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Tléixʼ Yaakw — One Canoe

Indigenous Ways of Knowing Science, Art, and Education

June 2–6, 2018

Participation limited to 100 registrants.

Contact Us

Please contact Frank Coenraad or Eleanor Oydna with any questions.

Lodging is Available!

Housing is available on the University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus.

About Tléixʼ Yaakw — One Canoe

Tléixʼ Yaakw (One Canoe) is a gathering that will convene at the University of Alaska Southeast, June 2nd -6th, 2018. The gathering will celebrate the voyages of the ocean traversing canoes, Hawai'iloa and Hōkūle'a; while acknowledging the role of Indigenous ancestral knowledge in the 21st Century. The Sitka spruce logs used to breathe life into Hawai'iloa built on the historical connection between the Indigenous people of Southeast Alaska and Native Hawaiians; and by using celestial navigation, it ventured to reawaken traditional knowledge and skills. Integration of culture and traditional knowledge into every day education will enhance every students’ connection to their learning environment, open their eyes to what has been passed down from generation to generation, and pull from the past to move toward the future.

Art and Science are deeply rooted in the teachings and practices of Indigenous peoples. This three and a half day gathering will build on current understandings by acknowledging and integrating ancestral knowledge adopted into the present. Participants will hear from experts in the field of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and navigation, arts and STEM integration, and language restoration. Forming a better understanding of these subjects will connect the learner to the existing place, culture, and values in hopes to spur a worldwide movement and grasp of Indigenous pedagogy.

Thought Leaders

Lance X̱’unei 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.

Lance Twitchell

Nainoa Thompson

Nainoa Thompson, navigator for the Polynesian Voyaging Society, has inspired and led a revival of traditional voyaging arts in Hawai'i and Polynesia-arts which have been lost for centuries due to the cessation of such voyaging and the colonization and Westernization of the Polynesian archipelagos. In 1980, Thompson became the first Hawaiian and the first Polynesian to practice the art of wayfinding on long distance ocean voyages since voyaging ended in Polynesia around the 14th century. Thompson has developed a system of wayfinding, or non-instrument navigation, synthesizing traditional principles of ancient Pacific navigation and modern scientific knowledge. This system of wayfinding is being taught in schools throughout Hawai'i the Pacific. In addition to being a navigator, Thompson is a leader with a vision, and a charismatic, spell-binding storyteller. The following accounts of the revival of voyaging and navigation in moddern times, the history of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and the Society's long-range vision and mission for rethinking the future of Hawai'i, is presented, as much as possible in Thompson's own words-from his interviews, talks and writings.

Nainoa Thompson

Dr. Linda H.L. Furuto

Dr. Furuto is a Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Prior to joining the UHM ‘Ohana, Dr. Furuto was an Associate Professor of Mathematics, Head of Mathematics and Science, and Founder of the Mathematics Center at the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu. Dr. Furuto completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles, master’s degree from Harvard University, and bachelor’s degree from BYU. Research interests include mathematics achievement, quantitative methodology, ethnomathematics, STEM education, and educational access and equity.

Linda Furuto

Excursions: Habitats

Monday and Tuesday, June 4–5 2018

Habitat guides and Cultural Specialists will take participants in small groups to 4 Southeast Alaska Habits. Physical interaction with the Ocean, Glacier, Stream, and Forest will enhance their appreciation of this land and the vibrant Southeast Alaska Native culture that has cultivated it for the past 10,000 years.

Berner's Bay

Sunday, June 3 2018

Journey to Berners Bay via Allen Marine Catamaran. Explore and discover the environmental, anthropological, and rich cultural significance of this Southeast Alaska treasure.

Schedule

Updated 5/22/2018

Haa At Wuskóoxʼu Daat Woosh Kanax̱ Gax̱tuda.áat — "We are going to gather around our wisdom."

E Ho'ulu'ulu Makou 'o Ko Makou Na'auao — "Let Us Gather Together Our Wisdom."

Saturday, June 2

UAS Egan Library: Registration and Welcome Celebration

12 p.m.
Registration Begins
1 p.m.
  • Welcome Celebration
  • Kaankageetxʼ yoo x̱ʼatánk E 'olel'o mana'o
    Thought Leader's Inspiration — Nainoa Thompson & Lieutenant. Governor Byron Mallott
  • Other Guest Speakers' Welcome Remarks (TBD)
Welcome celebration and Thought Leader's Inspiration are open to the public
4 p.m.
Conference Opening Remarks
4:30 p.m.
Meet and Greet/Salmon Bake Dinner (UAS Noyes Pavilion) Open to Conference Registrants and Invited Guests

Sunday, June 3

Berner's Bay Excursion / Petroglyph Visit

At Wuskú Kei Nas.áx̱Lingít Aaní Káa — Wisdom is Sounding Off on Tlingit Land

Lingítʼaaní káx̱yax̱adudeil — Watching Over Our Land

Haa Ḵusteeyí — Our Way of Life

8:15 a.m.
Bus leaves UAS for Statter Harbor
9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Berners Bay Excursion/Petroglyph Visit

  • Allen Marine Catamaran
  • Goldbelt Heritage Foundation and JSD Artful Teaching Program
  • Lingítʼaaní káx̱yax̱adudeil — Watching over our land: Mike Tagaban, Dan Monteith, Others TBD
  • Haa Ḵusteeyí — Our Way of Life: X’unei Lance Twitchell, Herb Sheakely

Monday, June 4

UAS Egan Library

Mālama Honua — Caring for our Island Earth

8 a.m.
Continental Breakfast (UAS Egan Library)
8:30 a.m.
  • Kaankageetxʼ yoo x̱ʼatánk E 'olel'o mana'o — Thought Leader's Inspiration and Essential Questions (X’unei Lance Twitchell)
  • Elder Response
10 a.m.
Groups A&B Load Buses
10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Át ḵaa shuwa.aadí — Ecosystem Excursions
Mālama Honua — Caring for Our Island Earth

Group A: Daaḵdé Mauka Glacier/Forest Ecosystem

  • Sítʼ Áa Hídi Mendenhall Lake House Skaters Cabin
  • Site Welcome (Liana Wallace)
  • Eco-Guides: Linda Kruger and Team

Group B: Daakdé Makai Ocean Ecosystem

  • Aanchg̱altsóow — Village That Moved Auke Rec, and Áakʼw Tá — Head of Auke Bay (UAS Anderson Building and Beach)
  • Site Welcome (Fran Houston)
  • Alaka'i ka hele Eco-Guides: Mike Navarro and Team
Box Lunches Provided
1:30 p.m.
Return to Campus (Load Buses)
2–3:30 p.m.
Woosh yoo x̱ʼaduldi.átk — Guided Dialogue Sessions
Participants Choose One of Four Sessions:
  • Dialogue 1: Ethno Mathematic: STEM Integration (Linda Furuto)
  • Dialogue 2: Revitalization of Language, Art, and Culture (X̱'unei Lance Twitchell)
  • Dialogue 3: Discovering History and Meaning through Song, Dance, and Storytelling (Lyle James)
  • Dialogue 4: Sustainability: Local and Traditional Foods (Panel: Tony Strong, Lillian Petershoare, Victoria Johnson, and John Smith)
3:30 p.m.
Break
3:45–5:15 p.m.
Woosh yoo x̱ʼaduldi.átk — Guided Dialogue Sessions
Participants Choose One of Four Sessions:
  • Dialogue 1: Malama Honua “Protecting our Island Earth” (Nainoa Thompson and Polynesian Voyaging Society)
  • Dialogue 2: The Culturally Responsive Classroom (Michelle Martin, Sasha Soboleff)
  • Dialogue 3: Our Voices, Our Art: Stories, Values, Traditions & Culture (Panel: Lyle James, others TBD)
  • Dialogue 4: 21st Century Indigeneity: Ensuring Healthy and Thriving Relationships (Jesse Morgan, others TBD)
5:15 p.m.
Gathering Space will be open for Continuing Conversations, Interactions, and Networking.

Tuesday, June 5

Haa Kusteeyi — Our Way of Life
(UAS Egan Library)

8 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30–10:30 a.m.
  • Kaankageetxʼ yoo x̱ʼatánk E 'olel'o mana'o
    Thought Leader's Inspiration and Essential Questions (Linda Furuto)
  • Elder Response
10 a.m.
Groups A&B Load Buses
10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Át ḵaa shuwa.aadí — Ecosystem Excursions
Mālama Honua — Caring for Our Island Earth

Group A: Daakdé Makai Ocean Ecosystem

  • Aanchg̱altsóow — Village That Moved Auke Rec, and Áakʼw Tá — Head of Auke Bay (UAS Anderson Building and Beach)
  • Site Welcome (Fran Houston)
  • Alaka'i ka hele Eco-Guides: Mike Navarro and Team

Group B: Daaḵdé Mauka Glacier/Forest Ecosystem

  • Sítʼ Áa Hídi Mendenhall Lake House Skaters Cabin
  • Site Welcome (Liana Wallace)
  • Eco-Guides: Linda Kruger and Team
Box Lunches Provided
Time TBD
Gathering of Canoes
Time TBD
Continuing Dialogues, Talking Story, Connecting, Networking (Sandy Beach Shelters)

Wednesday, June 6

UAS Egan Library

Act Locally — Think Globally

8 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Action Planning: Goals and Objectives (X’unei Lance Twitchell and Team)
9 a.m.
Call To Action: Strand Workgroup Planning (Ati Nasiah, Timi Tullis)
10:30 a.m.
Break
10:45 a.m.
Large Group Sharing
11:45 a.m.
Closing Remarks (X̱'unei Twitchell and UAS Chancellor Richard Caulfield, Ph.D.)
12:15 p.m.
Load buses for Mt. Roberts Tram
2 p.m.
Closing Luncheon (Mt. Roberts Tram, sponsored by Goldbelt, Inc.)
6 p.m.
Celebration Grand Entry

Action Planning Strands

  • Indigenous STEM Integration
  • Malama Honua “Protecting our Island Earth"
  • Revitalization of Language, Art, and Culture
  • Preparing Our Children for a Changing World

Ecosystem Excursions — Át ḵaa shuwa.aadí

Ecosystem Guides will assist participants in exploring the significance of these Southeast Alaska Ecosystems:

  • Ocean Ecosystem Excursion will take place at Aanchgaltsóow — Village That Moved Auke Rec, and Áakʼw Tá — Head of Auke Bay (UAS Anderson Science Building/Beach)
  • Glacier/Forest Ecosystem Excursion will take place at Sítʼ Áa Hídi — Mendenhall Lake House Skaterʼs Cabin

Professional Development Credit (Optional)

Course Description

As part of the Tleix Yaakw — One Canoe event you have the option of registering for professional development (three credits).

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