Stories

6/Mar/2024

Aysanabee

Q&A

Indigenous Identity Through Music: A Q&A With Oji-Cree Artist Aysanabee

Aysanabee is a versatile musician, producer, and singer-songwriter residing in Toronto. Hailing from the Oji-Cree background, specifically belonging to the Sucker Clan of the Sandy Lake First Nation, located in the remote fly-in community nestled in the far reaches of Northwestern Ontario. Music often serves as a powerful form of cultural expression. How does your … Read More Indigenous Identity Through Music: A Q&A With Oji-Cree Artist Aysanabee

5/Mar/2024

Britt'Nee Brower

2024 Ivalu Gala Indigenous Fashion Show

A Journey Through Fashion and Culture: Q&A With Iñupiaq Artist Britt’Nee Brower

On February 25, 2024 the eighth annual Ivalu Gala benefiting Arctic Education Foundation was held at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Guests from across the state gathered to celebrate what has become one of the most anticipated events of the year. The Gala held an Indigenous Fashion Show curated by Britt’Nee Brower. Where does … Read More A Journey Through Fashion and Culture: Q&A With Iñupiaq Artist Britt’Nee Brower

29/Jan/2024

Alice Qannik Glenn

True Detective: Official Companion Podcast

Inupiaq Podcaster Alice Glenn Reflects on Transformative Journey from Coffee & Quaq to the True Detective Companion Podcast

In honor of the new Max series True Detective: Night Country, we spoke with the series’ Companion Podcast host Alice Q Glenn. She also hosts the Coffee & Quaq podcast and is part of the multimedia collaborative experience: Native Time. She grew up in x and looks to the future. When did you first start … Read More Inupiaq Podcaster Alice Glenn Reflects on Transformative Journey from Coffee & Quaq to the True Detective Companion Podcast

24/Nov/2023

Arias Hoyle

Indigenous Heritage Day

Juneau artist Air Jazz Reflects on Indigenous Heritage Day

Native American Heritage Month is an essential time for artists such as myself. Weeks dedicated to spreading Indigeneity around the world gives us a feeling of oneness with planet Earth. As a Tlingit, it feels as though my ancestors are speaking through me with language and song so that I can sonically manifest them. I … Read More Juneau artist Air Jazz Reflects on Indigenous Heritage Day

9/Oct/2023

Ermelina Gonzalez

Step Aside Malibu Barbie, Make Room for The Indigenous Barbie

Indigenous Barbie Q&A: A Celebration of Alaska Native Heritage

Creating alongside her Mother, Angela Gonzalez, the two have gone viral on TikTok for their Indigenous Barbie creations, specifically the “Fish Camp Barbie,” which has garnered over 100,000 views on TikTok. Ermelina Gonzalez spoke with the RIVR and revealed more details behind the creations: My name is Ermelina Gonzalez, my Denaakk’e name is K’ete ts’aayedaalno. … Read More Indigenous Barbie Q&A: A Celebration of Alaska Native Heritage

9/Oct/2023

Indigenous Peoples Day 2022: A Reflection

Rochelle Adams

Indigenous Peoples Day: A Year in Reflection

In 2022, we asked prominent Indigenous community member Rochelle Adams to reflect on Indigenous Peoples Day. Check out her responses from a year ago and see if they resonate with how you feel on Indigenous Peoples Day in 2023. “This year Indigenous Peoples Day was Monday, October 10th, 2022. After being apart since 2019 due to the … Read More Indigenous Peoples Day: A Year in Reflection

18/Aug/2023

The Storyteller Pop Up

The Gathering Place Stage, Alaska State Fair Grounds

The Storyteller Pop-Up events at the Alaska State Fair!

Join us for the third annual pop-up event for the Storyteller multimedia series at the Alaska State Fair Gathering Place Stage! In partnership with the Alaska Native Heritage Center and CIRI, we’re excited to have you join us for two weekends of Alaska Native Storytelling and live music. All in-person attendees for both weekends will … Read More The Storyteller Pop-Up events at the Alaska State Fair!

3/Jan/2023

K̲aachgóon Rochelle Smallwood

Tlingit Artist K̲aachgóon Rochelle Smallwood Reflects on the Holiday Season From an Indigenous Perspective

K̲aachgóon Rochelle Smallwood (@Tlingit.Witch) recently reflected with Rising Indigenous Voices Radio on the recent 2022 holiday season, the importance of shopping Indigenous-owned brands year round. How important are the holidays to you? When I was gifted my second Lingít name, K̲aachgóon, I took on her personality. She was my great-great-grandmother who was alive when I … Read More Tlingit Artist K̲aachgóon Rochelle Smallwood Reflects on the Holiday Season From an Indigenous Perspective

29/Aug/2022

The Storyteller pop-up Event

The Alaska State Fair 2022

The Storyteller at the Alaska State Fair 2022

The RIVR organized a Storytelling Pop-Up event during the weekend of 8/29 at the 2022 Alaska State Fair. This second annual gathering took place at the Gathering Place stage and was hosted by Ralph Sara, also known as Anonymous Eskimo. The event featured a captivating live performance by Inupiaq artist Byron Nicholai.