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Karen Kallen-Brown

Karen Kallen-Brown

Karen Kallen-Brown came to Alaska on a river trip on the Kobuk Rivere and decided to teach school in rural Alaska. In the 1970s, she married Randy Brown with whom she lived in a remote cabin on the Kandik River. They lived a subsistence lifestyle where women's activities were equally important for their daily survival even though the gender roles were fairly distinct. After having two sons and dealing with land ownership issues with the National Park Service after establishment of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, the family moved to Fairbanks, which provided more opportunities. Despite living in town, they returned to their fish camp every summer.

Karen Kallen-Brown appears in the following new Jukebox projects: