Alice Qannik Glenn is a podcaster and one of three creators of Native Time. Photo by Serine Reeves.
Three Millennial Alaskans teamed up to create a new platform that aims to amplify indigenous voices and experiences. Native Time, which launched earlier this year, is the brainchild of podcaster Alice Qannik Glenn, filmmaker Howdice Brown III, and M. Jacqui Lambert, a writer and designer.
The three storytellers, who all have Inupiaq heritage, gathered over beers and sketched an idea to create a shared space that could engage and connect the Native community. “We want to uplift Native voices, Native art, Native opportunities, Native educators,” Glenn says.
On top of promoting diverse perspectives, Native Time is also meant to be a space that pushes the conversation forward and incites progress. Alaska Native culture may often be portrayed as something ancestral, but Native Time is about contemporary stories. “I think it’s important our Native culture is seen as something very alive and very diverse,” Lambert says.
Native Time’s core content includes podcasts, videos, and a quarterly print publication called “The Archive.” The three founders are also seeking collaborators who want to share their work or make the team aware of a creative Alaskan who should be on the radar. Potential collaborators can reach out through the contact form on nativetimeak.com or through Native Time’s social media. “We want to lift up other people,” Glenn says. “We can do that if they reach out and engage with us.”