Blog #8 Modern Alaska

In the story Ice Palace differences between the states and Alaska are discussed. “‘It doesn’t look any different from Powell Street back home.’ Ott would quirk a derisive eyebrow, though his manner was hearty. ‘You figure Alaska would be saloons and dance halls and shooting and girls in spangled tights like in the movies?’ Edna Ferber goes on to describe more things that shocked the Outsider. The Outsider is surprised that Alaska wasn’t really that different from the states. I think this is exactly how modern day Alaska is still viewed. People come up here for a visit and are always expecting something more on the wild side. I mean one can certainly go find that in Alaska but for most residents we live just like anyone else in the United States.


Anchorage, AK                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             New York City

In Progress Karen Randlev talks about the changes Fairbanks went through in six years.
Two Street was trying for respectable,
and every corner had a shopping mall
selling pistachio nets and gourmet-delites
This is very close to how Fairbanks is today. The population continues to grow and with it more shopping malls, restaurants, and other entertainment. With all the people moving here they bring their various influences with them. I mean that is how a culture grows and in a few more years this city will change again. But what Randlev describes in her poem sounds like the Fairbanks we have today.

Second Ave Fairbanks   1976                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Walmart

Beat the Qaaviks by Nick Jans the beginning of the excerpt starts with the descriptionof a basketball game. This I think is a modern version of Alaska. Basketball I don’t believe was a part of native culture. Now though it may be. This is a change that rural Alaska has seen. Basketball has become very important to them; as is evident in their desire that a gym be first on the list for their new school. With these new gyms village life has changed greatly. The court has become the center for the young of the village. Often kids will show up early to school just to shoot some hoops. Since the population of the school isn’t large often all the boys or girls of the school are on the team. Some see this as contributing to a decrease in violence and others see it as taking their children away from learning about their cultural traditions.

Nome Nanooks boys basketball


Picture citations in order of appearance,_Alaska

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *