Tiumaluali’i Jody Marie Hassel

2023 Fellowship AwardLiterary Arts/ScriptworksCreative nonfiction

2023 Fellowship Award

Hassell will write a book-length memoir, “To the Root: Recovery of a Samoan Princess in the Exile of Erasure,” about her search for and reunion with her biological family. She will travel to research her ancestral Samoan, Scandinavia and French roots weaving into her memoir her interests in trauma recovery and Polynesian dance. 

Hassel, from Fairbanks, was adopted at birth by Norwegian gold miners in Alaska. Hassel’s story is about family, adoption and recovery from trauma. She is most curious about ancestral wisdom and the healing power of dance.