Inian welcomes guest writer Peter Forbes, co-founder of the Center for Whole Communities in Vermont and Vice President of Inian Islands Institute’s Board of Directors. This post chronicles Inian’s Work Party, 2016.
3 people on their bellies hauling rock and sediment, 4 people replacing a rotten beam under a hundred-year-old shop, 6 people building a round deck in the pouring rain, 2 people struggling material up from shore, 3 people weeding an overgrown garden, 3 people cooking gorgeous food: work. We can’t underestimate the power of this work.
“Are you all from Inian Islands Institute?” A tall, smiling man approached and extended his hand. “I’m Jeff Skaflestad.”
“Jeff!” my companions exclaimed, shunning his handshake for a hug. We had just touched down in Hoonah, the nearest native village of the Tlingit people, who have lived in what would come to be called Southeast Alaska for thousands of years. Our charter flight from Gustavus only took about 20 minutes, flying across Icy Strait from the mainland to Chichagof Island. Read more
Inian Islands Institute was featured on Indie Alaska! Let this breathtaking video, created by Hanna Craig, take you on a journey through our story, from our origins through the bright spark of our future.