Second Immersion Camp in Port Graham Set for July 28-August 8.

John Moonin

John Moonin

Port Graham is excited to be planning its second immersion camp scheduled for July 28 to August 8, 2014.

“The kids can’t wait for the camp,” said Pat Norman, First Chief of the Port Graham Village Council. “During last year’s camp, they didn’t want to leave after the daily lessons were completed.”

The camp is Sugt’sturllinaq Nupu- glluta: We Only Speak Sugt’stun. It is designed to be a fun but intense two weeks of cultural activities for students K–12 experienced completely in Sugt’stun, the native language of the Chugach Region.

“The village really saw the benefits of last year’s camp. Parents were amazed at what the kids accomplished and their fluency in the language by the end of the week.”
– Pat Norman, First Chief of the Port Graham Village Council

Pauline Demas and Rhoda Moonin

Pauline Demas and Rhoda Moonin

This past November, camp organizers met for three days to plan the upcoming event. The committee established the theme of “Foraging for Plants.” The activities will be based on the heritage kits designed by the Chugachmiut Heritage Preservation Program. These include “The Healing Power of Alaska’s Plants”, “Gathering Plants to Eat” and “Grass and Plant Fibers.” Regional Elders designed these kits based on the traditional knowledge passed down through generations for using plants as medicine and food.

Pat Norman and Kathy Brewster

Pat Norman and Kathy Brewster

Attending the meeting were Elders John Moonin of Port Graham, Kathy Brewster and Pauline Demas, both of Nanwalek; Pat Norman; Rhoda Moonin, Regional Language Coordinator from Nanwalek; and Mike Travis, Project Evaluator.

This will be the second of three immersion camps funded by the Administration for Native Americans with additional funding from the Port Graham Village Council.

The first lasted one week, the third planned for the summer of 2015 will be three weeks.

“The village really saw the benefits of last year’s camp,” said Pat Norman. “Parents were amazed at what the kids accomplished and their fluency in the language by the end of the week.” 

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