SEARHC hosts culture camp during Bearfest


August 1, 2019

Courtesy of Tammi Meissner

Annika and Solvay Gillen carve their paddles during last week's culture camp, hosted by SEARHC.

SEARHC hosted an Alaska Native culture camp during Wrangell's annual Bearfest this past week. Running from July 24 to 28, the camp invited anybody interested to come together to make paddles and headbands, and to learn more about Wrangell's native culture.

"The high school shop was where we were doing the paddle making, then we had the sewing in the middle school commons with our elder, Donna Kuntz," Tammi Meissner said.

The wood for the paddles was donated by the Sealaska Corporation, Meissner said. Participants got to hand-sand their paddles and paint them. As most of the participants wer...

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