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Indie Alaska

INDIE ALASKA is an original video series produced by Alaska Public Media in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. The weekly videos will capture the diverse and colorful lifestyles of everyday Alaskans at work and at play. Together, these videos will present a fresh and authentic look at living in Alaska. Music by Starship Amazing.

A day in the life of a Russian pianist | INDIE ALASKA

5m 11s

Russia has a long history in Alaska since the fur trades. One notable member of the Russian Orthodox community in Anchorage is professional pianist, Margarita Merkusheva. Since moving to Alaska from Vladivostok 20 years ago, she's continued to advance her musical career by writing custom music for the Alaska Dance Theatre and giving piano lessons to dozens of families in the Russian community.

Episodes

  • A day in the life of a Russian pianist | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A day in the life of a Russian pianist | INDIE ALASKA

    S10 E9 - 5m 11s

    Russia has a long history in Alaska since the fur trades. One notable member of the Russian Orthodox community in Anchorage is professional pianist, Margarita Merkusheva. Since moving to Alaska from Vladivostok 20 years ago, she's continued to advance her musical career by writing custom music for the Alaska Dance Theatre and giving piano lessons to dozens of families in the Russian community.

  • The Karelian Bear Dog: Protecting people and bears: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Karelian Bear Dog: Protecting people and bears

    S10 E8 - 4m 11s

    Alaskans are used to seeing bears in their neighborhoods. Nils Pedersen and his Karelian Bear Dogs, Soledad, Rio, and Mardy work together to reduce human-bear conflict in Alaska. Nils is the Director of the Wind River Bear Institute, which was founded to provide innovative, non-lethal solutions to complex human-wildlife conflict issues.

  • Speed riding: Extreme skiing in the sky | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Speed riding: Extreme skiing in the sky | INDIE ALASKA

    S10 E7 - 6m 44s

    Josh Randich lives a pretty quintessentially Alaska lifestyle. Grind in the summer and play in the winter. And the sport occupying most of his winters these days is speed riding. While the sport has most of its popularity in Europe, it's still relatively new in the U.S. But now, due largely to Josh's influence, the sport is growing in the Last Frontier.

  • John's Home Studio: Alaska's Most Underground Music Venue

    S10 E6 - 4m 2s

    John Larson always had a dream to have his own recording studio, and to work with the vibrant music scene in Alaska.

    When COVID-19 hit in 2020, restrictions for music venues left Musicians no where to perform. John saw this as an opportunity to turn his home studio into a livestream internet show every Friday Showcasing Alaskan musicians.

  • Could Seaweed Help Save the Planet? | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Could Seaweed Help Save the Planet? | INDIE ALASKA

    S10 E5 - 6m 52s

    Seaweed and kelp is a billion-dollar industry — one that has the potential to help alleviate the pressures of climate change. Currently, the biggest players in the kelp industry are out of Asia, but Seagrove Kelp Co. in Craig, Alaska is trying to prove that the Last Frontier could be a global seaweed competitor.

  • What is ski biking? And why is it so fun?! | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What is ski biking? And why is it so fun?! | INDIE ALASKA

    S10 E4 - 4m 31s

    Ski bikes are becoming more common at ski resorts across Europe and in some parts of the U.S., but Claudine Haynes is on a mission to bring it to Alaska. Inspired by her love of the easy-to-learn sport, she is building her own ski bikes and even inviting strangers to her house in Eagle River, AK to try it out themselves.

  • Beaded flowers and birds are a cultural link for this artist: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Beaded flowers and birds are a cultural link for this artist

    S10 E3 - 4m 50s

    Angela Łot'oydaatlno Gonzalez is a Koyukon Athabascan woman who learned traditional beading as a child. But with the hustle and bustle of adulthood, she lost touch with some of her Alaska Native cultural traditions. When she finally had the chance to start beading again she was reminded of its powerful cultural connection.

  • Where are they now? 100 Stone Project | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Where are they now? 100 Stone Project | INDIE ALASKA

    S10 E2 - 2m 14s

    Five years ago, INDIE ALASKA featured Sarah Davie's 100 Stone project, a massive sculpture installation in Anchorage that was used to shed light on individuals dealing with depression and suicide. We caught up with Sarah to see what the 100 Stone project meant to her and what she's working on now.

Extras + Features

  • Seward's Sweet Darlings: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Seward's Sweet Darlings

    S8 E12 - 4m 25s

    Sugar and candy were in Hugh Darling’s blood. His grandmother, Emma Jean, owned and operated the first candy store in Seward, Alaska in 1908. Hugh believed that one day he would go on to run the family business. In 1997, Hugh and his wife Iris opened Sweet Darlings and quickly became one of Seward's most popular tourist spots.

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