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The Hobbit Hole: An Oral History

Inian welcomes guest writer Regina Kong, Stanford undergraduate student intern of 2019. Regina was tasked with recording an oral history of the “Hobbit Hole.” The “Hobbit Hole” is an affectionate name used to describe the 5-acre parcel upon which Inian Islands Institute makes its home. 

The summer I spent at the Hobbit Hole feels as if it were a dream. The previous December, I emailed Zach asking if he needed an intern. I was halfway through my freshman year and beginning to think deeply about what a true education meant and what forms of wisdom could be attained outside of the traditional classroom—questions that I discovered resonated with Inian’s own mission. I hold a life-long love for storytelling, and Zach proposed that I work on an oral history of the Hobbit Hole, something Inian had wanted to do for a while. At Stanford, I had worked with audio narratives but never oral histories. This project, in weaving together themes of history, ecology, anthropology, and above all human connection, seemed absolutely made for me. Read more

The Start of an Adventure

When I found out that I would be spending my summer at Inian Islands Institute as an intern, I was not at all sure what to expect.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Hobbit Hole.  Our mission is to provide access to the stunning wilderness of Southeastern Alaska for researchers to study the deep ecological connections between themselves and their environment.

Our Mission

The team behind Inian Islands Institute is building an ecological field-camp unlike any other.  Students travel to the stunning wilderness of Southeast Alaska to gain first-hand experience assessing human-environment impacts and interactions.

The Inian Team

Inian Islands Institute is the brainchild of four Stanford University Earth Sciences students seeking to create a field research experience unlike any other. Today, Inian is led by a diverse group from Alaska and beyond.

Welcome

Welcome to the Hobbit Hole.  Our mission is to provide access to the stunning wilderness of Southeastern Alaska for researchers to study the deep ecological connections between themselves and their environment.

 

 

 

 

Our Mission

The team behind Inian Islands Institute is building an ecological field-camp unlike any other.  Students travel to the stunning wilderness of Southeast Alaska to gain first-hand experience assessing human-environment impacts and interactions.

The Inian Team

Inian Islands Institute is the brainchild of four Stanford University Earth Sciences students seeking to create a field research experience unlike any other. Today, Inian is led by a diverse group from Alaska and beyond.