ERIC Number: ED228015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Getting It Together In Chevak. A Case Study of a Youth Organization in a Rural Alaskan Village. Occasional Paper No. 4.
McDiarmid, G. Williamson
The Chevak Village Youth Association (CVYA) was developed in a rural Eskimo village (population 520) both to educate youth and to integrate them into functional roles in the community. CVYA is an entirely indigenous youth organization, created and managed by the youth and young adults of the village. It has evolved, in part, as a response to the problems of youth in the village. Until the Hootch Decree in 1976, adolescents left villages during their teenage years to attend boarding schools either in Alaska or in the Lower 48. With the creation of village high schools, communities had to understand and relate to a group of adolescents who had previously gone through adolescence largely at a distance. In addition, the upheavals which have beset Eskimo communities have particularly affected youth who seem to be lost in both the old world which is passing and the new one just coming into being. Functions of CVYA activities are social and/or recreational, economic, community service, and educational; CVYA also encourages participation in organizing and facilitating activities. Involvement in CVYA builds on traditional Eskimo ways to facilitate skill transmission, express character ideas, and provide role models. Six tables summarize the narrative information. (BRR)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Behavior Development, Community Action, Community Services, Cultural Education, Culture Conflict, Eskimos, Experiential Learning, Fund Raising, Leadership Training, Local Issues, Modernization, Nonformal Education, Recreational Programs, Role Models, Rural Areas, Traditionalism, Young Adults, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Center for Cross-Cultural Studies.
Identifiers: Alaska (Chevak); Chevak Village Youth Association AK