Sharing Our Knowledge:
A Conference of Tlingit Tribes & Clans
Sitka, Alaska, October 2017
Anyone interested in the indigenous peoples of Southeast Alaska is welcome to attend this unique biennial event, a multi-disciplinary three- to four-day conference that includes Alaska Native tradition bearers, elders, and fluent speakers of indigenous languages meeting with artists, academics, students and other learners.
Subjects presented include linguistics, archaeology, art and music, Alaska Native history, museum studies, cultural anthropology, indigenous law and protocols, fisheries, traditional ecological knowledge, and many others.
Arrangements are under way to schedule events throughout Sitka in concert with Alaska Day (October 18) observances of the Sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of the Treaty of Cession whereby the United States acquired Russian interests in Alaska. Our conference will add new perspectives, that of Alaska Natives, whose challenges to the so-called “Purchase of Alaska” were finally addressed in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971.
We anticipate the conference format will be similar to those of the past: morning plenary sessions followed by concurrent workshops in the afternoons. Evenings will be devoted to cultural activities that, at past conferences, included the Warming of the Hands (welcoming by host Clans), poetry readings, Raven/Eagle-Wolf Nights, and other creative presentations.
The Organizing Committee:
Gerry Hope (executive director), Linda Belarde, Dione Cadiante-Laiti, Steve Henrikson, Marsha Hotch, Harold Jacobs, Sergei Kan, David Katzeek, Harold Martin, Peter Metcalfe, and Alice Taff.
Kathy Ruddy (conference coordinator)