Alisha Drabek, PhD, is an Alutiiq language advocate, writer, and artist living on Kodiak Island, Alaska. She is co-author of Red Cedar of Afognak: A Driftwood’s Journey, a children’s book about an Alaska Native community’s history of survival from tsunamis based on stories from Alutiiq Elder John Pestrikoff and driftwood research by archaeobotanist Dr. Karen Adams of Crow Canyon Research Institute. The book won the American Book Award and the Honoring Alaska’s Indigenous Literature Award. Alisha has contributed to numerous community and online resources including: AlutiiqEducation.org, AlutiiqLanguage.org, and the Native Village of Afognak’s Heritage Education Programming and the Dig Afognak Camp.
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
- Echoes from My Kodiak Alutiiq Ancestors
A response to “What kind of ancestor do you want to be?”
Find educational resources for learning about Kodiak Alutiiq culture.
Learn the Alutiiq language with e-books, songs, and other language-learning resources.
- Native Village of Afognak’s Heritage Education Programming and the Dig Afognak Camp
Find education resources for Afognak Village history, and the Dig Afognak
cultural camp on Afognak Island.
- Video: Keep Talking
Watch the trailer for the film Keep Talking, the story of the women and Elders who are working for Kodiak Alutiiq language revitalization.