ALASKA • Katie Basile
About the project
Dear Newtok is an audio/visual advice “column” produced by residents of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Southwest Alaska, one of the first regions in the country to experience forced relocation due to the climate crisis. Using words and images, Dear Newtok offers advice and insight on adapting to a changing world. For We, Women, Katie and fellow residents of the Y-K Delta will document their experiences with climate-induced relocation through interviews, intercommunity dialogue, photographs, and digital stories. Through Dear Newtok, a national audience will become acquainted with communities that are adapting to a changing climate and reflecting on their lessons learned along the way, all while maintaining their Yup’ik (Alaska Native) traditions and values.
About the Artist
Katie Basile is a multimedia storyteller from Southwest Alaska. Her documentary work explores adaptation and resilience in a changing world. She has facilitated storytelling projects with organizations and communities including the Portland Art Museum, the Alaska Prevention Summit, and the Newtok Village Council. Katie began her career as a teaching artist and has more than a decade of experience producing multimedia stories with rural Alaskan youth.