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Working with a Culture Bearer

In the Alutiiq world, every adult is a teacher and children learn by working closely with family members and mentors. Bring this style of teaching to your classroom by inviting a culture bearer to lead an activity. There are many knowledgeable Alutiiq people who enjoy working with students and many possible activities.In the Alutiiq world, every adult is a teacher and children learn by working closely with family members and mentors. Bring this style of teaching to your classroom by inviting a culture bearer to lead an activity. There are many knowledgeable Alutiiq people who enjoy working with students and many possible activities.

  • Ask an artist to lead a carving, sewing, or painting project.
  • Invite an Alutiiq speaker to teach Alutiiq language greetings or songs.
  • Go on a field trip with a local harvester to learn about Alutiiq plantlore.
  • Cook a traditional dish with an Alutiiq chef.
  • Work with a dancer to choreograph a class performance.
  • Interview an Elder about local history.

To discuss your project and identify a culture bearer please contact Molly Odell, 844-425-8844, x14). We will facilitate.

Tips for a successful visit
Culture bearers are esteemed members of the Alutiiq community and should be treated with the greatest respect.

  • Communicate your request carefully, clearly, and well in advance. 
  • Provide a comfortable seat for your visitor. This is especially important for Elders.
  • Schedule plenty of time for the visit, so the activity isn’t rushed and the culture bearer can share at a reasonable pace.
  • Prepare your students to be respectful listeners.
  • Do not expect your visitor to assist with classroom management. 
  • Make sure your activity is respectful of Alutiiq culture. Ask us if you are unsure.
  • Offer a modest stipend or gift of thanks.

Culture Bearer