Early-rising Alaskans and night owls will be treated Wednesday morning to a celestial trifecta: a super blue blood moon.
Omega Smith is the planetarium manager at University of Alaska Anchorage. She said it is the first super blue blood moon in about 150 years.
“It is a spectacular event but it is going on all night long, so it’s not something that’s one moment,” Smith said. “For astro-photographers, you can go out and capture it as the shadow goes across the moon. And it makes some spectacular photos.” (Read more at ktoo.org)
What started with just two frisky cats — became a big problem for one Juneau resident.
The owner called Gastineau Humane Society on Monday. The next day, the humane society removed 25 cats from the Mendenhall Valley home. Taking in the animals alone will cost the organization an estimated $10,000.
Executive Director Samantha Blankenship estimates that it was about a 1,200-square-foot home, with one or two small bedrooms. (Read more at ktoo.org)
Six different historic maps by Alaska Natives inspired one independent historian to look into the significance of Alaska’s pre-statehood cartography.
During a project that began in 2007, John Cloud scanned historical maps and charts of NOAA predecessor, the Coast and Geodetic Survey.
“I’ve just been trying to trace the history of the people who made the maps and the stories of the maps they made … and so it turned into all the stuff with collections all over the country literally from one end of the country to the other.” (Read more here.)
During the second day of the Elders and Youth Conference in Anchorage, Tlingit storyteller Bob Sam spread his arms, and slowly flapped, mimicking the flight of a bird in front of nearly 50 people.
In the story “How Spirit Came to All Things,” Raven asks various animals to help carry the sun. When the sun touched various objects, it infused each with spirit.
His words are slow and deliberate, a measure of their importance. (Read more here.)
Gloria Wolfe was teaching a room of young people how to say “it’s good to see you” and “I eat” in Tlingit on Monday.
Then, a Tlingit elder unable to hear spoke up to encourage the audience to pay attention. The woman recounted her years in boarding school and how she nearly lost the language completely.
It took the mood in the room to a more serious tone.
It was one of many workshops throughout the first day of the Elders and Youth Conference in Anchorage. First Alaskans Institute sponsors the annual three-day conference to educate Alaska Natives about culture and traditional values. (Read more here.)
Southeast Alaska tribes celebrated the return of a long lost ancestor Saturday, when a Seattle couple donated back a hundred-plus-year-old sacred Chilkat robe.
Drumming, dancing and telling stories over an afternoon, representatives from three Southeast Alaska tribes celebrated the return of their Chilkat blanket. Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian members held a homecoming ceremony in the Shuká Hit clan house in Juneau. (Read more here.)
A federal humanities advocate and a Native nonprofit are teaming up to promote Native language education programs. They’ll each contribute about $2 million to fund education programs within tribal communities aimed at revitalizing Native American languages.
Approximately 150 Native languages are spoken in the United States. Twenty distinct languages alone are in Alaska. (Read more at ktoo.org)
Tripp J Crouse (Ojibwe, descendent of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) has worked in print journalism and broadcasting for 15-plus years, and currently represents Alaska and serves as 2019 chair of the Station Advisory Committee for Native Public Media, a national organization that offers support services to Tribal and Native public radio stations. Tripp is also a member of the Native American Journalists Association and Alaska Press Club. Prior to working at 90.3 KNBA in Anchorage, Tripp worked at KTOO in Juneau and the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa.