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Photo of a local harvesting eggs.  Link to interviews with Alaska Native Elders.  Photo Credit: USFWS

 

 

Climate Change in Alaska - in their own words
Interviews with Alaska Native Elders

Alaska’s Native people live in an intimate relationship with the land, share traditional knowledge spanning centuries, and are experiencing the effects of climate change directly and severely. The cultural identity of Alaska Natives and rural residents is closely tied to their environment and subsistence harvest continues to provide a large portion of the food consumed in many of Alaska’s communities. This subsistence lifestyle is dependent upon the continued health of Alaska’s ecosystems and natural communities. Important subsistence resources include marine mammals, caribou, fish, waterfowl, and moose, and climate change is already affecting access to some of these species. Click on map below to hear about some of the climate-related changes to culture and lifestyle already being experienced by Alaska's Native community.

new map Inverview with Christina Westlake, Inupiaq - Kiana Interview with Paul Williams, Sr., Athabascan - Beaver Interview with Bob Sam, Tlingit - Sitka Interview with Larry Merculieff, Aleut - St. Paul Island Interview with Jon Dyasuk, Yupik - Dillingham

Christina Westlake, Inupiaq - Kiana
Paul Williams, Sr., Athabascan - Beaver
Larry Merculieff, Aleut - St. Paul Island
Jon Dyasuk, Yupik - Dillingham
Bob Sam, Tlingit - Sitka

Interview with Christina in Kiana Interview with Paul in Beaver Interview with Larry in Saint Paul Interview with Bob in Sitka Interview with Jon in Dillingham

Last updated: June 22, 2011
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