The Alaska Native Cultures Film Series at the University of Alaska Southeast will show “Make Prayers to the Raven” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Egan Lecture Hall.
The film portrays the Koyukon people, who live along the Koyukuk River. The Koyukon retain traditional Athabascan ways in spite of heavy influence from outside. In the Passage of Gifts, we are introduced to the people and their view of raven, as well as concepts of respect for the land and the idea of luck. In Grandpa Joe’s Country we follow elder Joe Beetis as he hunts moose in September, sharing his ideas of the land and animals.
This film series, organized by Assistant Professor of Native Languages Lance A. Twitchell, accompanies the Alaska Native Cultures course and is free and open to the public.
The last film in the series will be “Haa Shagóon” and “Surviving Sounds of Haida” and “Carved from the Heart” on Dec. 1.
For more information, visit www.uas.alaska.edu/pr/docs/native-film-series.pdf.