Skip to content


Leave a Comment
  1. John mills / Dec 26 2014 12:15 AM

    The second picture is Chukchi college

  2. John mills / Dec 26 2014 12:18 AM

    The last picture is kotzebue senior citizens cultural center commons area, dining room

  3. Dean Hildreth / Dec 26 2014 5:17 AM

    The second building long brown with lots of windows is the Chuckchi Community College building in Kotzebue Alaska. In the far right one can see fuel storage tank that were part of B&R at the time and are now owned by Arctic Lighterage. Slightly visible in the left is the end of what was a teacher housing building.

    • Charlie McNabb / Jan 26 2015 3:18 PM

      Great information, Dean. Thank you for commenting.

  4. Eileen Devinney / Dec 26 2014 11:43 AM

    Shared this on Facebook on 12/25/14 and a couple of folks in NW Alaska identified a few things so far: Top image seems to be the gym at Kivalina. The second photo of the wood building with blue roof is the Chukchi College and library building in Kotzebue. The woman on the right in the third photo is Sandra Atoruk of Kiana. The bottom photo was taken in the old Senior Center in Kotzebue. Lots of interest in these old pics! Love to see more. Eileen Devinney

    • Charlie McNabb / Jan 26 2015 3:18 PM

      I really appreciate you sharing, Eileen! How wonderful that folks responded and now we know more about these photographs.

  5. marione / Dec 26 2014 12:29 PM

    I know that the picture you say is in Kivalina for the dancing, it is actually Kotzebue Senior Center

    • Charlie McNabb / Jan 26 2015 3:17 PM

      Marione, thank you so much for your comment. This is very helpful!

  6. Thom Gillespie / Feb 18 2015 7:09 PM

    The gym mural is from Kivalina. I was a student teacher there and we closed down the gym for a week of what was supposed be a themed community 4 season mural, but the teachers forgot that there was no 4 seasons in Kivalina. The kids pretty much sat there until I asked one of the kids to bring me a picture of her grandmother who recently died. I used an opaque projector to sketch up her grandmother and did a quick painting and turned to the kids and looked at them. They understood. They went home and brought in photos and drawings they had and did the entire gym. It was amazing. The parents and grandparents started to come in directing the drawing and painting and joining in way into the evening for a week. All 4 walls were done and it was beautiful as a mural and as an example of true community education.

    • Charlie McNabb / Feb 21 2015 5:47 PM

      Wow, that’s incredible! Thank you for commenting. I love learning the context of these photos.

      • Thom Gillespie / Feb 21 2015 6:59 PM

        Not sure why I sat down and typed in the query Kivalina + mural + gym the other night. 😎

        I’m pretty sure that the part of the gym you can see there was painted by the Swan Family. When the themes didn’t work the village pretty naturally divided the work into families either consciously or unconsciously. I don’t think I have ever been anywhere where there was so much artistic visual talent. What really amazed me was a kid named Tommy Adam who used to make drawings as if he was hovered above a scene and not from the western straight on 1/2 point horizontal perspective. I can’t even think in that perspective but Tommy did it naturally, an amazing artist.

        We unfortunately were only there 10 months as part of a U of A project called X-ceed run by Ray Barnhardt in Fairbanks. Those 10 months changed our lives for the good forever.

  7. Thom Gillespie / Feb 18 2015 7:17 PM

    the date was spring 1979 –Thom

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: