I traveled to Shaktoolik with Dr. Rosales to film the village’s efforts to guard the village from storms. It was an entirely new experience for me having never been that far from home or to a remote part of Alaska, and I had never made a film before. When we returned to SLU I spend an entire year putting our material together for the film, Stay and Defend, and a related GIS project and senior year experience paper. The project challenged me took me to places I never thought I’d go and brought out talents I did not know I had. I now frequently think about Shaktoolik and would love to continue the type of work we did in the future.