While in Alaska.

Place is a proposal. It is mythologized, theoretical, and circumscribed. It can propose a space for being in between. Multiplicities can continually propose revised frameworks for a place.

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Through stories, through an accumulated and continually interpreted histories, presents and futures. Through layered networks of political and corporate collusion. A place is both learned through resistance and acted upon.

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It is near impossible to attempt a distinction between center and periphery.

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Through solidarity, through loss and longing, a place is active with energy and agency.

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Place spoke to us about the past

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about ritual

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and even magic

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I was invited to go to Alaska on a preliminary research trip with the Anchorage Museum. I attended the “Week of the Arctic” a series of public engagements through arctic Alaska organized by the Institute of the North.