Faculty and Alumni Share Knowledge at Clan Conference
UAS faculty were involved in planning, presentations and story collecting at the bi-annual “Sharing Our Knowledge: A Conference of Tlingit Tribes and Clans” October 28-31 at Centennial Hall in Juneau. The clan conference has been a gathering of elders and academics, tradition bearers and students since 1993 when it was initiated by the late Tlingit scholar Andrew Hope III. The 2015 conference had about 40 sessions ranged in topics from art to ecology. UAS presenters included Alaska Native Languages and Studies program head Lance Twitchell with “Creating a Tlingit Language Immersion School” and 2014 graduate Will Geiger on “De-colonial ethics in the work of Richard Dauenhauer.” Affiliate Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages Alice Taff was a conference organizer. Events included a weaving exhibit, a Native Arts market, and a chance to listen to Alaska Native educational stories through “StoryCorps @ your library.”
Adjunct Communications faculty and Juneau Public Library program coordinator Beth Weigel hosted a listening booth featuring excerpts from interviews recorded in Juneau, Haines and Klukwan. Conference attendees recorded their own stories alone or with a friend or family member. “It’s a great format for passing down stories through the generations and telling people about experiences that they’ve lived and they want to share and make sure that that voice stays alive, the sound of that voice as well as the stories from that person,” said Weigel.