Native Alaskan Sam Alexander Tells Stories Above the Arctic Circle

‘Niveh T’ah’in (Warrior)’ is a brief look at the world through the eyes of an Army veteran, native Alaskan, and Indigenous advocate.

As a wilderness guide and former Green Beret, Sam Alexander is a resourceful and duty-bound man. He credits his respect for home and harvest to his Native upbringing in the Alaskan backcountry.

From his conservation work as a guide to his role in restoring Denali to its Indigenous name, “Niveh T’ah’in (Warrior)” captures the gentle power of his simple life philosophy.

“My mission at the end of the day,” said Alexander, “is to take care of the people, take care of the land, to respect, and to live in a respectful way.”

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Runtime: 7 minutes

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Jilli Cluff

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.


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