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Directed by Pat Race

Alaska 2017 8 mins. In English

Unangan artist Gert Svarny grew up in Unalaska until she was evacuated and interned during World War II. Since then, Svarny has returned to Unalaska, where she creates art with bone, ivory, baleen, wood, and stone.

Genres: Documentary



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.