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Honoring Alaska's Indigenous Literature

HAIL 2006 CoverHAIL 2007-08 Awards Ceremony

June 3, 2008 - 6 p.m.
Juneau, Alaska
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History of HAIL

Indigenous educators from across the state of Alaska have had numerous opportunities to meet cross-regionally and share issues and concerns of importance to them in their roles as educators. They first met as students of the ARTTC (Alaska Rural Teacher Training Corps) program and then as students of the X-CED (Cross-Cultural Education Development) program. With the formation of regional Native Educator Associations in the early 1990s to the present and the help of the Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative they continue to meet within their regional associations and in statewide Native dducators conferences. As indigenous educators they have paved new trails in curriculum development, Academy of Elders camps and many other initiatives.

A concern in the area of literature in reference to indigenous peoples led to the formation of a working committee made up of representatives from each of the regional indigenous educator associations which led to the development of the Guidelines for Respecting Cultural Knowledge. These guidelines address issues of concern in the documentation, representation and utilization of traditional cultural knowledge as they relate to the role of various participants, including Elders, authors, curriculum developers, classroom teachers, publishers and researchers.

Along with the guidelines are a set of recommendations, one of which called for establishing a prestigious award to honor indigenous Elders, authors, illustrators and others who make significant contributions to the documentation and representation of Native cultural knowledge and traditions.

The 2001 Celebration of Alaska Native Literature was the first to recognize those who have made an impact in our lives as indigenous peoples through their work in indigenous literature. We hope this was the first of many celebrations of recognizing our people in the area of literature as we choose to define literature, with an indigenous perspective.

The 2001 awards program was organized by a group called the Alaska Indigenous Literary Review Board per the above-mentioned guidelines. In the spring of 2001, the group changed its name to Honoring Alaska’s Indigenous Literature, or HAIL.

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Before Columbus Foundation American Book Awards

HAIL 2007-08 Awards Celebration
HAIL 2006 Awards Celebration
HAIL 2005 Awards Celebration
HAIL 2004 Awards Celebration
HAIL 2003 Awards Celebration
HAIL 2002 Awards Celebration
HAIL 2001 Awards Celebration

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BOOK REVIEWS

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Nallunairvik (Place of elucidation)

The mission of the Nallunairvik Yup'ik Literary Board is to read and critically review children's literature written with Yup'ik content to assure Yup'ikaccuracy and relevancy. Their reviews are a reflection of their own opinions of the books. They do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Alaska Fairbanks or the Alaska Native Knowledge Network.

Reviews by UAF Students

On occasion, instructors at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will assign indigenous book reviews to their students. The following reviews were written by students and are a reflection of their own analysis of the books. They do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Alaska Fairbanks or the Alaska Native Knowledge Network.

ED 493: Examining Alaska Children's Literature
Instructor: Esther A. Ilutsik
Spring 2004

CCS 620 : Critiquing Indigenous Literature for Alaska's Children
Instructor: Esther A. Ilutsik
Fall 2004

 

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