Surviving the Colonial Blizzard: The Alaskan Native Game Never Alone as a Walkthrough in Cultural Resistance

  • Juliane Schlag
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)


Never Alone takes the player on a journey through Native Alaskan history and culture. In the game, players take on the roles of the Iñupiaq girl Nuna and her pet fox. After their campsite gets destroyed by a Terrible Man, both set out on a quest, hiding from the never-ending blizzard and helped by nature spirits. The player learns about Nuna’s world and the true nature of the Terrible Man in short documentaries featuring Iñupiaq storytellers, which can be unlocked as the game progresses. Understanding how Never Alone engages with the player through a journey that incorporates trauma without fully resolving it provides insights into ongoing negotiations about trauma on individual and cross-cultural levels.


Alaska Native Cultures Cross-cultural Level Dark Tourism journeyJourney Storytelling Story 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juliane Schlag
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  1. 1.University of HullHullUK

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