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Story49: Lisa Lynch

Woman stands in Nome street, smiling, wearing traditional Alaska Native clothing handed down through her family.

Lisa Lynch was crowned Miss Arctic Native Brotherhood in the summer. Although she grew up in Alaska, she now studies classics in Europe. Listen to hear how Lisa went from herding reindeer to sharing her culture in Rome.

Story49: Delbert Pungowiyi

Delbert Pungowiyi sits with a cup of coffee in the IRA office in Savoonga.

When Delbert Pungowiyi was a young man in Savoonga, they had “nine months of winter.” This year, ice barely reached the island. In this two-part series, Delbert shares his memories of growing up on St. Lawrence Island and how he became a fierce voice for his community in a time of great change.

Story49: The Kobuk Comes to Ambler

Kobuk 440 champion Nicolas Petit tries on a pair of fur mittens sewn by Myra Yupikson.

The village of Ambler, 45 miles above the Arctic Circle, is the main stop on the Kobuk 440 dogsled race. Volunteers at the checkpoint say it takes the whole village to make it happen.

Story49: Esther in Kotlik

Esther Andrews in her Kotlik home.

Esther Andrews lives in Kotlik now, but she grew up around the Y-K Delta and worked at the St. Michael school for over 20 years. This month on Story49, hear her story.

Story49: Two Tales From the Trail

Wearing the same winter gear as when she ran the race, Kirsten Bey stands on stage at the Nome Elementary School to recount her experience of running the Yukon Quest.

In Western Alaska, it’s not just winter, it’s mushing season. Kirsten Bey and Rick Anderson told their stories from the trail live at the Nome Arts Council’s annual event, Tales From Around the Woodstove.