Memory for survival: Land-based pedagogy in interior Alaska

Theme 1. Environmental protection
Session Name 1.3 Food security and One Health perspectives
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter
Author(s) Shiaki Kondo (Hokkaido University, Japan )
Abstract text

This paper deals with how Alaskan Athabascans teach younger generations “traditional” subsistence activities through culture camp. One of the aims of the camps is to bring youths and elders together in fishing/hunting places in order to pass on the knowledges and memories regarding subsistence ways of living as well as the worldview associated with them. Culture camps have been studied by education researchers as an example of place-based education that helps indigenous youths to have pride in their own cultures. I argue that culture camp is not only an example of place-based education but also that of education for food sovereignty and security. In culture camps, memories of the places and of the subsistence activities that took places on them are passed down to the next generations. According to the Athabsacan elders, this sharing of memories is a way to prepare for the possible future where people “go back to the old days” and have very limited access to what they call “whiteman food” (i.e. processed food).

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