Looking for Strangers
The True Story of My Hidden Wartime Childhood
Yvonne Yarber (Carter), author of the Yukon-Koyokuk oral histories listed here, was born in Hawaii and raised on the Waianae Coast, deeply influenced by the ocean and dryland forests of her homeland—and the wise and gifted kupuna (elders & teachers). A common thread throughout her work in the arts, education, and multimedia has been telling the story of relationships in land-based communities. During the 1980s, and early 1990s most of her professional work was in rural Alaska as an ethnographer and educator living a subsistence life and doing documentary work in the form of oral histories, writing, photography and film-making for the Yukon-Koyukuk school villages, and Tanana Chiefs in the deep Interior. In the later 18-years, living in Alaska, her drive to record "authentic" voices that reflect land & community, took her into the far North coastal communities of Point Lay and Barrow.
Yvonne returned home in 1995 and began TryLookInside—an educational, graphic arts and multi-media business, to reflect the power of “place” in her birth lands. Since 2002 she has been the Outreach Education Coordinator at Kaupulehu Dryland Forest on Hawaii island, working with youth and community to raise awareness about the cultural ecology of rare dryland forest homelands.