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Ernestine Hayes Presents Paper on Native Identity

"Behind the Power: Native American Expressive Cultures"

 UAS faculty and Blonde Indian, an Alaska Native Memoir author Ernestine Hayes attended the 107th American Anthropological Association annual meeting at the San Francisco Hilton on November 22, where she participated in an invited session titled Behind the Power: Native American Expressive Cultures, chaired by Allan Ryan of Carleton University. Her paper, The Negotiation of Identity in Alaska Native Transitional Generations, examined three stories from the oral tradition that appear in her book and their application to contemporary experience. Other session participants were Phyllis Fast of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Hiroko Ikuta of Aberdeen University, and Beckie Etukeok of the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

Also in November, Hayes spoke to Tlingit Haida Central Council staff and clients about the challenges of growing up in the Juneau Indian Village during territorial days and about the successes that are achievable to someone with determination. Hayes writes, “I encouraged them to pursue their education, and reminded the group that even though contemporary systems are built on colonial models, nevertheless we can overcome obstacles and accomplish our goals.”


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