ERIC Number: ED268812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar-8
Reference Count: 0
The Revitalization of the Qargi, the Traditional Community House, as an Educational Unit of the Inupiat Community.
MacLean, Edna Ahgeak
In many Inupiat communities the traditional meeting house, the "qargi," was the first institution to vanish as churches and schools became the dominant forces of change. At present, the Inupiat elders have no responsibility for the formal education of the young Inupiat. The educational environment of each Inupiat community can be altered to make the Inupiat comfortable in teaching their young people the Inupiat way of life by the re-establishment of community centers devoted to the teaching of traditional skills and values to youth, in Inupiaq, by their parents and elders. The western school and Inupiat "qargi" need not be competitive institutions but should complement each other. Other community groups and institutions, including universities, can take part in the projects and programs developed. The revitalization of the "qargi" and traditional Inupiat instruction can contribute to the revitalization of the language, improvement of community participation, the development of Inupiat materials and teaching skills, and the strengthening of the community's cultural base. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Inupiaq (Language); Inupiat (Tribe)
Note: Paper presented at a Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association Symposium on Policy and Planning for Alaskan Languages (Fairbanks, AK, March 8, 1986).