Who Owns the Stories – Presentation by Alaskan Author Tricia Brown (October 24, 2017)

Invitation to Public Lecture by Tricia Brown (© State Dept.)

Please join us for a public lecture by Tricia Brown at the Kaisa Library Auditorium (Fabianinkatu 30, 7th floor) on Tuesday, October 24, at 5 pm. 

Traditional stories are the heart of indigenous identity. The right to tell stories that have been passed on for generations is an indigenous cultural right. What happens when other people publish and circulate stories without consent or attribution? Who actually owns the stories? Who is allowed to publish them, and what kind of ethical guidance do we need for preserving and sharing the stories?


Tricia Brown moved to Alaska from the U.S. Midwest in 1978, driving nearly four thousand miles to join other family members who had moved to “The Last Frontier.” She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and wrote for newspapers and magazines for many years before completing a master of fine arts degree in creative writing. She entered book publishing in the late 1990s. Today Tricia has nearly thirty books to her name, including nine critically acclaimed picture books through a variety of regional and national publishers. Her areas of expertise include Alaska Native cultures, dog mushing, and Alaska history and geography. The U.S. Embassy Finland invited Tricia for a visit as part of the Arctic Dialogues: Building Cultural Bridges program.