Victor Tonuchuk, Jr. (31) speaks with friend and collaborator Ryan Toohey (40) about Kotlik, Alaska, his home community. Victor describes how sea level rise, thin ice, and late freezup have affected subsistence and potlatches.

This interview was recorded in collaboration with StoryCorps. Recorded by Bob Bolton on February 15, 2018 during the Alaska Forum on the Environment at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Edited by Kelsey Skonberg.

Music: “Saying Goodbye In The Rain (piano)” by Jeremy Wray

Alaska Voices
Braving thin ice