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Indigenous Arts Embody Living History

Week 2 of the UAS Summer in the Rainforest event.

July 30–August 4, 2017

UAS Summer in the Rainforest Logo

Participants in the 2017 Summer in the Rainforest event will recognize that individual lives create Living History. All participants will gain meaningful understanding and respect for the depth and significance of place. They will receive the unique experience offered here, in the heart of Auk K’waan.

Scholarships are Available

Please contact Frank Coenraad with any questions.

Professional Development Credit

There are options for teachers to have their experience count towards their professional development requirements — 2 or 4 credits, see our course registration page for more details.

Registration Process

Event registration

Registration is handled online through the Alaska Arts Education Consortium website.

Professional development credit registration

Optional step to satisfy Alaska teaching certificate professional development requirements

Follow the instructions on our course registration page.

On Campus Housing

On-campus housing is available to participants for both weeks of the program. Please see the Juneau Campus Housing website for more information and registration.

Ernestine Hayes

Ernestine Hayes Alaska State Writer Laureate Ernestine Hayes is a member of the Kaagwaantaan clan of the Tlingit nation. She teaches composition, Alaska literature, and creative writing at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. Her prose and poetry have appeared in forums such as Studies in American Indian Literature, Yellow Medicine Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Huffington Post, and A History of Western American Literature, among others. Her first book, Blonde Indian, an Alaska Native Memoir, won the 2007 American Book Award. Her latest book is The Tao of Raven, an Alaska Native Memoir.

Lance Twitchell

Lance Twitchell Lance Twitchell carries the Tlingit names X̱’unei & Du Aaní Kawdinook, and the Haida name Ḵ’eijáakw. He lives in Juneau with his wife and bilingual children, and is from the Tlingit, Haida, and Yupik native nations. He speaks & studies the Tlingit language, and advocates for indigenous language revitalization. He is an Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages at the University of Alaska Southeast, a doctorate student at Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, and also is a  Northwest Coast Artist, musician, and filmmaker.

Tom Gamble

Tom Gamble Tlingit. Parents were the late Art Gamble, Kaagwaantaan Box house, and Anita (Duncan) Wright, Kiks.adi Clay House. Grandparents were Peter Duncan and Emma (Willis) of Duncan's Camp, Excursion Inlet, Alaska. Add former Sitka Tribal council member (3 terms) and President of Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp #1. He owns a business called Tlingit Reign, providing cultural consultation, activities and demonstrations about Tlingit people to individuals, groups, businesses and agencies. He also hunts, skins, tans, designs and sews custom made handicraft made of Alaska sea otter, seal, and leather. Tom is the Lead Academic Counselor for Goldbelt Heritage Foundation, and is responsible for the development of Service Learning curriculum, Youth Councils and family gatherings, and teaching courses for youth age 14–18. Tom loves coffee.

DaySession Information
Sunday, July 30th
This is us: Our Place, Our Stories, Our Living History
Lead Instructor
Tom Gamble
Catamaran excursion through Auke Bay to Berners Bay with community elders
Monday, July 31st
History and Meaning in the Principles and Elements of Formline Design
Lead Instructor
Lance Twitchell
Tuesday, August 1st
Getting in Touch with Self and Discovering History and Meaning Through Song, Dance, and Storytelling
Lead Instructor
Lyle James
Wednesday, August 2nd
History and Meaning through Writing about Self and Place
Lead Instructor
Ernestine Hayes
Thursday, August 3rd
Producing our Art, Producing our Words
Participants will produce an individual visual art or written expression project under the direction of lead instructors Lance Twitchell, Lyle James, and Ernestine Hayes.
Friday, August 4thProject sharing, closing ceremony, and traditional salmon bake picnic
  • Alaska Arts Education Consortium

    Alaska Arts Education Consortium

  • Juneau School District's Artful Teaching Project

    Juneau School District's Artful Teaching Project

  • Goldbelt Heritage Foundation

    Goldbelt Heritage Foundation

  • Juneau Arts and Humanities Council

    Juneau Arts and Humanities Council

  • Sealaska Heritage Foundation

    Sealaska Heritage Foundation

  • Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child

    Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child