Let’s shift gears away from the topic of wilderness this week and think about the concept of culture in Alaska. A number of different cultures interact in Alaska, from Yupik to Tlingit, from Southern U.S. to Thai. Culturally, especially in urban centers, Alaska seems to be a very diverse place. As you’re reading this week, think about the ways that cultures influence each other in the circumpolar north.
In The Last New Land read pp. 621-684
“A History of Schooling for Alaska Native People” by Carol Barnhardt. Published in the Journal of American Indian Education Volume 40, Number 1, Fall, 2001.
Blog Entry 7
This week your assignment is to discuss the ways you see different cultures coexisting in Alaska and sharing values and traditions across cultural boundaries.
Discussion 9: Follow the instructions below.
Go to our Google+ Community and do the following:
1. Try to answer one or more of these questions by either responding to my G+ Community post (it’s been tagged with the category “9: Cultures of Alaska”) or creating your own shared post with a link to examples, photos, videos, or any other media you find on the web.
2. Respond to one or more of your classmates who have posted in Discussion Category 9: Cultures of Alaska (categories are located on the left hand side of the Google+ Community) in a thoughtful way.