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Alutiiq campout: Fun in another language
by Julie Herrmann
Jun 13, 2014 | 101 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
2013 Alutiiq Immersion Campout participants carve with Dr. Sven Haakanson, Jr., left, as Elder Florence Pestrikoff watches. (Photo courtesy Brittany Emerick)
2013 Alutiiq Immersion Campout participants carve with Dr. Sven Haakanson, Jr., left, as Elder Florence Pestrikoff watches. (Photo courtesy Brittany Emerick)
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Florence Pestrikoff, left, Candace Branson and Marya Halvorsen harvest chitons at Holiday Beach during the 2013 campout. (Photo courtesy Brittany Emerick)
Florence Pestrikoff, left, Candace Branson and Marya Halvorsen harvest chitons at Holiday Beach during the 2013 campout. (Photo courtesy Brittany Emerick)
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2013 campout participants play "Laptuk," Alutiiq Baseball, at Holiday Beach. (Photo courtesy Brittany Emerick)
2013 campout participants play "Laptuk," Alutiiq Baseball, at Holiday Beach. (Photo courtesy Brittany Emerick)
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A two-day campout presents students with the opportunity to get immersed in Alutiiq culture, language and history.

The Alutiiq museum and Kodiak Island Borough School District host a campout in Alutiiq language and culture on Monday at Holiday Beach starting at 10 a.m. It runs through Tuesday. People can also take part in the events without staying overnight.

There will be Alutiiq speakers and elders there who will help with learning and speaking the language.

“We’ll have a variety of different activities; these typically look like collecting beach greens, playtime for small children, some carving and then beach games,” said Marya Halvorsen, the Alutiiq Museum’s cultural education specialist. “There’s a traditional game that’s similar to baseball.”

Participants will also learn Alutiiq songs, cultural dances, make crafts from things collected on the beach and collect food from the beach.

“This is a unique opportunity to spend a fun day doing what people usually do but learning the Alutiiq language for the things you’re doing,” Halvorsen said.

During the day, food will be provided. Overnight campers should bring food for themselves or to share for dinner.

Some transportation is available to drop people off at the beach in the morning and pick them up again in the evening. Sign-ups for that should be done in advance.

Registration packets for the campout are available at the Alutiiq Museum.

The campout will be at Holiday Beach, out Rezanof Drive past the airport and Bells Flats.

The campout is free, but registration should be done in advance by contacting Halvorsen at 486-7004 x22 or marya@alutiiqmuseum.org.

“It’s a really enjoyable and fun atmosphere for learning language,” Halvorsen said. “It’s a tool to engage youth and family members and the community in the Alutiiq language so it can be sustainable at home.”

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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