This film delves into the historical impact of logging on the community of Wrangell over the years. Once, the local mills provided employment opportunities and a steady income for its residents. However, with the closure of these mills, a significant portion of the population found themselves unemployed, revealing the profound economic and societal consequences of the logging industry’s fluctuations. In addition to its economic implications, the film also explores how logging has left its mark on the local environment, illustrating the complex interplay between the two.
This film was created at The Stories of the Land film and storytelling workshop in Wrangell, Alaska in the Spring of 2023. Stories of the Land included 7th and 8th grade students at Stikine Middle School. They worked to document and tell stories reflecting the long and varied relationships people have had with the land and water around Wrangell, on the traditional lands of the Shtax’héen Kwáan. This project was funded by KTOO through the Youth Cultural Heritage Program (AK State Council on the Arts and Rasmuson Foundation), Crossett Foundation and ASCA Workshop Grant.
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This video was filmed on Yup'ik/Cup'ik Land. Learn more about land acknowledgements at native-land.ca.