Cory Mann is an emerging filmmaker from Juneau, Alaska. A Tlingit Indian from the Eagle Thunderbird Clan, his twin passions are Tlingit food and history.

What does Growing Native mean to you? This is a question we posed to the Growing Native Advisory Council as we went through pre-production. The answers we received were varied, but connected – it’s growing us as a people in a way that sustains us as...

Diane E. Benson (Tlingit) was one of the original female tractor-trailer truck drivers on the remote and hazardous Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Since then, she has pursued a multidimensional life that has included work as a playwright, writer, speaker, politician and actress. In the film, For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska, Benson plays the role of Tlingit activist Elizabeth Peratrovich, one of the most influential leaders of the Alaska civil rights movement.

An exploration on the cultural, historical and educational importance of Native language preservation.

Luke Griswold-Tergis met Cory Mann (Tlingit) while hitchhiking through Alaska—on a sailboat. “Luke and I became friends mainly because he was sleeping on my floor,” explains Mann. During his time spent in Alaska, Griswold-Tergis was struck by the recollection of Alaskan Native peoples’ history and traditions, but realized that the knowledge “is endangered, and people need to work on preserving it more.” As co-producers of the film Smokin’ Fish, Griswold-Tergis and Mann explore the Tlingit tradition of smoking fish from the perspective of Mann.

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