By Mark C. Robinson
Wrangell Sentinel 

Mural painting provides student another way to explore Tlingit culture


January 24, 2024

Mark C. Robinson / Wrangell Sentinel

High school senior Mia Wiederspohn poses in front of her senior project - a formline design mural of two ravens she painted on the retail shop B.B. Brock's near the City Dock.

Throughout her high school years, senior Mia Wiederspohn has been very invested in "everything Tlingit," learning Indigenous studies and its history in Wrangell.

She worked with mentor and teacher Xwaanlein Virginia Oliver to learn the language, then assisted Oliver to create the radio show "The Application of Learning Tlingit Language," 41 three- to five-minute episodes teaching words and phrases.

She also created and hosted her own five-episode radio program called "Mia's Gift," sharing her experiences with the language, traditional stories and the history of the Wrangell Institute, the A...

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