Saturday, December 19, 2009

A tale of community from a remote Alaskan village

The story from yesterday's All Things considered on NPR featured the headline "Isolated Alaskan Village Hosts Christmas Pageant." The dateline is Aniak, Alaska, population 572. Aniak is part of the Bethel-Kuskokwim Delta, and about 100 of its residents are students in the K-12 school that was presenting the pageant, which all of the remaining village residents were expected to attend.

Here's an enthusiastic quote from the school's principal: "Once the lights come on and the set is there and the people start showing up, I'm telling you, you could light Alaska with the energy that gets produced backstage."

Listen to the full report by Annie Feidt of Alaska Public Radio here.

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