Dear Reader,

The practice of writing is traditionally foreign to Alaska; while each region had a different timeline and a different experience with Western colonization, as a whole, practice of writing was introduced to the state in the last century or so.

For this reason, and many others that can be found within the pages of Nalliq, you find more people writing about Alaska Native peoples than Alaska Natives writing about ourselves. (Also, humility).

But what this creates is a vacuum of space for others to tell our stories for us, and to write about us.

And so, given the medium, given the opportunity, and given the desire to share our own stories and promote the perspectives of Alaska from the indigenous perspective…why not?

We are all on this journey together, hence calling this collection of stories, insights and perspectives nalliq, which means “to travel side by side.”

To Traveling Side by Side,


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