Photo: Tlingit Totem Pole and community house in Totem Bight State Park, Ketchikan, Alaska.
This week, we head to Southeast Alaska.
In “Tao of Raven,” Ernestine Hayes, the author of Blonde Indian and a professor at UAS and UAA, weaves the story of Raven stealing the light with her own memoirs. In the documentary “Walking Two Worlds” we follow two siblings as they trace the affects of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, known as ANCSA, on their communities and each other.
This week read and watch the following articles and then answer the question below:
*’Tao of Raven‘ by Ernestine Hayes in Mud City Journal
*Walking in Two Worlds movie directed by Bo Boudart (located in blackboard resource section)
Can native culture change? Walking in Two Worlds discusses the problems with turning tribes into corporations. Many, however, extol ANCSA as the best Native Policy in the country. Where do you see the lines and clashes between ancient and modern ways of seeing? What do you think Walking in Two Worlds was advocating for? What do you think Ernestine Hayes argues for? Do they come to any conclusions? Do they have to?
Jump over to slack to discuss.