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Community Conversation: Indigenous Identity and Popular Narratives
February 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
When viewed by outsiders, Alaska has many different descriptions: “the Last Frontier,” a place wild or untouched by man, or a piece of nature open for exploration. At the same time, Alaska Natives have inhabited this place for thousands of years and exist in every part of the state, their narratives often overrun by colonial stories. As the popular conception and the lived reality of Alaska conflict, in what ways does the idea of Alaska and conversations about it accommodate or erase Indigenous stories? Do narratives about Alaska properly accommodate Indigenous histories, cultures, and epistemologies? What is missing and what processes of colonization influence this erasure? Join YWCA Alaska in discussing Alaska’s history in the popular imagination and its consequences.