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May 28, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Crowdsourcing wins poet visit to Alaska ghost village

ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Anchorage poet will visit the ghost of a remote Alaska village where her Inupiat Eskimo ancestors once lived, thanks to funds she raised through crowdsourcing.

Joan Naviyuk Kane far surpassed her goal of $31,000 for a two-week visit for 20 descendants of people who once lived on King Island, a tiny island community built on stilts.

One benefactor alone donated $32,000 to Kane on United States Artists, a fundraising site. Altogether, Kane raised about $49,000 through the nonprofit’s USA Projects.

Kane, who is half Inupiat, says the money will pay for the July journey and a follow-up visit to King Island, which was abandoned decades ago.

USA program officer Armando Huipe says the $32,000 donation comes from a foundation that did not want to be publicly identified.

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