I am a Southeast Alaskan writer and photographer who is deeply passionate about the power of story for inspiring positive social and environmental change. My photography and writing have been published with local and international magazines and...
Focus:Photojournalist, Writer, Science, Documentary, Creative Director, Photography, Culture, Arts & Culture, Conservationist, Visual Artist
Andrea Cook Ts’áak’ KáJúu (Singing eagle) is an old soul on fire, both tranquility and fury swirl behind the whirlpool of her eyes. At 22, Andrea’s artist heart thumps with a fiery intensity that is balanced by ten thousand years of ancestral wisdom. She experiences waves of unspeakable trauma that temper her, but do not define her.
In her little apartment, my friend tells me about bringing her first mask to life within these walls. She tells me about carving in quarantine.
In Southeast Alaska, we are isolated. All 32 communities spotted across the islands of the Inside Passage are accesible only by boat or plane. Sewn to one another and the lands that sustsain us, the fabric of interdependence here is a rarity that breeds resilience. Whether Indigenous or newcomer, carpenter, fisherman, poltician, land manager, artist, teacher or homeless; Southeast Alaskans share a common thread woven to the nuances of land and sea. For the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people, the depth of that relationship extends over 10,000 years.