2014 Audible Art of Place begins Jan. 31

The Art of Place series, now in its fourth year, will begin a new season of presentations on Jan. 31 at the University of Alaska Southeast. The first session will feature talks and a demonstration of oratory by local Tlingit elder Paul Marks, and visiting speaker Susan Power, who is Standing Rock Sioux. The event will take place in the Glacier View Room, from 10 a.m. to noon, with light refreshments following.


Founded by UAS professor Ernestine Hayes, the Art of Place series has focused on a different aspect of Tlingit culture every season. Last year’s focus was on the edible arts, and this year it will be the audible arts. The talks are open to the public as well as the UAS campus community, and provide an opportunity to hear prominent community members’ personal stories and thoughts on cultural subjects.

Here’s a look at the full schedule. All presentations will be held in the Glacier View Room, from 10 a.m. to noon, except where noted.

Jan. 31: Audible Art Of Place: Oratory

Tlingit elder Paul Marks (Raven) and Standing Rock Sioux writer and storyteller Mona Susan Power will explain and demonstrate the purpose and meaning of oratory among indigenous cultures.

Feb. 21: Audible Art Of Place: Telling History

Tlingit elders and historians will explain and demonstrate the purpose and meaning of oral history-keeping in the Tlingit culture.

March 28: Audible Art Of Place: Song

Tlingit scholar Liana Wallace (Raven) and Tlingit leader Lyle James (Eagle) will discuss and demonstrate song, their meaning and purpose, and the method by which old and new songs are kept alive.

April 25: Audible Art Of Place: Happy Time

Yukon Tlingit Sharon Shorty, sometimes known as Gramma Susie, will share humor, stories and performance, ending the 2014 series. The venue for this presentation hasn’t been identified; however, it may take place in the auditorium, in which case it will be scheduled to start at 11 a.m., with a potluck following (room to be determined).


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