If you love Alaska history, especially learning about people who helped to make the state what is today through the unique force of personality, this week’s program is for you.

We take an in-depth look at the lives of two men who pushed into new frontiers in two very different arenas — Charlie “Etok” Edwardsen, a champion in the Native land claims fight — and Dan Cuddy, the Anchorage banking patriarch, who helped a growing, struggling state build a modern economy.

Edwardsen died on May 8 while on a whale hunt. He was 71 years old. Cuddy died a few days later on May 12 at the age of 94.

We also remember the late Dr. Walter Soboleff, a Tlingit scholar and statesman.

Although he lived to be 102 years old, Sobeleff did not live to see the May 15 opening of the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s cultural center in Juneau, which bears his name and was inspired by his memory.

This week’s special guests:

    • Margy Johnson, a member of the board for First National Bank Alaska
    • Marc Langland, chairman of the board for Northrim Bank
    • Rosita Worl, president and CEO of the Sealaska Heritage Institute

Special thanks for this week’s Frontiers for helping us find photos and video:

    • Kevin Tripp and Greg Schmidt and Francine Taylor. Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association
    • Angela Schmidt. Alaska Film Archives, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library
    • Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson, documentary producer
    • Charlie Edwardsen family
    • Lyn Whitley. First National Bank of Alaska
    • Alaska Jewish Museum
    • Rik Pruett, KATH-TV

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