Religion | With a history of injustice and a present full of extreme social pathologies, Native Alaskans are a broken people. Are they ready for gospel solutions?
by Sophia Lee
Posted 9/16/16, 01:00 am
HUSLIA, KOBUK, and KOTZEBUE, Alaska—The sulfurous odor of striking matches and propane stoves triggers vivid memories for Carole Huntington. Those smells take the 72-year-old Alaska Native woman back to a shy little girl standing by the door of the local church kitchen. She was carrying a huge Pyrex bowl of fresh-picked blackberries, so she couldn’t knock or open the door.
One church lady saw young Carole loitering and snapped, “Don’t just stand there like a dummy!”