Marjorie Tahbone

Iñupiaq summit in Kotzebue focuses on relationship-building

Feb 8, 2019

Iñupiaq language revitalization efforts continued at a summit held Jan. 24-25 in Kotzebue.

The Iñupiaq summit in Kotzebue aimed to serve as a meeting of Iñupiat largely from the North Slope, Northwest Arctic and Bering Straits regions. The summit differs from “Ilisaqativut,” a two-week long learning intensive held in Nome, in that it primarily stressed relationship building across regions.

Since 2012, a group of scholars forming the Alaska Native Studies Council hosts an Alaska Native Studies Conference.  Colleges involved include Ilisagvik College, University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Alaska Southeast.  This year's theme is "Sustaining Indigenous Livelihoods"  This year's keynote speech is open to the public, April 8th, the speaker is celebrated leader in Canadian education and human rights Sheila Watt-Cloutier, author of "The Right to be Cold," which is also the title of the keynote address.  The Young Leaders Keynote Panel, Olivi