Articles written by Vivian Faith Prescott

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  • Gifts from past year provide a good start for this year

    Vivian Faith Prescott|Jan 31, 2024

    This time of year, we reflect on the past year and look forward to a new year. We look at these moments and events as gifts, mostly because time is a gift, relationships are gifts, being here in Southeast Alaska is a gift. But that doesn't mean life has been easy. Here in Wrangell, we've had a year of both tragedy and joy. Gift of Elders: My dad, aka Mickey of Mickey's Fish Camp, died in September. He would want you to know he's just "gone fishing." He was 83 years old, and his death was...

  • Harvesting beach plants can teach healthy lessons for life

    Vivian Faith Prescott|Jul 26, 2023

    We're harvesting goose tongue to dry for distribution to local elders. I'm also going to experiment with pickling it. Goose tongue is a beach plant called suktéitl' in the Lingít language, hlgit'ún t'áangal in Xaad Kíl, the Haida language, and its scientific name is Plantago maritima. It's known as sea-plantain and saltgrass. Goose tongue is found in Alaska, Arctic regions, Europe, Northwest Africa, parts of Asia and South America. There are four other subspecies of goose tongue found thro...

  • Seasonal 'postcards' tell stories of Southeast life and culture

    Vivian Faith Prescott and Vivian Mork Yeilk|Jun 14, 2023

    This is a good time to introduce you to a project we have been working on this past year. We received a fellowship with the National Folklife Network to introduce the world to our rainforest life. The initiative from the National Endowment for the Arts launched in spring of 2022. The goal was to bring together artists, community knowledge-keepers, cultural organizers and advocates committed to strengthening communities through sharing heritage arts, folklife and traditional practices. We were...