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ERIC Number: ED475033
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 27
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"Kenekngamceci Qanrutamceci (We Talk to You Because We Love You)": Yup'ik "Culturalism" at the Umkumiut Culture Camp.
Fienup-Riordan, Ann
The Calista Elders Council (CEC) is a nonprofit organization representing the 1,330 Yup'ik elders 65 and older in the Alaskan Yup'ik homeland. The CEC seeks to preserve and transmit Yup'ik values and traditions through a five-fold plan that includes youth culture camps. An old summer fishing camp on Nelson Island became the site of a youth culture camp. The CEC pushed for this camp because of the decline in welfare services and the need for youth to know how to live as people did in the past, without relying on the cash economy. During the day, campers learned traditional subsistence activities. Evenings were reserved for "elder time." The culture camp provided a modern means for the traditional training of young people to be good listeners and, in their turn, become speakers of truth. The emphasis on talk reflects the indigenous view of how young people should learn and elders teach. Elders presented instruction in group settings and engaged in serious moral discourse dealing with appropriate behavior. Their long descriptions contained vivid metaphors to help young people retain what they said. Instead of individual qualities, the elders emphasized the importance of ongoing relationships. Elders did not just talk about Yup'ik culture, but displayed their unique view of the world in all they said and did. They addressed not only what young people needed to know, but also how they were expected to learn it. The elders taught youngsters how to learn. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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