Voices Project Banner Image - repeating pattern of Tlingit salmon design with the words "Haa Aani - Our Home Land"


Welcome! Juneau Voices invites you to visit 11 different spots around downtown, each featuring a sign with an audio installation. You’ll hear stories from community members offering diverse glimpses of life here in Juneau.

1. Welcome To Juneau Voices
2. Clarence “Butch” Laiti
3. Nita Coronell
4. Andrea Cadiente-Laiti & Barbara Cadiente-Nelson
5. Stuart Sliter
6. Walter Soboleff, Jr.
7. Peter Metcalfe & Gary Rosenberger
8. Sorrel Goodwin
9. Fran Houston
10. Martin & Ann Stepetin
11. Evelyn Myers & Lillian Petershoare

Juneau Voices is led by artists and community facilitators Ryan Conarro and
Lillian Petershoare, and is a project of Ping Chong + Company commissioned
by the City and Borough of Juneau.

  • Creative director and producer: Ryan Conarro

  • Cultural and community engagement leader: Lillian Petershoare 

  • Written by Ryan Conarro & Lillian Petershoare, in collaboration with the storytellers

  • Original music written and performed by George Kuhar

  • Drumming and vocals by X’unei Lance Twitchell

  • Cultural and linguistic advisors: David Katzeek, Kingeisti; & X’unei Lance Twitchell

  • Sound design and editing by Mike Sakarias and Ryan Conarro

  • Editing and design for story website www.aanyatxu.org led by Sarah Campen

Juneau Voices is an installation of audio stories featuring first-person storytelling. Lillian Petershoare and Ryan Conarro led an extensive community outreach campaign in 2019, including a series of public story-sharing sessions and collaboration with numerous civic partner organizations. The storytellers you’ll meet in the 11 installations came forward in response to those calls for stories. 

To hear more from these storytellers – and to meet other Juneau residents who shared stories – please visit https://www.aanyatxu.org/juneau-voices-home

To experience a short documentary about the making of Juneau Voices, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-5n21kTV9Y 

The transcribed text of the stories of Juneau Voices–and our background information on each story’s web page–uses the standardized Lingít language modern orthography (spelling and notation system)  that is based on the Story-Naish orthography developed in the 1970s. This orthography was updated by Nora and Richard Dauenhauer in the 1980s; by Jeff Leer and Keri Eggleston in the 2000s, and by James Crippen and Lance Twitchell in the 2010s. As of 2020, this orthography is used by major organizations producing materials in Lingít.

Partner Organizations:

  • Juneau Public Libraries

  • Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Elders & Youth Program

  • Douglas Indian Association

  • Filipino Community, Inc.

  • Goldbelt Heritage Foundation

  • Juneau Arts & Humanities Council

  • Juneau-Douglas City Museum

  • KTOO Public Media

  • Northern Light United Church

  • Sealaska Heritage Institute

Funding Support from:

  • Alaska Humanities Forum

  • Goldbelt Corporation

  • Goldbelt Heritage Foundation

  • Northern Light United Church Alaska Native Ministries

  • Rasmuson Foundation

  • Sealaska Corporation

Juneau Voices is supported in part by a grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum and the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.