Aglaun cover photograph by Moema Umann.

Letter from the Editor

Aglaun is determined to include only contributors currently living, studying, or working in the North Slope of Alaska. To achieve our goal, we are now accepting submissions year-round and publishing Aglaun in the fall rather than the spring. We hope these changes will allow authors, artists, craftspeople, and photographers of all ages to submit their works.

Each issue of Aglaun focuses on Iñupiaq cultural values, and each work featured stresses at least one Iñupiaq cultural value – some directly and overtly and others indirectly. As one of my students recently observed, “Iñupiaq cultural values are universal values. Deep down, they are core human values. They are relevant everywhere.” We try to keep this idea in mind as we select work for Aglaun, and even though our contributors, their works, the topics discussed, and the ideas expressed are distinct and diverse, Iñupiaq cultural values can be found at the heart of them all.

As always, we are pleased to present contributors of all ages and backgrounds, and we edit our 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 Alaskans.

Many thanks to 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. Also, big thanks to Naomi Aaġlu Ahsoak, Fannie Akpik, Jerica Aamodt, and Florence M. Ningeok for providing the Iñupiaq language resources sprinkled throughout this issue.

Please don’t forget to log on to http://aglaun.org and vote for your favorite published piece for the Readers’ Choice Award.


Paul Douglas McNeill II