'Sharing Our Knowledge' clan conference

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2007

"Sharing Our Knowledge: A Conference of Tsimshian, Haida and Tlingit Tribes and Clans," held March 21-25 in Sitka, is now available on DVD.

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"That conference, it just had everything," says Clarissa Hudson, a renowned Alaska Native fabric artist who made presentations at three separate workshops. "It was an educational experience: it wasn't just about fun and performance, it was educational in all ways, regarding so many things. It reminded me of all of our Alaska Native cultural and social events rolled into one."

"We all had trouble deciding which workshops to attend," says Andrew Hope III, the conference executive director. "Knowing that every presentation was being recorded on digital video made it easier for those who attended the event to make decisions."

Hope says more than 400 people participated in the conference, the first in 10 years. Several clan conferences were held in the 1990s, beginning in 1993 at Haines/Klukwan.

Conference topics included regalia, repatriation, history, sacred sites, Native music, basketry, cultural atlases, museum collections and intellectual property rights.

The DVDs can be purchased through Northstar Television, with ordering information available on the Web.

• Peter Metcalfe was the clan conference the director of videography and documentation.

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