Children of the First People: Fresh Voices of Alaska’s Native Kids

10 Terrific Kids

Profiles by Tricia Brown; Photographs by Roy Corral

Alaska Northwest Books, April 2019
ISBN 978-1-5132-6197; 48 pp softbound; $13.99

Twenty-one years after the release of their award-winning collaboration, Children of the Midnight Sun, Brown and Corral again teamed up to interview and photograph ten new subjects for a new book about modern life in Alaska’s ancient cultures, traveling in and out of remote villages over a two-year period.

All ten Alaska Native people groups are included, with one child from each culture representing his or her people. The kids, each from 9 to 12 years old, talk about what they do for fun, their favorite Native foods, their travel ways, favorite sports, and what they’re learning from their elders. It is a slice of 21st-century life in a place that’s uniquely American.

No other book for children delves into all ten cultures with such authority or transports readers to the wild rivers, coastal islands, broad rainforest, and tundra expanses of Alaska. Children of the First People is a rare treasure.

Ask for it by title or ISBN wherever you buy books.

Click here for a Children of the First People Study Guide.