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Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance Presents: Destiny Unbound
December 16, 2023 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Spend an evening with Vermont-raised, award-winning photographer Ming Poon for a photo journey of his recent visit to Arctic Village, home of the Neets’aii Gwich’in, and Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Ming’s stories and breath-taking imagery will describe his experience with Vermonter Brennan Lagasse and UNR Lake Tahoe students as honored guests of tribal elders Sarah James (of the Neets’aii Gwich’in) and Robert Thompson (of the Iñupiat.)
Time spent with elders at a remote camp brought light to their voices advocating for the Refuge and climate change, including their travels to Washington DC to sound the alarm about protecting sacred places like the Gwich’in’s caribou breeding grounds in the Arctic Planes.
Ming will also share his personal journey growing up as a BIPOC Vermonter discovering adventure in the Green Mountains and Adirondacks and how afterschool programs and opportunities to snowboard at an early age set him on a lifelong path of exploring the outdoors and a career as an outdoor professional.