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Indie Alaska

Reviving the art of making Iñupiat Mukluks

Indie Alaska

Reviving the art of making Iñupiat Mukluks

5m 15s

Mukluks are traditional boots worn by indigenous Arctic people around the world. Mukluks are very versatile and are worn to sneak up on seals while hunting, for traditional dances, and for formal occasions like weddings. The process of sewing mukluks has become less common in recent years, but Mary Lou Sours is working to change that and reconnect people to this cultural tradition.

4m 58s

Why is this Mets outfielder teaching baseball in Alaska?

Signing his first pro contract in 2002, Jamar Hill left Alaska to play outfielder with the New York Mets. However, after years of playing, he realized he wanted to help players with their skill and technique, instead of being a celebrity athlete.

As the president of Gamers Baseball Alaska, he now coaches all school levels of baseball. Helping kids understand team building and core values.

4m 46s

An Alaska Fisherman's Guide to Tragedy and Redemption

Jody Mason has been a halibut fishing guide out of Whittier, Alaska for over 20 years with his company, Alaskan 4 Star Charters. After a traumatic boating accident in 2019, Jody was overwhelmed by the community response that helped him get a new boat in time for the 2020 fishing season.

5m 27s

Kuspuks and Parkys: Symbols of Alaskan Identity

Alaskans all have their own taste when it comes to fashion, but one style, in particular, has grown in popularity throughout the years.

Sheila Ezelle absolutely loves making custom kuspuks (Qaspeks) for the summer and parkys for the winter. Every parky that she makes she excitedly thinks to herself, “My - this is the best parky I have ever made!”

4m 28s

Is the world's best ice cream in...ALASKA?! | INDIE ALASKA

Elissa Brown always loved tinkering around in the kitchen, but she never thought it would evolve into her own business making ice cream with authentically Alaskan ingredients.

Since 2015, Wild Scoops ice cream has not only created a huge following and tourist attraction around Anchorage, Alaska, but has also showed how small businesses can collaborate and make a better community.

3m 49s

Skiing Alaska’s extreme slopes with videographer Luka Bees

Ever wonder what it takes to capture skiers on video as they perform their most epic tricks?

Over the years, Luke Bredar, also known by his Instagram handle as Luka Bees has been shooting and editing videos for social media of professional skiers all over Alaska, from the lesser known slopes of Hatcher Pass, to the primary ski and snowboard resort, Alyeska Resort.

3m 43s

Where are they now? The Shrimp Whisperer

Al Laudert's shrimp photography was first featured on Indie Alaska in 2016, and has been one of the most-asked-about episodes in the series among Alaskans. We decided to catch up with Al and see what the shrimp whisperer is up to these days in Valdez.

6m 44s

Running the only commercial farm in rural Alaska

Tim Meyers and his wife Lisa run Meyers Farm in Bethel, Alaska. What started as a small produce stand for local residents has now turned into a large-scale commercial farm, which allows Tim to ship organic produce boxes to more than 50 villages in Alaska’s YK Delta. Historically, these villages have had very little access to fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables.

2m 26s

Preserving Traditional Alaskan Native Materials with Jewelry

Josh Qagmuk Ahsoak, of JQA Designs, is an Iñupiaq artist living in Anchorage, Alaska creating earrings and other fine art with traditional Iñupiat materials. Josh uses whale baleen, polar bear fur, dried flowers, walrus ivory, and other traditional materials in his modern designs.

5m 20s

This Aerial Silk Dancer Performs in the Alaskan Outdoors

Ten years have gone by since Aerialist, Stephany Jeffers fell in love with Aerial Acrobatics at a workshop at the University of Alaska Anchorage. After a few years studying Aerial in the lower 48, she returned to Alaska, but she found that there was no place to practice her silk.
What do you do when there is nowhere to fly? You make a bridge your Aerial rig and the Alaskan wilderness your stage.

3m 4s

Meet the Cabbage Fairies of the Alaska State Fair

At the Alaska State Fair, not only will you find giant cabbages, but you will also find Ginny Lawton and five of her closest friends bringing some magic to the Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off as the Cabbage Fairies. What started as a fun way to participate in the weigh-off, has now become a tradition that many fairgoers look forward to.

3m 35s

From Mammoth to Kale: A look into gardening in the Arctic

The only permanent settlement of the Alaska Native Nunamiut, Anaktuvuk Pass relies on air shipments for produce, making it difficult to get fresh fruits and vegetables. Nasugraq Rainy Hopson founded Gardens in the Arctic, a gardening program that focuses on providing food for the community.

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