IMG_0058Aglaun cover photographs by Moema Umann.

Letter from the Editor

For Aglaun’s spring 2016 issue, our goal was to include only contributors currently living in the North Slope. To achieve our goal, we opened our search to authors and photographers currently in kindergarten, middle school, or high school, as well as adults in the area. As submissions began to arrive, we noticed how many demonstrated important Iñupiaq values – a focus of every Aglaun issue.

For instance, “My Savior” represents the importance of spirituality, “Family and Friends” focuses on family and kinship, “Ripped Jeans” demonstrates the value of sharing and compassion, “Sandy” expresses a love and respect of elders, and several submissions stress the importance of hunting traditions and respect for nature, including “Eskimo Power at Play,” “Seventeen Hours on the Tundra,” and “Native Alaskan Diet and Health.”

We are pleased to present voices from the area that range widely in age and tone. With that in mind, we strived to edit these submissions as little as possible to maintain the authors’ authentic narrative voices and styles.

We hope you enjoy reading this varied selection of work from your fellow Alaskan citizens. Many thanks to Jillian Felder, Moema Umann, and Myrna Loy Sarren for their help gathering and editing submissions and designing this issue of Aglaun, thank you to former managing editor Caitlin Walls for her guidance, and many thanks to Iḷisaġvik College for its continued support of the journal.

Please don’t forget to vote for your favorite published piece in the Readers’ Choice Award.


Paul Douglas McNeill II