Crow is certainly one of three Alaska Native college students — together with Kaylee King and Ethan Lincoln — who made a podcast about their hunting tradition. The scholars are from completely different cities, however met as interns at NPR’s member station WUKY of their senior 12 months of highschool. Proper earlier than they graduated final spring, their podcast was chosen as a finalist on this 12 months’s NPR Pupil Podcast Problem.
The three college students say searching helped them get via the isolation of the pandemic, when their faculties and plenty of different actions, like sports activities, have been shut down due to COVID-19.
Within the podcast, Crow went searching along with his 17-year-old brother, Peter, however typically the entire household goes, together with his father and grandmother. King and Lincoln — who’re cousins — additionally go searching with their households.
“These days, you see everyone exit and hunt. Dads will take their daughters,” says Crow. “It does not actually matter what your gender is.”
COVID-19 didn’t hit Bethel till August of 2020 — when folks began to journey to and from different cities. The virus shortly unfold, closing faculties via March of this 12 months. In the meantime, King’s village of about 250 folks managed to make it via with only a few instances, and he or she was allowed to complete out highschool in individual; she was the one graduating senior in her city this 12 months.
The scholars clarify that, as time goes by, fewer and fewer persons are training subsistence searching. King, particularly, feels a stress to maintain the traditions alive.
“It makes me actually unhappy as a result of the best way we used to do issues is so completely different from how we do them now,” King says. “Even our language [Cup’ig] is slowly fading away.”