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Stories have the power to inspire and uplift. They help us remember the past, teach us lessons, and preserve customs and culture. Everyone has a story to share—we want to hear yours!

Alaska Native and other Indigenous peoples have long used storytelling as a means of communication, to educate, and to present ideas and values. Traditional storytelling by word of mouth still takes place whenever a group of people get together to socialize.

An innovative story-sharing platform, Cultures of CIRI provides an opportunity to share stories, or “sukdu,” and connect with one another. It’s a way of not only capturing and collecting stories, but of preserving and sharing them with future generations.

When thinking about your own story, here are a few prompts to help you get started:

  • What does culture mean to you and your family?
  • What stories will you tell the younger generation?
  • Do you have a story from a CIRI program or event?
  • What does CIRI mean to you?
  • Do you have a memory of a friend or loved one who has passed?
  • Do you have words of encouragement for CIRI shareholders and descendants?

Use the prompts for inspiration, but please don’t feel limited by them!

Contact Us

Shareholder Engagement
Darla Graham, Senior Manager
725 E. Fireweed Lane
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: (907) 263-5562
Email: [email protected]

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