Latseen Hoops: Tlingit language and basketball


Greg Knight

Tymon Teat and Michael Smith vie for the ball during a session of the Latseen Hoop Camp at the Old Gym on Monday.

The Sealaska Heritage Institute “Latseen Hoop Camp,” which started on Monday at the Old Gym, features a combination of Tlingit language directions mixed with muscle-memory basketball as a way of teaching not only the sounds, but also meanings of words in the Native language of Southeast.

Basketball fundamentals such as offensive and defensive skills are also taught and are at the core of the program – along with a set of lessons designed to teach leadership and cultural pride.

According to the SHI website, programs such as the Hoop Camp are good for the community because, “sports ar...

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