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ERIC Number: EJ910049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
We Shared the Same Chapter: Collaboration, Learning, and Transformation from the 2008 Subsistence, the Environment, and Community Well-Being Native Youth Exchange in Old Harbor, Alaska Project
Richmond, Laurie; Di Piero, Daniela; Espinoza, Flowers; Simeonoff, Teacon; Faraday, Margaret
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v14 n4 p63-82 2010
On a small island belonging to the Alutiiq people of Old Harbor, 11 people sat around a campfire. Two community leaders, a nonprofit organizer, an academic scholar, a native filmmaker, and six young people from the Indian reservation of Taos Pueblo in New Mexico gathered after a day of interacting with Old Harbor residents--fishing, hunting and dressing a deer, and carving and cooking the food we had caught. As the fire burned late into the night, we talked about what brought us to this island and what issues we face in our lives. We discussed substance abuse and the early passing of young people from Old Harbor and Taos Pueblo in substance- or violence-related incidents. We talked about environmental issues that our communities face as well as the significance of cultural practices. We all reflected on the directions we hoped to go in our lives following this program. In this remote and culturally significant location, a transformational dialogue emerged among us in a way that we never could have anticipated. As the fire faded to a few lingering embers, Teacon Simeonoff, the program leader from the community of Old Harbor, looked around the group and said: We all have a story and sometimes we share the same chapters. (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska; New Mexico