We call ourselves Yup'iik, Real People.

Photographs by Tara Champion '08

Yup’iik(Yup’ik) Eskimos are the largest group of Alaskan natives still living on their traditional lands and the last to have contact with non-natives. Their civilization has weathered epidemics, missionaries, and outside influences but as a subsistence culture their connection to the land remains firm.  Elders who remember life before contact with the outside world are aging but their value system, living in balance with nature, is being passed to a new generation.  Now they are fighting to retain their cultural identity as the very land they depend on is transformed by climate change.  

Tara Champion is a conservation photographer with a M.S. in Biological Photography and Imaging from the University of Nottingham, a B.A. in photography from Seattle University and a B.S. in Biology from Seattle University. Her work strives to prove that one does not have to live solely in the right or left sides of the brain. Working in both traditional black and white/silver processes and digital techniques she believes that the powerful use of imagery can change people’s opinion about the world we all call home. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and exhibited in the U.S. and abroad.


June 3- September 25, 2016

Opening Reception June 9, 5-8 PM

Kinsey Gallery | ADAL | M-F 8:00-4:30