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A prominent Southeast Alaska cultural leader says a Yale University museum that has held onto a pair of Tlingit carvings taken from Cape Fox more than a century ago should voluntarily return the items instead of waiting for tribal officials to make a formal request.

Alex DeMarban
Joel Isaak's love for working with live materials comes from a desire to pursue the historical materials and processes used by his Athabascan ancestors. But Isaak credits the European part of his heritage for the realization of art’s power to express emotion and to communicate.Shehla Anjum | First Alaskans

Artist Joel Isaak finds inspiration for his fish skin designs in his Alaska Native and European heritage.

Shehla Anjum | First Alaskans
Quillwork was a popular style for decorating Athabascan garments until Europeans introduced glass beads in the mid-1800s. Now, two Athabascan artists and an art conservator are recreating the ancient art of quillwork.Shehla Anjum | First Alaskans

Quillwork was a popular style for decorating Athabascan garments until Europeans introduced glass beads in the mid-1800s. Now, two Athabascan artists and an art conservator are recreating the ancient art of quillwork.

Shehla Anjum | First Alaskans

Savoonga artist Jason Iya carves "transformation art" inspired by the carvings of his prehistoric ancestors.

Tara Young

Girdwood glass blower Darby Andrews sees clear opportunities with the possibility of a recreational marijuana industry in Alaska and sheds light on the state's "don't ask, don't tell" attitude towards the drug.

Tara Young
Girdwood glass blower Darby Andrews is just starting to imagine what it could mean for his business if marijuana is legalized in Alaska, ending the state's "don't ask, don't tell" attitude towards the drug.Megan Edge

Each year the World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska, uses tons of ice to create breathtaking works of art. A clever Fairbanks filmmaker, Eric Muehling, recorded the process from the point of view of the ice.

Tara Young
Masks represent physical manifestations of the stories that preserve and perpetuate Alaska Native cultures in this month's featured exhibit at Alaska Native Arts Foundation.Trina Landlord

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Hassle over $10,000 highlights need for more Alaska budget transparency

In the waning hours of the 2014 legislative session Alaska lawmakers introduced, then reduced, then ultimately eliminated a budget item that would have put up money to "influence the outcome" of a ballot initiative vote. It was the right thing to do, though it highlighted the need for a more transparent budget process.Dermot Cole