Story last updated at 3/18/2009 - 8:55 pm
JUNEAU - Sharing our Knowledge: A Conference of Tlingit Tribes and Clans, will be held March 25-28 at Juneau's Centennial Hall. This year's conference theme is "Wooshteen Kanaxtulaneegí Haa At Wuskóowu: Telling Our Stories."
The 2009 conference is dedicated to the memory of writer and educator Andrew "Andy" John Hope III, the Clan Conference Founder.
Bringing together Native and non-Native cultural experts and scholars,the first conference was held in May 1993 in Haines/Klukwan, followed in the next few years by conferences in Ketchikan/Saxman and Sitka.
Ten years lapsed until the most recent conference, held in Sitka in March 2007, which attracted over 400 participants and 90 presenters speaking on a wide variety of topics, including linguistics, archaeology, museum studies, cultural anthropology, education, ethnohistory, art and music, traditional ecological knowledge, indigenous law and fisheries.
The 2009 conference will continue this multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural spirit. Native elders and experts in traditional culture, academic scholars and students will share their knowledge and work involving a wide variety of topics. The conference will afford a rare opportunity for key researchers, Native elders, and cultural leaders to share information with their colleagues, students, members of the Native community and the public.
The 2009 theme, "Haa Shkalneekx'í Wooshteen Kanaxtulaneegí: Telling Our Stories," highlights the importance of oratory and writing to modern Tlingit culture. Other sessions and presentations focus on a wide variety of topics relating to Tlingit culture.
Sessions and workshops include discussions of art, Chilkat weaving and beadwork, filmmaking, repatriation, music, historical photographs, Native involvement in Alaska statehood and digital archives; At.oow, crests and clan property; museums and cultural centers; ethnohistory namings, clan leadership and herring fisheries; language revitalization, Tlingit literature and oratory, and Native education and curriculum development.
Featured speakers include Robert Bringhurst, who will speak at a luncheon on March 25, and Ellen Hope Hays, who will speak at a banquet dinner March 26.
Bringhurst is one of Canada's most admired poets and cultural historians who has published widely in the fields of art history, typography, linguistics, classical studies and literary criticism. He is the translator and editor of the three-volume series "Masterworks of the Classical Haida Mythtellers."
Ellen Hope Hays, Naa Tlaa of the Kiks.ádi clan and the first Tlingit superintendent of Sitka National Historical Park, will present the organizational history of the Tlingit people, and the interconnection between the clans, Alaska Native Brotherhood, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and the ANCSA corporations.
There will be a tribute dinner and readings in honor of Andrew John Hope III on March 27, in which the Hope family will invite conference participants to an evening of fellowship and sharing. Following the meal, Andy's family and friends will speak in tribute, and the event will conclude with readings of Tlingit poetry and literature.
View the complete, up-to-date conference schedule and register at www.ankn.uaf.edu/ANCR/Southeast/ClanConference/.
The conference is sponsored by the Alaska Humanities Forum and Tlingit Readers, Inc.