn't stop the 172 people that came to see bald eagles, attend presentations, and wander through the Bald Eagle Foundation's redesigned aviaries -- and it certainly didn't stop the eagles.
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