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Tied to the Land: Voices of Northwest Alaska- Episode- GROCERY STORE OF OUR PEOPLE

Rural subsistence communities of the Northwest Alaskan Arctic rely on wild foods to sustain economic and cultural well-being. Grocery Store of Our People showcases the many strengths of the Inupiaq people’s subsistence way of life.

  • Sarah Betcher
    Effects of Weather and Climate on Subsistence Communities
  • Sarah Betcher
    Effects of Weather and Climate on Subsistence Communities
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 15, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Real Food Film Festival
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    April 20, 2015
  • Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference
    Bethel, Alaska
    April 15, 2015
  • Arctic Day: What is Hot in the Arctic
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    November 13, 2014
  • National Food Day
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    October 24, 2014
Director Biography - Sarah Betcher

Sarah Betcher spent several years traveling extensively around the world researching how indigenous cultures utilize local wild foods for their nutritional needs, while also working in Alaska as an environmental educator in remote wilderness areas. After receiving a masters degree in Cross-Cultural Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a focus on ethnographic film and Alaska Native Studies, she became the owner of Farthest North Films. Sarah specializes in creating media that communicates across cultures, especially showcasing Alaskan indigenous traditions.

Sarah has been funded by many federal agencies including the Smithsonian Institution’s Arctic Studies Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, the National Park Service, the United States Department of Agriculture, as well as the Moore Foundation, Athabascan Fiddle Association, Aqqaluk Trust and Tlingit Readers Inc.
Sarah is an award-winning filmmaker and continues to open the world's eyes to unique cultures through her film production.

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Director Statement

I am honored to have been embraced by several rural indigenous communities and trusted to produce a film that shares about the Inupiaq subsistence life of northwest Alaska.