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A look at a few of the best cabins in Southern Southeast Alaska
web-posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018
At the end of a short gravel trail there’s a three-sided structure near a beach on the north end of Prince of Wales Island. Across the water is the southern coast of Kupreanof — close enough to look big, far enough to look like a lot of work to access.
Southeast in Sepia: The Dyea-Klondike Transportation Company Aerial Tramway
web-posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018
My last column concerned the surface tramways on the Chilkoot Trail constructed during the Klondike gold rush of 1896-1899. This and the next two columns will discuss the three aerial tramway companies that operated along the Chilkoot Trail at the same time. Aerial tramways were once used extensively in mining operations throughout the west and have evolved into today’s modern ski lifts. These aerial tramways, constructed in the dead of winter, were significant engineering feats for the day and this particular company was the first to build its line and claimed to be “…the only tramway in the world operated by electricity…”
Art of Place: Conveying spirit
web-posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Northwest Coast Art is an easily distinguished and recognizable art form, and formline is its foundation, seen on cultural objects from blankets to screens. So what is formline and how does it work?
Inian Islands Institute a reality: Gustavus-raised scientist Zach Brown and team raised $1 million to purchase the Hobbit Hole
web-posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Three years and a million dollars later, Zach Brown’s dream is coming to fruition. The Inian Island Institute, an educational hub for researchers, conservationists, and students of the environment, finally has a permanent home, nestled in the natural bay locally known as the Hobbit Hole. The idyllic five-acre property harbors three houses, a workshop, and a 90-foot dock for boats and floatplanes.
Alaska for Real: ‘Chionomisia’ for the win
web-posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Chiono is Greek for snow; phobia is Greek for fear.
Etsy.com stops letting Alaska Native artists sell ivory, sea otter work
web-posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018
A policy intended to deter the illegal trade of ivory and items made with the parts of endangered or threatened animals led the online sales website Etsy to remove such artwork sold by Alaska Native artists, who can legally use ivory in their pieces.
A watery world: Michaela Goade-illustrated ‘Shanyaak’utlaax: Salmon Boy’ wins ‘best picture book of the year’ from the American Indian Library Association
web-posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018
How should a person visually tell the story of Salmon Boy, the traditional Tlingit tale of the child who flung away a moldy piece of salmon offered to him by his mother, offending the Salmon People — who, in response, swept him into their world?
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