Indigenous oratory and artistic expression have transformative power

Together, they are the soul of Indigenous sovereignty.

Aywaa (pronounced “eye-wah”) means north and is the root word for the north wind in the Yupik language. For many Indigenous cultures, the north wind is known to create favorable hunting conditions and is also known to help people find their way home. Much like the north wind itself, this site is designed to highlight and share stories of resilience, opportunity, and reclamation that stem from exercising cultural values.

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Artists capture the motivational content of who we are and allow us to better understand what we value in ourselves, in others, and in the world.

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