A documentary that features Alaska Native students making their way through college at the University of Alaska will premiere Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the Egan Lecture Hall on the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus. The film showing will be followed by a videotaped panel discussion with students.
The documentary is part of the Alaska College Track series, a project begun in 2004, that traces the challenges faced by some Alaska Native students as they balance cultural obligations with work and school. The series follows several rural Alaska Native students on their path toward graduation, including Ralph and Gloria Wolfe of Yakutat and Hydaburg residents Ben and Marita Young, and documents how different a university education can be when a student is also struggling to preserve and rebuild a culture.
Yakutat resident Amanda Bremner Porter has been featured in all three installments of the College Track series, in 2004, 2007 and 2013. In 2011, she received a Bachelor’s degree from UAS in liberal arts with an emphasis in English and minor in social science and Tlingit.
Porter spent half her college career in Yakutat taking e-learning courses. She received a temporary teaching certificate from the State of Alaska, which allowed her to teach Tlingit language and culture studies at the secondary level at the Yakutat High School.
Alaska College Track 3 is produced by Lucid Reverie in association with The University of Alaska Southeast with funding from First National Bank Alaska.
Part of the Sound and Motion series, the film and panel discussion will run on Alaska Public Television in April.