Being a cultural content producer allows Alyssa to express her creativity and passion for stortelling. Her work is broadcast on national television. She is currently filming Culture Stories for FNX that highlights the vitality of Indigenous Cultures today.Pilot Season being filmed.
As creator/producer of the Culture Story television series, Alyssa London is able to express her vision as a cultural content creator. Her work is broadcast nationally on the PBS affiliated channel FNX – First Nations Experience, with a broadcast reach surpassing 65 Million households across the country. She is currently producing new episodes of Culture Story that highlight the history of participating tribal nations, communities and community members with a showcase on where they are today. These episode will premiere on FNX's fall line up 2020.
Featured communities include: Navajo Nation, Crow Nation, Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Tsimshian Nation, Fernandeño Tataviam Amarin, Chumash, Tongva, Tigua, Maya, Hopi, and more.Learn more
I first began making Culture Story videos growing up visiting family in Southeast Alaska; capturing, preserving and showcasing the beauty embedded within my own family's traditional fabric.
In college, as I began traveling outside of the U.S., I started realizing the interconnectedness of cultures all over the world, especially when I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. I realized from my research at the Universidad Compultense, that the indigenous cultures of South America had similarities to those in North America, including Alaska. I began to feel this calling to showcase the interconnectedness of indigenous cultures all over the world.
Later during my college experience I helped plan the Stanford Pow Wow, the largest student run Pow Wow in the country. Many non-native classmates thought Native people “did not exist anymore.” In that moment, it became apparent and urgent for me to showcase the vibrancy and presence of Native people today.
I do this work because I am passionate about cultural preservation and sharing the vitality and vibrancy of indigeneity. It is important that Native people have a platform for their stories to feel represented and included in mainstream media, but also for educational purposes. Non-Native people should have the opportunity to properly learn about the roots of this nation by learning about the original stewards of our lands and cultures. We need to communicate to viewers that we are strong, resilient and present. We are their neighbors, teachers, students, peers, colleagues and friends. I have chosen the art of cinematography as a medium for viewers to be directly embedded in our stories and to live our experiences firsthand. Conveying our messages through beautifully captured video imagery will enlighten and educate the viewers through sight, sound, and information.