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‘Alaskan Bush People’: Brown Family Grapple with Big Decision on Staying in Alaska After Loss of Father Billy

You can take the people out of the Alaskan bush, but you can’t take the Alaskan bush out of the people. With the latest season of the show now airing, it’s obvious that the Brown family is facing a significant change in their mentality and mission. Whereas before they fought for every opportunity to enhance their freedom from society, now they hope to keep their father’s vision alive by making their Washington homestead into everything he dreamed. Since father Billy Brown suffered a seizure and passed away early this year, it seems they’re as determined as ever to keep the family together.
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New brochure promotes authentic Alaska Native art

A new consumer education brochure produced by the Interior Department’s Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB) promotes creative work by Alaska Native artists and artisans. The brochure, “Take Home a Treasure From Alaska. Buy Authentic Alaska Native Art,” highlights a variety of expressions of Alaska Native artists’ cultural identities, including jewelry, weavings, carvings and dolls. It also provides information on materials used in this artwork, which are often gathered as part of customary and traditional subsistence and harvest practices.
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Alaska 5000, Lea DeLaria Cast as Royal Leads in Pasadena Production of Go-Go’s Musical ‘Head Over Heels’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Initial casting is being revealed for the Pasadena Playhouse’s production of the Go-Go’s-scored musical comedy “Head Over Heels,” opening in a reconfigured, immersive setting within the storied theater Nov. 9. And for a show that already won some plaudits in its 2018 Broadway run for going head over heels to be LGBTQ-friendly in its themes and casting, the Pasadena version hardly looks to be losing any of that in the rethinking. The show’s two more mature roles in a Elizabethan-era comedy of manners, Queen Gynecia and King Basilius, will be played by, respectively, Alaska 5000 and Lea DeLaria. Alaska 5000 comes...
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Upcoming concerts in Alaska for the week of September 23-29

The Carousel Lounge – Live music w/ Matt & Co. 9p-12a Dirty Skillet (Hope) – Summer Thursdays with Hwy9 6p-9p Eddies Sport’s Bar – KBEAR Country Night with DJ Steve Franklin 8p-12a Flattop Pizza & Pool – Jukebox Karaoke Roadshow 9p-12a Floaters (Big Lake) – Karaoke with Steve 7:30p-11:30p. Garcia’s...
alaskamagazine.com

Voices of Alaska: Alyssa London

Alyssa London became the first person of Tlingit descent to be crowned Miss Alaska USA and placed in the top 10 at the Miss USA competition in 2017. She founded the media production company Culture Story, is the executive producer of the series Culture Stories, and is the author of Journey of the Freckled Indian.
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Ketchikan Daily News

Group eyes a new Alaskan architecture

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE — Francis Waskey's house used to stand four feet above ground on wooden stilts. Now, the mud underneath it has swallowed them whole. As the posts sank over the years into the thawing, carbon-rich frozen soil known as permafrost, Waskey tried propping up the 28-by-36-foot wooden structure with two empty propane tanks, to no avail. The ground shifted so much that the vinyl floor split apart. Nails popped out of the floorboards. The windows shattered, leaving Waskey — a Yupik native who grew up in the home with his family and remained after his parents passed — with icy drafts through subzero winters.
Anchorage Press

Upcoming concerts in Alaska for the week of September 23-29

The Carousel Lounge – Live music w/ Matt & Co. 9p-12a Dirty Skillet (Hope) – Summer Thursdays with Hwy9 6p-9p Eddies Sport’s Bar – KBEAR Country Night with DJ Steve Franklin 8p-12a Flattop Pizza & Pool – Jukebox Karaoke Roadshow 9p-12a Floaters (Big Lake) – Karaoke with Steve 7:30p-11:30p. Garcia’s...
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Alaska’s News Source News Director Tracy Sabo named 2021 Broadcaster of the Year

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - For almost a decade, Tracy Sabo has led a team of broadcast and digital journalists that are critical to providing news and information to Alaskans. Her forward-thinking perspective was paramount in executing one of the largest transitions to television media in recent state history. In 2020,...
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Juneau Empire

Book celebrates historic Ravenstail robe exhibit at state museum

The Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum is releasing a book to celebrate the end of a special exhibition of Ravenstail robes, a weaving technique that was largely forgotten for over 100 years. “The Ravenstail weaving technique, that had pretty much gone extinct,” said Steve Henrikson, curator of collections at...
Smithonian

Trove of Unseen Photos Documents Indigenous Culture in 1920s Alaska

In Edward Sherriff Curtis’ Diomede Mother and Child, a young woman looks straight into the camera with her lips pressed into a firm line. She carries an infant whose face bears the opposite expression: an open mouth, furrowed eyebrows, flushed cheeks. Such images of mothers and their children are common in art history (think of Mary Cassatt’s sentimental scenes of women with babies or the countless renditions of the Madonna and Child), but this sepia-toned portrait feels particularly timeless, like the photographer caught the pair in the middle of a decisive moment.
Cornell University

Book explores connections of Alaska’s Native and Asian peoples

As an Asian American growing up in Alaska, Juliana Hu Pegues was often told stories of Asian immigrants, by family and friends, even teachers, that never made it into the history books about her home state. “Something I felt as a young person, but became more politically aware of as...
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Anchorage Daily News

Photos: The colors of fall in Southcentral Alaska include white

Snow rests on leaves at the Glen Alps Trailhead on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (Bill Roth / ADN) A quick fall storm dropped snow on higher elevations of the Anchorage Bowl as well as Eagle River and the Valley early Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.
Anchorage Daily News

Alaska balladeer Hobo Jim shares diagnosis of terminal cancer

James Varsos, better known as Hobo Jim, wrote in a Facebook post Saturday he has end-stage cancer. The singer-songwriter most famous for the “Iditarod Trail Song” is known to generations of Alaskans after decades of performances on stages, campgrounds, classrooms and barrooms across the state. Varsos wrote that he’d experienced...
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‘Alaskan Bush People’: Ami Brown Reveals Billy’s Final Words, Breaks Down in Tears

In a recently released “Alaskan Bush People” trailer, Ami Brown becomes emotional as she reveals her husband’s final words. Ami Brown’s husband, Billy Brown, passed away earlier this year on February 7. The two were stars of “Alaskan Bush People” a reality television series that follows the Brown family. Billy’s passing has been tough on the family and especially tough on Ami. A recent teaser trailer put out by the Discovery Channel shows an emotional Ami tearing up as she reveals her late husband’s last words. The Discovery Channel put the trailer on their social media accounts for all to see a brief glimpse of upcoming episodes. It is clear in the video that Ami is still grieving over the loss of her husband.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Palmer Alaska and back to Fairbanks

I had Mary do the transitions and pick the music, what do you think? This is our last video from our trip to the Palmer Fair. We left the AirBNB and stopped a few places in Palmer before our beautiful drive home. I hope you enjoy it!. GET TO KNOW...

‘Alaskan Bush People’ Previews Moving Speech From Late Billy Brown Around a Campfire Ahead of New Season Premiere

Throughout his life and time on the show, late Alaskan Bush People patriarch Billy Brown always prioritized keeping his family together. From building shooting ranges to a whole homestead, Brown’s ultimate goal was to keep the family united through their love for the wilderness and each other. The father frequently gathered his children and wife together to share his insight on their way of life. In these moments, he reminded them of the most important values: faith, freedom and family.