Re-Locate Kivalina

Re-locate Kivalina

Funding Received: 2015
Kivalina, AK
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

Kivalina is a coastal Iñupiat village of 400 people in Northwest Alaska. For generations Kivalina has been planning to relocate to meet “basic needs” for clean water, sanitation, and adequate space for housing, to reinhabit traditional lands and relocate planning power in the village, and to address the impacts of global climate change that increasingly threaten the village’s barrier island location. Re-Locate is a collective of immersive ethnographic artists and transdisciplinary partners co-creating a village-based territorial planning process with individuals, families, and institutions in Kivalina that makes visible and brings action to their strategies and demands for relocation and for a world where particular subjectivities and cultural practices can endure and flourish.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Apr 21, 2017
Climate change is not an abstract debate for the villagers of Kivalina, an island off of Alaska’s northwest coast — it’s a matter of survival. Read More
Jul 27, 2015
While Kivalina’s road to relocation might seem like a long one, plagued with road blocks and detours, there are many, in the community and beyond,... Read More
Over one hundred years ago, the Inupiaq whaling community of Kivalina, Alaska, began discussing plans to relocate their village. In 1905, the Kivalliñiġmiut people were...Read more