Alaskans Connection to the Mountains

This film features interviews with the residents of Juneau, shedding light on their diverse and personal connections with the surrounding mountains and how these majestic peaks impact their lives. From the utilization of natural resources to the joy of recreational activities. As we delve into these narratives, it becomes evident that each individual forges a unique and intimate bond with the mountains that surround Juneau. 

Exploring Community and Place through Media Arts took place in the Spring of 2023 at Montessori Borealis Middle School in Juneau on the ancestral homeland of the Áak’w Kwáan and T’aaku Kwáan. Approximately thirty 7th to 8th grade students created films. Students reflected on the prompt of “What makes the Juneau community unique?” and explored topics ranging from important historical events of years’ past to community events taking place today. During this workshop students had the unique opportunity to work with archivists at the Alaska State Museum to find primary sources to better tell the stories they were investigating.

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Land Acknowledgement

This video was filmed on Tlingit Land. Learn more about land acknowledgements at