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I Am An Iñupiaq Carver | INDIE ALASKA

Iñupiaq artist Ross Schaeffer spent most of his life hunting, trapping, and fishing around Kotzebue, Alaska. Only in recent years has he transformed his lifestyle into creating artwork and carvings that blend traditional and modern techniques. Using age old materials such as woolly mammoth bone, Ross works on carvings inspired by his culture and natural environment, and encourages young folks to try artwork themselves.
April 23, 2015

Matzo Balls and the $75 Challenge | INDIE ALASKA

Natasha Price is a crafty person. From knit hats to family dinners, homemade is kind of her thing. One reason for the DIY attitude according to Price is because living in Alaska is expensive enough without going out to eat every night. So after realizing that her family's monthly grocery bill was topping $600, she went on a quest to feed her family on $75 a week. Not an easy task in a state where nearly all food is shipped thousands of miles before reaching consumers.
April 18, 2015

Roadkill Moose Sancocho | INDIE ALASKA

Hitting a moose while driving is an unfortunate part of living in Alaska. Oscar and Laura Avellaneda Cruz are making the best of it. The couple utilizes locally harvested meat to make the traditional Colombian soup, sancocho.
April 9, 2015

Herring Eggs and Seal Grease Off-the-Grid | INDIE ALASKA

Fifteen minutes outside of Wasilla, the Little Su River calmly rushes by the small, off-the-grid cabin of Ben Schleifman and Meda DeWitt-Schleifman. The Schleifman family has lived in the cabin for two years and despite the endless list of chores (splitting firewood, hauling fuel, etc.), they have become adept at preparing feasts for friends and family who make the short trek out to their land.
April 2, 2015

Alaskan-Italian Minestrone | Indie Alaska

Growing up in Washington DC, Stephanie Cromarty felt completely removed from her Alaska Native heritage. A series of life changes prompted her to pack up her life and move her family to Alaska in order to be more in touch with herself and to reconnect with the culture she missed growing up.
March 26, 2015

I Am An Ice Fisherman

Elmer Brown knows that it takes patience, and a willingness to weather the cold, to catch sheefish on Kotzebue Sound.
March 19, 2015

I Am A Winter Cyclist

Winter weather doesn't stop Ellie Mitchell from hitting the road (or the trail) on her fat bike. She picked up cycling from her dad, and now she regularly competes against him and other cyclists in the Anchorage winter racing circuit.
March 17, 2015

I Am An Iditarod Musher

Long-time Iditarod racer DeeDee Jonrowe shares her experience of life on the Iditarod Trail, her connection with her dogs, and perseverance through health struggles.
March 12, 2015

I Run a Custom Knife Shop

For Virgil and Dawn Campbell, making and selling knives is a way of life. The I.R.B.I. ("I'd Rather Be Independent") knife shop on the Seward highway has been in the family for three generations and serves as workshop and a landmark for passerbys from near and far.
March 5, 2015

I Am An Ice Sculptor

Ice, an annoyance for most during the long Alaskan winters, has become the muse for Anchorage artist Speareo Stephens. Stephens stumbled upon ice sculpting when he first arrived in Alaska and has been carving away ever since.
February 26, 2015

Indie Alaska: I Am The Gingerbread Village Builder

850 pounds of icing, 40 houses of gingerbread and chocolate - Joe Hickel has been creating Marina's Village in the lobby of The Hotel Captain Cook for 35 years. Last year's creation took six days to build and features a new country scene.
December 16, 2014

I am a Wildlife Whisperer

About 30 miles outside of Haines, Alaska, Steve Kroschel spends his days taking care of his wolverines, a wolf, a brown bear, moose, and other creatures. With help from his son and friends, Steve has built his sanctuary as a place where others can learn how to live simply and naturally.
September 2, 2014

We Are Mountain Bikers

When you're biking in Alaska, you can expect things to be a little more intense. Riders in the 49th state deal with constantly changing weather, rough terrain, and unexpected animal encounters. The men and women of Alaska's Downhill Brigade wouldn't have it any other way.
July 18, 2014

We Are A Puppetry Troupe

Geppetto's Junkyard is a group of 20 amateur puppeteers living in Haines, Alaska. Their performances cater to locals, and mostly to adults.
July 7, 2014

I Am The Town Obituary Writer

Heather Lende is a writer. She's been a columnist for publications in Alaska and nationwide, published books about life in rural Haines, Alaska, and her third book, Find the Good, will be published Spring 2015 However, the job Lende is most passionate about is as obituary writer for her local paper, the Chilkat Valley News.
June 29, 2014

I Am A Distiller

You have to be creative to make a living in a small town like Haines, Alaska. With Port Chilkoot Distillery, Sean Copeland and Heather Shade are a young couple who are doing just that.
June 23, 2014

We Are A Pop-Up Restaurant

Nathan Dolphin-Chavie left Anchorage to work in the Los Angeles fine dining scene, eventually becoming executive chef at a well regarded eatery. Looking for a new challenge, Dolphin-Chavie, along with LA-native Joshua Plesh, has returned to his hometown to bring a new culinary experience in the form of a temporary and intimate restaurant, Harvest Pop-Up.
June 16, 2014

I am an Alaska Native Dancer

Haliehana Stepetin is a master Alaska Native dancer born in Akutan, AK. Stepetin has made it her life goal to promote and teach the styles dance found throughout the diverse Alaska Native cultures.
June 9, 2014

We Are Glacier People

Alaska has thousands of glaciers, but Matanuska Glacier is probably the most user-friendly. At 27 miles long by 4 miles wide, it is the largest glacier accessible by car in the United States.
June 1, 2014

I Am A Fly Fisher

After surving cancer, Pudge Kleinkauf decided to spend her life doing what she loves: fly fishing.
May 26, 2014