Southwest Alaska Students Share Book About Local Community, Culture

Photos and Story by Libby Casey, APRN – Anchorage

Students from the Southwest Alaska village of Kokhanok, near Lake Iliamna, now have a piece of their work in the nation’s most honored Institution: the Smithsonian. Its National Museum of the American Indian recently invited the kids to Washington, DC to share a book they’ve written about their local community and culture, which includes Aleut, Yupik and Athabascan roots.

Photos: (Top) Student Connor Romer reads a story he wrote about life in his southwest village of Kokhanok on the stage of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian while his classmates look on. (Right) Seven year-old Salleena Song O’Domin (front) with classmate Tatyana Zackar (middle) and sister Yaana O’Domin on their first trip to the nation’s capital.  The three were part of a group of students who traveled to Washington, D.C. from the village of  Kokhanok in Southwest Alaska at the invitation of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

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