A preschool designed to immerse children in the Alutiiq language is about to enter its first full semester of classes. The Administration for Native Americans granted the Sun’aq tribe roughly $2 million dollars to establish the nest school. It wrapped up its pilot semester in May.
On the First Friday Art Walk this week, the Alutiiq Museum will feature a local artist who uses the Kodiak environment as inspiration for crafting jewelry. One of Nannette Foster’s most recent items is an octopus pendant hanging from a chain and clinging onto green beach glass.
Along the banks of the Chilkoot River near Haines, there’s an old culture camp that stood empty for years. A group of young people recently decided to revitalize the traditional site. The Chilkoot Indian Association and the Haines Public Library worked together this year and last to put on the event.
Fish skin: some people eat it, others throw it out, and some make baskets from it. This week at the Sitka Arts and Science Festival, five women are learning how to make a basket from fish skin, beads, and a needle and thread. Their teacher is Athabascan artist Audrey Armstrong, who comes to Sitka every summer to teach this class.
For almost 30 years, the remote village of Kake has been running its annual summer Keex’ Kwaan Culture Camp – a chance for kids and adults to practice and celebrate Tlingit traditions. It’s the longest running camp of its kind in Alaska. This year, two young women are taking over the reins from a cherished elder and are bringing more Tlingit language to camp and into Kake.
Efforts to build a community center in Gustavus is getting a boost from the Rasmuson Foundation which announced it’s awarding a local nonprofit a $400,000 grant. The community is working to build a 200-seat center that could open its doors in 2018.