17 comments on “Point Hope, Alaska: Traditional Inupiat Dancing and Drumming

  1. That was beautiful, thanks for sharing. I actually teared up a little bit, and they are not even my kids haha! I really liked how their teacher wasn’t afraid to jump right in.

  2. It’s amazing that they still sing and talk in their native language even while speaking English in day-to-day situations. They must have an amazing language teacher!

    • The students here are fortunate in that they don’t wait till high school to begin studying Inupiat. They start in pre-school, and receive lessons every day. Also, many of the adults still speak the language.

  3. It was totally awesome! Ive never met a teacher who is totally involved with her students! by embracing their culture and learning, we need more teachers like you and Jack!

    • Glad you found the video, Traci! Thanks for the reblog, too. The other very cool thing is that many of the elders are fluent in the language and still use it. There’s a lot of effort going on to get the language down and pass it on – as well as the dances and songs. It’s exciting to see!

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