Northern natives leave home in TLC’s “Escaping Alaska”

Five native Alaskan youth will leave their homes and journey to San Diego in the forthcoming TLC series Escaping Alaska (pictured), premiering in the U.S. on July 27.
June 25, 2014

Five native Alaskan youth will leave their homes and journey to San Diego in the forthcoming TLC series Escaping Alaska (pictured), premiering in the U.S. on July 27.

The six-part series will follow Mary, Frank, Tamara, Qituvituag and Nuala – who are of Inuit, Inupiaq and Yupik descent - as they leave sheltered lives in Alaska to explore the world outside their villages and small towns. Because leaving the community is frowned upon in native Alaskan culture, each youth will devise cover stories to hide their real intentions from their families.

The series – produced by Breaking Amish and Amish Mafia firm Hot Snakes Media – will receive its global debut on TLC in the U.S. on July 27 at 9 p.m. EST/PST before rolling out internationally.

It is the first original production from Discovery Networks International (DNI) to debut first on TLC in the U.S. before premiering abroad.

Escaping Alaska provides a rare window into a remote world that is quite foreign to many TLC viewers: a look at the lives of an endangered culture and private community that is seldom seen by the lower 48,” said Jon Sechrist, VP of production and development for DNI – who commissioned and exec produced the series – in a statement.

“The series is a fascinating study of people struggling to preserve their traditional way of life, and the aspirations of its younger generation who are seeking their own way,” he added. “The five characters featured are a microcosm of their community.”

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