What are Culture Camps?

Umkumiut (near Toksook Bay) June 2018

Akiak (three miles upriver) July 2018

St. Mary’s (15 miles up North Fork of Andreafski) July 2018

Umkumiut (June 11-17, 2019)

Eek River (July 9-15, 2019)

Scammon Bay (Kun River) (July 23-29, 2019)

2020-2021 Culture Camps

Umkumiut (June 2021)

Who We Are

“We call ourselves Yupiit, “Real People.”  In our language yuk means “person” or “human being.”  Then we add pik, meaning “real” or “genuine.”  We are the real people.”

-Paul John, Calista Elder

The Culture Camps will provide an opportunity for 7th and 8th grade students to learn subsistence hunting, fishing, and harvesting activities from Elders and other camp staff from the Yukon Kuskokwim and the Coastal regions of the YK Delta.  The youth will learn Yup’ik/Cup’ik cultural skills, history and values.  In addition to practicing leadership roles, they will also learn why it is important to protect and respect wildlife and habitat in our region.

Culture Camp Objectives:

2018 Culture Camps

a) Have the opportunity to teach our young people about Yup’ik/Cup’ik “way of life”
b) Acquire subsistence skills and knowledge necessary to become self-sufficient adults, prepared to take care of their families as well as the broader village community.
c) Learn traditional values, reconnecting them with their culture and, as a result, helping to continue the Yup’ik/Cup’ik way of life.
d) Appreciate how hard work accompanies success as a leaders, hunter, fisherman and provider.
e) Develop a sense of respect and care for their natural surroundings.
f) Learn domestic skills.
g) Understand and practice the virtues of sharing and cooperation.
h) See how humor and play are so important to subsistence activities.
i) Learn the importance of humility during subsistence activities.
j) Grow in their understanding of life’s spiritual connectedness, and how that connectedness impacts their success as a leader, hunter, fisherman and gatherer, as well as their ability “to be full” as a human being.
k) Understand their role in the Yup’ik/Cup’ik “way of doing things” and develop a sense of responsibility to their          culture’s continuation.
l) As future leaders develop an understanding that they will play a role in protecting wildlife and habitat in our region.

2019 Culture Camps