In Inupiaq tradition, a tribe of indigenous people from northwestern Alaska, glaciers carry memories from the past and communicate them in song. The climate crisis has become a terrifying reality that includes seeing the end of glaciers — the end of these sung histories — happen before our eyes. Once a Glacier shows a gesture of nurturing, and whether the girl's efforts are successful or not, the work suggests a poignant level of grace and humility for moving forward into the future. The project is inspired by own experience of the artist Jiabao Li from a year that she lived in Alaska.

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