Dig Afognak Camp for the summer is coming up this week. As Mary Donaldson reports,
the camps play an important part in keeping the Alutiiq culture alive.
first began in 1993 as part of an effort to regain local Alutiiq culture. The first of several camps taking
place during summer is the leadership academy, which is now in its second year.
Other camps offered will teach the Native youth traditional ways of hunting,
gathering, history and preservation of their culture.
Rachel Kane is the Native Village
of Afognak program manager for Dig Afognak, and says teens can gain a lot from
the leadership academy.
1 :24s “…in a way that they are having fun with it
Kane says the creation of the
leadership academy came out of a need to keep teens engaged after they become
too old to participate in the youth camps.
Julie Knagin, a Kodiak elder who worked
with teens in the leadership academy last year, says that she feels the
leadership camps are vital to prepare today’s Native youth to take over in the
(Knagin 1 :36s “…be there and take over.”)
She also says from her perspective,
she feels these camps are important for Native youth of all ages to participate
(Knagin 2 :15s “…and the leadership”)
The Dig Afognak Camps began as an
activity to help preserve archeological sites in the Kodiak Archipeligo. It
began as an effort to preserve these sites following the Exxon-Valdez oil spill
in 1989. Kane says information was being lost at these sites as the clean up
The leadership academy begins
tomorrow (Thursday) and is open to kids ages 13 to 17. Registration is 25-dollars
for Native Village of Afognak members, and 45-dollars for non-members.
I’m Mary Donaldson.
For more information
on this camp and any of the upcoming Dig Afognak camps, contact the Native Village
of Afognak at 486-6357.