The Wild & Scenic Virtual Reality Lounge
Journey to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with Too Wild to Drill, a new Virtual Reality experience by Earthjustice that will transport you to the threatened coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge, an Arctic Gwich’in village, and the epicenter of oil and gas drilling in America’s Arctic.
Join Marissa Knodel, Legislative Counsel with Earthjustice, the first 30 minutes of each time block to learn how you can plug in to help protect the Arctic. Special Guest Bernadette Demientieff, Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee is making a special trip to the festival from Alaska and will be on hand Friday evening and Saturday morning!
Bernadette Demientieff is Gwich’yaa Gwich’in. She was raised in Fort Yukon and spent her summers in Venetie, Alaska. Her great grandmother was Marcis (Horace) Moses from Old Crow, Yukon, Canada, and her grandfather Daniel Horace is from Fort Yukon. Bernadette is the mother of five, and grandmother of three beautiful children. She takes this position very seriously, and has transformed her life to better serve her people. She stands strong to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge-Coastal Plain, The Porcupine Caribou Herd and the Gwich’in way of life.
“Our identity is non negotiable, we will never sell our culture and our traditional life style for any amount of money.” – Bernadette Demientieff, Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee