By Maia Nolan
A college student and mother of four, Torres applied for the project because she wants to see Alaska Natives better represented in entertainment, and because she worries about Native languages disappearing. Torres, who is Yup'ik, Inupiaq and Athabascan, began studying Yup'ik at the University of Alaska Fairbanks after she realized she was missing out on an important part of her heritage.
"How come there's no brown people?" she remembered thinking. "How come there's no tan people? How come they all have perfect teeth?" She said she dreams of turning on her television and seeing real stories about Alaska Natives and "the drama of real people"--not documentary footage of smiling "happy savages."
Below: Not a typical Alaska Native.