web-posted Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The Alaska State Library is recruiting one VISTA volunteer for Kake and one for Craig (to join a team of two other VISTA volunteers in the Prince of Wales Island region) in the Libraries Build Communities program. The goal is to improve the educational and economic opportunities for residents while increasing the effectiveness, services, and sustainability of their public libraries.
web-posted Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The Shirly Jackson Community Library in Kake has received a $1,765 grant from the Crossett Fund to help establish an early literacy program at the library for children under 3 years of age.
web-posted Wednesday, November 4, 2015
In October, Capital City Weekly's Mary Catharine Martin reported on an impressive region-wide effort to document and understand the effects of environmental change across Southeast Alaska. This study is facilitated by the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory and Sitka Conservation Society in collaboration with the rural communities of Hoonah, Yakutat, Angoon, Kake, Klawock and Kasaan. The multi-faceted project combines social and ecological research to study the impact of environmental change on coastal subsistence practices.
web-posted Wednesday, November 4, 2015
As part of last week's Tlingit Clan Conference at Centennial Hall, the Juneau Public Library set up a listening room where conference attendees could hear recordings of interviews conducted as part of the library's ongoing StoryCorps project, expected to run through March. The oral history project focuses on Alaska Native educational experiences. The following is a partial transcript of an interview between Harriet Brouilette and her son, Ted Hart, recently conducted in Haines. In the interview Brouilette, tribal administrator for the Chilkoot Indian Association, talks about her Kake-born mother's traumatic experiences at boarding school, and how her mother's experiences affected her own life. It was recorded through the Juneau Public Library in collaboration with the Haines Public Library. For more information on the project, email Beth Weigel, Program Coordinator at the Juneau Public Libraries, at Beth.Weigel@juneau.org.
web-posted Wednesday, October 28, 2015
In the early 1960s, shortly after Alaska became a state, a stranger knocked at Nancy Strand's door. This was Petersburg, a small, rough yet friendly fishing village full of salty Norwegians. Surrounded by dark rainforest and dangerous seas, hard men and women toiled to make their livelihood from the wilderness. Many hugged their families goodbye in the spring, boarded commercial fishing boats, and were away until the following winter. Others moved from one nearby logging camp to the next. A few chased dreams of gold, but they were the less pragmatic members of the community.
web-posted Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Once upon a 50- to 57-million-year distant time, just after dinosaurs went extinct, Southeast Alaska was a much warmer place. Palm trees grew in the lands around Kake. An ancient ancestor of the modern horse squished its three-toed footprints into marshy ground. A metasequoia frond - an ancestor of the modern-day redwood - drifted its way down to the land, a flightless terror bird either scavenged or hunted, depending on your theory, and a hippo-like semi-aquatic mammal browsed for food.
web-posted Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The Shirly Jackson Community Library in Kake has scheduled two events later this month.
web-posted Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Climate change is already affecting the way Southeast Alaska's Native communities harvest and gather traditional foods, according to a recent Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station study.
web-posted Wednesday, August 12, 2015
During two days of public meetings in early August, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott committed to having tribal and public voices contribute to ongoing state-level discussion about transboundary mines - British Columbian mines in watersheds that begin in B.C. and flow into Alaska. He also told Alaskans concerned about the mines' potential pollution - among them fishermen, elected representatives and Alaska Native leaders - that he is listening to their concerns, but that the involvement of the International Joint Commission under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909, which many of those concerned say is the best course of action, would only come with a unified voice.
web-posted Wednesday, August 5, 2015
It's not uncommon to be hit by a stray water balloon while walking from one event to the next at Kake's annual Dog Salmon Festival. Kids of all ages dart through crowds of talking adults, weaving between their legs, sometimes even using them for cover from incoming balloons.