Coffee & Quaq

Coffee & Quaq

Coffee & Quaq is a podcast to celebrate and explore contemporary Native life in urban Alaska.

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September 15, 2021 17 min
This episode features Jenilee Donovan a basketball and volleyball star, hunter, and the youngest person to strike a whale in Utqiagvik last Fall. She shares about her family whaling crew, the importance of subsistence whaling to her community, and her advice for the next generation. This is her story.
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This episode features Katlyn Smith who is Miss Teen Arctic Circle 2021 with big dreams hailing from Kotzebue and Nome, Alaska. She shares her love for the land and the ocean, her journey to Miss Teen Arctic Circle, and finding her voice to speak up on issues Native youth face today. This is her story.
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September 1, 2021 22 min
This episode features Kahayla Green a thoughtful rising sophomore and Yup'ik Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program Acceleration student living in Anchorage, AK. She shares her thoughts on coming to understand her identity as a Native person living in the city, her concerns for youth homelessness, and leaves us with a few words of wisdom for anyone struggling with disconnection from their culture. This is her story.
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TEASER: Welcome to Village City - A lifestyle campaign connecting rural and urban youth across the state of Alaska brought to you by Native Time in partnership with the Alaska Humanities Forum. Native Time is now and Village City is right here. This episode features Ezra Elisoff, a proud Tlingit athlete and World Eskimo Indian Olympics champion from Juneau, AK. This is his story. Full episode available Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021.
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TEASER: Welcome to Village City - A lifestyle campaign connecting rural and urban youth across the state of Alaska brought to you by Native Time in partnership with the Alaska Humanities Forum. Native Time is now and Village City is right here. This episode features Jenilee Donovan a basketball star, hunter, and the youngest person to strike a whale in Utqiagvik last Fall. This is her story. Full episode available Wednesday, Sept. ...
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TEASER: Welcome to Village City - A lifestyle campaign connecting rural and urban youth across the state of Alaska brought to you by Native Time in partnership with the Alaska Humanities Forum. Native Time is now and Village City is right here. This episode features Katlyn Smith who is Miss Teen Arctic Circle 2021 with big dreams hailing from Kotzebue and Nome, Alaska. This is her story. Full episode available Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2...
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TEASER: Welcome to Village City - A lifestyle campaign connecting rural and urban youth across the state of Alaska brought to you by Native Time in partnership with the Alaska Humanities Forum. Native Time is now and Village City is right here. This episode teaser features Kahayla Green, a thoughtful rising sophomore and Yup'ik AK Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) student living in Anchorage, AK. This is her stor...
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this years' theme is "You are not alone." This episode features the North Slope Borough Health Department team: Muriel Katuk Brower, Katrina Watson, Mariah Utuga, Daniel Thomas, Ruby Donovan, and Mariam Valanzuela. The NSB Health Dept team is located in Utqiagvik, AK and we all gathered to have a discussion about Mental Health Awareness.
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March 26, 2021 59 min
This episode features Jené Thompson, a 29-year-old Alaska Native woman who is on a journey of healing and sobriety. She grew up between Utqiaġvik and Fairbanks and is now living in Anchorage, where she works full-time in the Alaska Army National Guard. She is in love with life and all things healthy living. This episode is sponsored by Recover Alaska which is a multi-sector action group pursuing a solutions-based approach to reduc...
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Alaska Natives on the Frontline is a special series of Coffee & Quaq highlighting the adaptability and resilience of the Inupiat in the face of climate change, done in partnership with journalist Jenna Kunze. We travelled up to Utqiagvik early last year in 2020, at the peak of winter when the sun had just returned back to the Arctic after polar night and interviewed residents about the various aspects of how Inupiat life has ch...
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This episode features Iñupiaq Studies professor Jerica Niayuq Aamodt and Iñupiaq studies coordinator Katie Qaggun Roseberry from Iḷisaġvik College. Iḷisaġvik translates to a place to learn. Operated by the North Slope Borough, it is the only tribal college in Alaska and is the northernmost accredited community college in the United States. Alaska Natives on the Frontline is a special series of Coffee & Quaq highlighting the ada...
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November 29, 2020 59 min
This episode explores the idea of beauty and what it means to reclaim and revitalize our Inuit standards of beauty, featuring tattoo artist Paninnguaq Lind-Jensen and filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril.
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This episode features brothers Jack and Brower Frantz, Iñupiaq hunters and whalers born raised in Utqiaġvik, Alaska. AK Natives on the Front Line is a special series of Coffee & Quaq highlighting the adaptability and resilience of the Iñupiat in the face of climate change, a project funded by the Putlizer Center Connected Coastlines program, done in partnership with journalist Jenna Kunze. We travelled up to Utqiaġvik earlier t...
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November 3, 2020 64 min
This episode was originally broadcasted on KBRW 680 AM/FM programming on Thursday October 29, 2020 and features Alaska House District 40 candidates Elizabeth Ferguson and Josiah Patkotak, sponsored by The Arctic Sounder and Coffee & Quaq. Remember to get out the Native Vote on Tuesday November 3rd!
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August 27, 2020 44 min
Resolve is part of an ongoing series about Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women in Alaska created in partnership with Affinity Films, a non-profit media organization based in Anchorage, Alaska. This episode features Tara Katuk Sweeney, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Department of the Interior, designee for the Secretary of the Interior and Jean (Jeannie) Hovland, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Affairs and...
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This episode explores how the unique water and sewer infrastructure operates in an Arctic environment like Utqiagvik, Alaska and how permafrost thaw and coastal erosion are affecting these systems. Alaska Natives on the Frontline is a special series of Coffee & Quaq highlighting the adaptability and resilience of the Inupiat in the face of climate change a project funded by the Putlizer Center Connected Coastlines program, done...
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August 9, 2020 55 min
Resolve is part of an ongoing series about Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women in Alaska created in partnership with Affinity Films, a non-profit media organization based in Anchorage, Alaska. This episode features Britney Baier sharing her story about sex trafficking in Alaska.
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This episode features Dr. Sven Haakanson and was initially recorded for a film documentary titled “The Forgotten Slavery of Our Ancestors” that focuses on the enslavement of Indigenous peoples in what is now known as the United States. It was a project funded by a grant from the Southern Poverty Law Center through the Teaching Tolerance program and it was created in partnership with See Stories and Channel Films. "The Forgotten...
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June 16, 2020 36 min
Resolve is part of an ongoing series about Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women in Alaska created in partnership with Affinity Films, a non-profit media organization based in Anchorage, Alaska. This episode features Amos Lane sharing his story about the brutal rape and murder of his mother Harriet Lane in Point Hope, AK.
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To explore the issues surrounding Alaska Native men's health and wellness, we interview Haida/Tłingit basketball star turned community health advocate Damen Nanggaahlaangstangs Bell-Holter (Part 1) and health worker and local musician Tyler "2essentialz" Young (Part 2).
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