Denakkanaaga set to host Elders teaching Elders in Fairbanks

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Published: Jun. 25, 2022 at 7:35 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - “Elders mentoring Elders” will teach participants traditional activities based on Athabascan values. According to a press release, this is the first time the organization is taking an intergenerational approach to keeping the culture thriving.

The executive director says Denakkanaaga learned some elders have not learned their traditional ways. Sharon McConnell says that could be due to various reasons, including being sent to boarding schools.

The cultural camp will feature 15 Elders who will teach about 40 participants such things as moose hide tanning, fishing cutting, beading, singing, and dancing, among other activities. The activities will take place at Denakkanaaga, located at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in Fairbanks. The Elders will also travel to the Howard Luke camp on the Tanana River.

The event will run from June 27 through June 29.

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