Aan Yátx'u Sáani: Noble People of the Land


Website Story Archive

Over twenty Juneau community members were interviewed as part of the development of both the theater production and website story archive Aan Yátx'u Sáani: Noble People of the Land.

The wealth of lived experience shared during interviews was deep and wide-ranging. Only a small portion could be shared in the theater production.  This archive showcases stories from these interviews.  These are stories of Juneau: stories of family, of growing up, of struggle and resilience, of deep connection to place, of learning, of massive change over time. 


Community members met for informal interviews between January and March of 2018.  Interviews were audio-recorded.  They were also photo-documented and transcribed live.  

A page in the archive was created for each participant, with photos, quotes, and audio from interviews.

Background noises and sounds of typing are due to the live transcription during the interview process.  

All participants were given the opportunity to review their pages and make changes.  

This web archive is audio-driven, lifting up the voices of people telling their own stories. We hope you will listen and enjoy. 

Theater Production: 

Five community members share their own personal stories in this one-of-a-kind theatrical event, illuminating their deep connections with Juneau's Indian Village and the downtown area often called the Willoughby District. With music and video projections, they weave their memories with little-known histories revealing massive changes that have marked the heart of the Capital City.

Aan Yátx'u Sáani: Noble People of the Land lifts up enduring community and cultural values towards a more inclusive and just future for Juneau.

This production is led by internationally recognized Ping Chong + Company in association with the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council. Written and directed by Ryan Conarro and Frank Henry Kaash Katasse, in collaboration with the performers: Ernestine Hayes, Khinkaduneek Paul Marks, Lillian Petershoare, Marcelo Quinto, and Walter A. Soboleff, Jr. 

 Produced by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council in association with Ping Chong + Company.

Visit Ping Chong + Company's page for more about the project.