Listening to Yellow Cedar


As an artist-in-residence with the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, I investigated the yellow cedar tree, a species in coastal Alaska now in decline due to climate change. As part of my ongoing interest in making art with other species, my investigation looked at the tree’s culturally, economic, and ecological importance in the temperate rain forest ecosystem through interview with culture bearers, scientists, forest managers, artists and others. I wrote and produced a longform radio piece about my findings.

“Listening to Yellow Cedar” aired on Raven Radio Sunday, Oct. 25th, 2015 and was awarded 2nd place by the Alaska Press Club for “Best Long Form Story” (with producer Robert Woolsey) in 2016.

My residency was made possible by the Rasmuson Resident Artist Program.