The last Dig Afognak camp for kids
ended yesterday (Tuesday). Mary Donaldson had the opportunity to experience the
camp for a day to speak with camp coordinators, elders and gain insight into what
youth take away from these camps.
(Nat Sound Intro :07s “…fades down.”)
sound of a song shared with youth by Loren Anderson, from the Alaska Native
in Anchorage. Anderson spent his second
summer teaching at the camps and his focus was to teach the boys traditional
song and dance.
1 :19s “…dancing up there.”)
Music camp, or Cauyaq (CHO-YUK), is
run by the Native Village of Afognak says Susan Malutin, the program
coordinator for the camp. She says the camps focus on cultural education for
the next generation of Native youth.
(Malutin 1 :28s “…that’s what it is.”)
the cultural camps began over 10 years ago.
is a local elder in Kodiak. He’s been attending the camps for many years and
says he likes to pass on the Alutiiq ways to the youth in order to keep the
(Alokli 1 :17s “…lose one or two.”)
grew up in the Kodiak area, and has been carving Alutiiq masks, making drums,
and at camp, teaching kids traditional Alutiiq beading. He says he is proud of
the kids at camp for recognizing their culture.
(Inga 1 :22s “…there grasping it.”)
Pruitt says she has a great time learning about being Alutiiq.
(Pruitt 1 :15s “…really fun to learn too.”)
Hill-McLaughlin says she attends camp because she wants to learn more about her
heritage that she’s so proud of.
(McLaughlin 1 :13s “…allowed
Skonberg says her favorite part of the camp is learning the music, and she
shares some of the Alutiiq words she has learned this summer.
(Skonberg 1 :13s “…is a fish.”)
Malutin says the camps are a
vital opportunity for kids to experience their culture and gain ancestral
knowledge while building foundations of their history, as the elders and
mentors support the kids in learning about what it means to be Alutiiq.
(Nat Sound Fade Up :07s “…fades out”)