Video by @kiliiiyuyan
“The land has always been the thing that always draws me in,” says photographer and traditional kayak builder Kiliii Yuyan (@kiliiiyuyan). “It’s really hard to be a human being and not feel the call of the land — the land is where everything starts. Aside from family, it’s the most important value that we have.” Kiliii is Chinese-American and a member of the Hèzhé, an indigenous group from the border region between eastern Siberia and northeast China.
“As I continue to work with indigenous communities, I find that not only is the work really hard and really rewarding, but also out of all the different things that I work on, it’s probably the thing where I feel the most at home.”
Tune in to our story to see scenes from Kiliii’s travels documenting the Iñupiat people in Alaska.