Sharing Our Knowledge:
A Conference of Tlingit Tribes & Clans
Sitka, Alaska, October 13-17, 2017
Sitka Fine Arts Campus (formerly Sheldon Jackson School)
Conference theme: Haa Shagóon, Yei Sh Natoosneix (Our History, We are Healing Ourselves)
This unique biennial event is open to anyone with an interest in the indigenous peoples of Southeast Alaska and their Canadian relatives. Since the first Sharing Our Knowledge conference at Haines/Klukwan in 1993, this three- to four-day symposium has brought together Alaska Native and First Nations tradition bearers, elders, and fluent speakers of indigenous languages with artists, academics, researchers, students and other learners.
Subjects presented include linguistics, archaeology, art and music, Alaska Native history, museum studies, cultural anthropology, indigenous law and clan protocols, fisheries, traditional ecological knowledge, and others.
The October 13-17 conference in Sitka coincides with Alaska Day (October 18) observances of the 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.
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 will include a Warming of the Hands (welcoming by host Clans) on the evening of October 13, with other evenings available for Raven/Eagle-Wolf Nights, poetry readings, and other creative presentations. Weavers of Chilkat and Raven’s Tail blankets will gather to work on and present their creations throughout the conference.
Plenary and workshop sessions will be held on the Sitka Fine Arts campus. Student housing and full food service will be available at very reasonable rates. This is a beautifully restored historical campus within a ten minute walk from downtown and a five minute walk from Totem Park.
Sharing Our Knowledge has received generous support from
National Science Foundation – Documenting Endangered Languages grants #1233310 and #1500824. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Other support has been provided by:
The University of Alaska Southeast
Goldbelt Heritage Foundation
Northern Light Church Native Ministry fund
The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
Shee Atiká Inc.
Sitka Tribe of Alaska
The Organizing Committee
Jixeik (Gerry Hope, Executive Director); Kasoot (Dionne Cadiente-Laiti), Eech T’ei (Steve Henrikson), Guneiwtí (Marsha Hotch), Gooch Shaayí (Harold Jacobs), Gunaak’w (Sergei Kan), Kingeistí (David Katzeek), Xwaachgé Éesh (Harold Martin), K’ashdahein Éesh (Peter Metcalfe), Kaayistaan (Marie Olson), Sumiq (David Russell-Jensen), Shaagunasstaa (Bob Sam), L Jáakk (Alice Taff)