'Sharing Our Knowledge' Tlingit conference to be held Nov. 6-10

The 2013 Sharing our Knowledge (Wooshteen Kanaxtulaneegí Haa At Wuskóowu) Conference of Tlingit Tribes and Clans will be held in Juneau Nov. 6-10 at Centennial Hall. Language retention will be the theme of this year’s conference, titled “Haa Yoo X’atángi Haa Kusteeyíx Sitee” (Our Language Is Our Way of Life), but this theme is not exclusive. In addition to language, the conference will include presentations in disciplines including archeology, history, health, food, literature, mathematics and civil rights.


The clan conference is designed to strengthen cross-cultural connections through presentations led by Native elders and tradition bearers, scholars and others. These presenters will share their expertise and work with other researchers, students and members of the general public, both Native and non-Native. All are welcome.

The conference will begin with a “Warming our Hands” event at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, and will continue with presentations at Centennial Hall Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 7-10. Each day of presentations will include concurrent workshops, seminars and panel discussions, each limited to 90 minutes.

More than 50 presentations are scheduled.

Examples of this year’s topics include:

• Amos Wallace: A Tlingit Master;

• gathering Lingít phrases for raising children;

• unexpected imagery in Northern Northwest Coast art;

• Ravenstail and Chilkat Weaving;

• traditions in transition;

• incorporating Tlingit views into the Juneau Comprehensive Plan;

• Alaskan plants as food and medicine;

• language revitalization, a model from Spain;

• and correcting myths about the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).

The first clan conference was held in May 1993 in Haines and Klukwan, pioneered by the late Andy Hope III. In recent years, conferences have been held in Sikta (2007 and 2012) and in Juneau (2009).

This year’s organizational staff includes Gerry Hope (executive director), Kathy Kolkhorst Ruddy (event coordinator), Alice Taff (presentation review coordinator) and Peter Metcalfe (director of communications). Also on the organizational committee are Nora and Richard Dauenhauer, Steve Henrikson, Ishmael Hope, Marsha Hotch, Harold Jacobs, Sergei Kan, Dionne Cadiente-Laiti and Lance Twitchell.

For more, go to ankn.uaf.edu/ClanConference2/.


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