Language, culture focus of Tlingit clan conference

Nov 07, 2013 -- 11:15am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Tlingit clan conference taking place in Juneau is focusing on language and traditions. CoastAlaska says the event called "Sharing Our Knowledge" began Wednesday and runs through Sunday morning at Centennial Hall. The theme of the conference is "Our Language is Our Way of Life." Sessions include such topics as art, music, archaeology, linguistics, Alaska Native history and indigenous law. There also are sessions on regional language programs, a Tlingit spelling bee and bringing the language into the home. Conference executive director Gerry Hope says the language is disappearing and organizing committee members were concerned about a number of elders dying. He says there's a need to talk to elders now. The clan conferences began about two decades ago. They resumed in 2007 after a 10-year pause.

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