While in Alaska.

Place is a proposal. It is mythologized, theoretical, and circumscribed. It can propose a space for being in between. Multiplicities can continually propose revised frameworks for a place.


Through stories, through an accumulated and continually interpreted histories, presents and futures. Through layered networks of political and corporate collusion. A place is both learned through resistance and acted upon.


It is near impossible to attempt a distinction between center and periphery.


Through solidarity, through loss and longing, a place is active with energy and agency.


Place spoke to us about the past


about ritual


and even magic


I was invited to go to Alaska on a preliminary research trip with the Anchorage Museum. I attended the “Week of the Arctic” a series of public engagements through arctic Alaska organized by the Institute of the North.


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