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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.

Jeep to Joint: A Filipino-Hawaiian business in Alaska

5m 49s

Donna-Flor Manalo and her family’s life transformed when they moved from Hawaii to Alaska--cultivating new passions and businesses. With Alaska's abundance of opportunities and Donna Flor's love for Hawaiian and Filipino culture, her and her family established Jeepney Filipino-Hawaiian Fusion Food.

Episodes

  • Jeep to Joint: A Filipino-Hawaiian business in Alaska: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Jeep to Joint: A Filipino-Hawaiian business in Alaska

    S11 E13 - 5m 49s

    Donna-Flor Manalo and her family’s life transformed when they moved from Hawaii to Alaska--cultivating new passions and businesses. With Alaska's abundance of opportunities and Donna Flor's love for Hawaiian and Filipino culture, her and her family established Jeepney Filipino-Hawaiian Fusion Food.

  • From cupcakes to lactation cookies | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    From cupcakes to lactation cookies | INDIE ALASKA

    S11 E12 - 3m 7s

    It has been 8 years since Indie Alaska met with Kastle Sorensen, winner of Food Network's Cupcake Wars Season 9. We met with her again in 2022 and Kastle has lots of changes going on and new goodies to share...including lactation cookies!

  • Behind the bar in the last town in a national park: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Behind the bar in the last town in a national park

    S11 E11 - 6m 13s

    Michael G. is a black, queer, nonbinary bartender in the tiny, historic town of McCarthy, Alaska. The town has less than 200 people during the busy summer months. Located in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, it's the last community to exist inside a U.S. national park. Michael's dealt with loneliness, microaggressions, and direct homophobic attacks, but has now grown to love the town.

  • How a berry picker became a viral meme in Alaska: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How a berry picker became a viral meme in Alaska

    S11 E10 - 4m 40s

    Tank Hardrick recently became an internet sensation in an Alaska berry-picking Facebook group when his significant other snapped a meme-worthy photo of him picking blueberries. Indie Alaska features Hardrick's story of growing up in the racially divided South and his passion for foraging with his family in Alaska.

  • The skateboarder behind some of Anchorage's famous wall art

    S11 E9 - 4m 9s

    Since he was young, Ted Kim dedicated his life to skateboarding and making skateboarding movies - spending almost every day and night perfecting his craft. But at 25, a serious skateboarding injury left him feeling lost, and wondering if he would ever skate again. It was then he turned to art as a way of healing. From there, a new passion blossomed, inspiring him to work with murals.

  • The important role of water taxis in Alaska | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The important role of water taxis in Alaska | INDIE ALASKA

    S11 E8 - 3m 27s

    When a massive, unexpected landslide blocked the only road to Lowell Point, Tom Miller knew his water taxi service was the only way to move residents, school children, and tourists back and forth to the nearby town of Seward. With roughly 6,640 miles of coastline, water taxis are a vital part of the transportation and infrastructure in Alaska. In this episode of Indie Alaska, we hear Tom's story.

  • How kayaks (qayaqs) are rejuvenating Alaskan Sugpiaq culture: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How kayaks (qayaqs) are rejuvenating Alaskan Sugpiaq culture

    S11 E7 - 5m 3s

    Jonathon Sawden normally works in HR but sees the importance to tell the world that his people, the Sugpiaq (Sookh-pee-ahk), and other Native peoples are still here. Here, Jonathon and another young apprentice artist are working with a Master Kayak Builder to learn the techniques to build traditional boats and be the next generation to keep the craft and culture alive.

  • Will this Alaskan be the first U.S. Olympic breakdancer?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Will this Alaskan be the first U.S. Olympic breakdancer?

    S11 E6 - 3m 16s

    Bri “Snap1” Pritchard is a b-girl from Anchorage who has competed and won breaking competitions across the country. She dances with the crews, Flooristas and Elements of Rhythm, but she hopes to make it on the national team and represent Team USA at the 2024 Olympics in Paris. She’s doing all of this while balancing her career with the Alaska Army National Guard.

  • How Running Ultramarathons Saved Carol Seppilu's Life: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Running Ultramarathons Saved Carol Seppilu's Life

    S11 E5 - 7m 2s

    Carol Seppilu describes jogging with a tracheotomy as “trying to breathe through a straw while running.” She's even dealt with her trach freezing shut while running in the frigid winter temperatures in Nome, Alaska where she lives. She's learned to adapt to challenges like this since surviving a suicide attempt in 1999.

  • Alaska cartoonist draws his experience with Parkinson’s

    S11 E4 - 6m 45s

    Peter Dunlap-Shohl was living his lifelong dream, as an editorial cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News. But in 2002, when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he asked himself What else would he be losing besides his craft as an artist? his identity?

  • Crabbing beneath the Bering Sea Ice in Nome | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Crabbing beneath the Bering Sea Ice in Nome | INDIE ALASKA

    S11 E3 - 2m 53s

    Phillip Pryzmont hasn't been to a city in over 4 years. He spends his winters in Nome, Alaska cutting holes in the thick ice in the Norton Sound on the Bering Sea. Each of these holes contains a large crab pot that he regularly checks for Alaska Red King Crab to feed his family and sell to others.

  • I am an Alaska Native Healer | INDIE ALASKA: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    I am an Alaska Native Healer | INDIE ALASKA

    S11 E2 - 5m 3s

    Amelia Simeonoff has been working in traditional healing most of her adult life after taking mentorship with one of Alaska's most prominent Indigenous healers, Grandma Rita. Now she is using the practices of talking circles, drumming, and crafting to help Alaskans heal from trauma, and mental health challenges.

    This episode was made possible in part by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

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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