Hear how Alaska’s own Ninja Warrior tackles life’s obstacles

American Ninja Warriors Nate DeHaan and Nick Hanson on DeHann’s Warped Wall (Photo by Katie Basile, KYUK – Bethel)

This week on Addressing Alaskans we’re hearing from Nick ‘Iligutchiak’ Hanson, better known as ” The Eskimo Ninja” from the T.V. show “American Ninja Warrior.” Hanson was the first Inuit to compete on the physically demanding show requiring contestants to maneuver through a high-tech obstacle course. His experiences growing up around substance abuse and mental illness in rural Alaska made him want to share his story, bridge cultural divides, and inspire the next generation. 

Hanson is joined by friend and fellow “ninja” Grant McCartney, “The Island Ninja.”

This program was presented by the Alaska World Affairs Council and is moderated by AWAC President and CEO Lise Falskow.

BROADCAST: Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, September 11th, 2020 via Zoom


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Ammon Swenson is Alaska Public Media’s Audio Media Content Producer. He was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from UAA in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and integrated media. He’s previously worked for KRUA radio, the Anchorage Press, and The Northern Light.

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