Executive Vice President – Afognak Native Corporation
Alisha Drabek, PhD, is an Alutiiq language advocate, writer, and artist living on Kodiak Island, Alaska. She is co-author of Red Cedar of Afognak: A Driftwood’s Journey, a children’s book about an Alaska Native community’s history of survival from tsunamis based on stories from Alutiiq Elder John Pestrikoff and driftwood research by archaeobotanist Dr. Karen Adams of Crow Canyon Research Institute. The book won the American Book Award and the Honoring Alaska’s Indigenous Literature Award. Alisha has contributed to numerous community and online resources including: AlutiiqEducation.org, AlutiiqLanguage.org, and the Native Village of Afognak's Heritage Education Programming and the Dig Afognak Camp.