AKNOS 2012: Laura Orenga de Gaffory of Kotzebue, commemorative narration of Laura Bergt, her grandmother

2012-06-19 by

The Alaska Native Oratory Society celebrated its 10th anniversary with a an opportunity for orators to share spoken word, rap, poetry, humor, storytelling and commemorative narration. The theme for 2012 was “Bravely Facing The Issues: Celebrating Oratory in the 21st Century.”

This segment presents Laura Orenga de Gaffory of Kotzebue giving a commemmorative narration. Her talk is, “In the Words of my Grandmother: Public Statement by Laura Bergt in October 1969 prior to the passage of ANCSA.”

This podcast was recorded on April 14, 2012.

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Alaska Native Oratory Society
Maria Williams
Director, Alaska Native Studies Program, coordinator for AKNOS

Artist Michael Conti previews his June 21 Solstice exhibit at the UAA Student Union Gallery

2012-06-19 by

Photographer Michael Conti plans to focus thinking about the winter and summer solstice by creating a camera obscura within the gallery. He’s found a way to represent or mingle the images and sounds of a winter solstice with those of a summer solstice. He’s interviewed here by Kathleen McCoy, recorded June 18, 2012. Parts of his conversation with time frames are listed below.

  • What is a camera obscura (:52)

  • Why Solstice? (5:55)

  • Will you have sound during the show? (10:50)

  • Will the gallery be in the dark? (11:34)

  • The creative process—figuring it out as you go along. Is that comfortable for you? (13:02)

  • The show’s invitational postcard is an eye-catching brilliant yellow and orange sunset. Tell us about that. (15:31)

  • What to think about when you come to the show (19:11)

The exhibit will be up from June 21-July 12. Summer gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Parking is always free in campus parking lots on Fridays. For more information, email the Student Union Gallery at gallery@uaa.alaska.edu.

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Camera obscura, explained
Green & Gold News
Michael Conti
Bio page, UAA Department of Art