This is the first article in our ongoing Arctic Interruptions series. Edited by Sara Komarnisky and Lindsay Bell, this series challenges our expectations about the North and opens new windows on its life and history. This series will appear in Volume 4, Issue 1 of Northern Public Affairs.
A Gwich’in woman works on her PhD in history while out to fish camp. A Guyanese landlord scrambles to repair the fire alarm system of a seventeen story high rise building in tiny subarctic town. After celebrating their daughter’s quinceañera in Michoacán, a Mexican family returns home to Anchorage. These scenes, taken from the everyday realities of people across circumpolar North America might seem anomalous, strange, or somehow out of place to most non-Northern people. They interrupt what many people expect of Arctic places, people, and processes.