Curator of Film, Professor of English, Emeritus
UA Museum of the North, Mus 042
Throughout my career, I have been primarily concerned with issues of cultural representation in film, communicating across cultural boundaries and the role that documentary film can play in eliminating stereotypes and credibly translating one culture to the other.
I am Curator of Film, Emeritus, at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. I received my training at the London Film School and earned my MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I have made more than a dozen films about Alaska Native cultures and Indigenous issues, and pioneered a community – collaborative approach to producing ethnographic films that is the foundation of all my work.
My film, Uksuum Cauyai: the Drums of Winter, about Yup’ik traditional music and dance, was named to the National Film Registry of the US Library of Congress in 2006, joining the LOC’s exclusive list of the most important American films to be preserved for the future.
I was a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø, for the 2018-19 academic year, where I mentored students in ethnographic filmmaking and visual anthropology.
M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Alaska Fairbanks