On this season of On The Land, one of the many voices you're hearing is that of Unangax̂ womxn Haliehana 'Alaĝum Ayagaa' Stepetin. Haliehana was born and raised in the village of Akutan in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Haliehana served four years in the U.S. Navy as a Fire Controlman Second Class Petty Officer (E-5, SW) onboard the USS Chosin CG 65 stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI from 2008-2012. Haliehana is currently a PhD student in Native American Studies at the University of California Davis. She has a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington Bothell (2018) and received a bachelor's in International Studies with a concentration on Russia (2016) at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she recently served as Adjunct Professor of Alaska Native Studies.
Haliehana is an artist, scholar and activist, an Unangax̂ dancer, and subsistence practitioner. She enjoys spending her summers at home picking greens and berries in the Aleutian Islands or throughout (her second home) Southcentral Alaska fishing for salmon and halibut to fill her family's winter cache. Stepetin’s personal and academic work regards the “contemporization" of Indigenous performance in settler colonial formations where she explores (in a non-colonial manner) Indigenous governance, Indigenous politics of recognition and responsibility, Indigenous resurgence, and Indigenous futurity while centering the subsistence worldview she was raised with. ⠀