Katie Basile is a photojournalist, documentary storyteller and educator. Her work focuses on the Southwest region of Alaska and explores adaptation and resilience in a changing world. Katie frequently collaborates on digital storytelling projects...
Lebron and Toby peer into a steambath that is nearly falling into the Ninglick River in Newtok, Alaska on July 12, 2020. Erosion, melting permafrost and an increase in storm surges has forced the village of Newtok to relocate.
Newtok, Alaska is facing rapid erosion and permafrost melt as a result of climage change. The village is working towards a major relocation effort so that the community can move to safer, newly constructed village on Nelson Island. Newtok, Alaska on July 16, 2020.
The pond next to the airport turns into a swimming hole on hot summer days. The pond used to hold the communities drinking water until the Ninglick River flooded contaminating the water. July 16, 2020 in Newtok, Alaska.
In an interview with KYUK Newtok Village Council President George Carl talked about how risky it is to live in a place without an airport. A day later he fell ill and had to travel nine and a half miles by boat to Newtok in order to be medevaced to Anchorage. July 13, 2020 in Mertarvik, Alaska.
Jeffrey Charles Jr. grabs a quick snack while his parents, Lisa and Jeffrey Charles cut strips near their smoke house in Mertarvik, Alaska. Lisa says that limited access to a grocery store has them eating more subsistence-based foods. July 15, 2020.
During the Summer of 2017, Albertina Charles was so anxious about storm surges in Newtok that she and her granddaughter Lena Ayuluk moved across to Mertarvik before there was any housing and lived in a shipping container. Now Albertina lives in a home of her own and Lena visits from Newtok until her family has a house ready. July 15, 2020.