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Knik Summer Cultural Enrichment Camp
Jul 10, 2017 @ 8:15 am - 4:45 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:15 am, repeating until Jul 14, 2017
The Knik Tribal Council in Wasilla, with funding in part from CITC, organizes an annual summer “Culture Camp,” also known as “Shan Qayeh.” The camp teaches children about the history and culture of the Dena’ina people.
At this week-long camp, children learn about fish, practicing net fishing and how to handle, identify, and preserve fish in traditional and modern ways. The experience also includes a host of other cultural and educational activities, including:
- “Counting” cords: these are cords that are marked to count specific events in a person’s life (first fish, first moose, reaching adulthood, etc.). They may be rope or other material with feathers, fur, or beads used to mark or “count” the events.
- How to track animals.
- How to distinguish and identify plants, such as tea for traditional healing.
- Making bead necklaces.
- How to use birch bark for making baskets and canoes
Additionally, children are instructed by archeological experts to recognize geological formations used by their ancestors, the Dena’ina people. They also learn artifact protocols used by archeologists on digs. Finally, staff from the nearby Benteh Nutaah Clinic spend time with the children. Staff have discussions about their social and emotional health.
This session is for children entering grades 7 – 12. For the July session designed for grades 1 – 6, see here.
To apply, complete and turn in the camp application.