Building Relationships

An Intercultural History of Jilkaat Aani (Territory) 1867 - Present

Daniel Henry, Instructor, with Robin Grace, Native & non-Native Elders

Open to the public: Morning sessions are $10 each or $25 for all three sessions.

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Afternoon sessions are for registered University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) students only.

*ED S593 UAS credit is available at $90 for 1 or 2 credits plus $25 Registration. Total: $115                  Call Haines Community Education to register for credit: 907-766-6727

Three Sessions 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (public) (UAS)                                            
12:00 – 1:15 PM Community Pot Luck - please bring a dish to share

Session 1: Thursday, June 5, 2014  
Fort Seward Tribal House
"A Continuous Show of Force:" Fort Seward and the Chilkat Threat

Session 2: Thursday, July 3, 2014      
Klukwan Tribal House
The Enduring Legacy of Louis Shotridge

Session 3: Thursday, August 8, 2014  
Haines ANB Hall
Natural Resources and Culture in Jilkaat Aani (1959-2014)

Native and non-Native Chilkat Valley residents have collaborated with each other since missionaries arrived in the early 1880s. They have, at times, also experienced considerable tension and conflict. These discussions about the history of local Native/non-Native relationships are meant to bring light to historical events to deepen our understanding of who we are as a community. 

Writer/teacher Dan Henry will review highlights in local intercultural history of the Chilkat Valley from Alaska Purchase through today. Psychotherapist Robin Grace will scaffold mental health implications onto historical events, the effects of which still resonate today.

UAS credit is available at $90 for 1 OR 2 credit hours plus $25 Registration: Total: $115. Call: 907-766-6727 to register for credit


For all participants, morning sessions are $10 per session or $25 for three. Afternoon sessions are for UAS students only.

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One (1) credit: Attend all sessions as well as the following 12:00-1:00 hour of each with instructor (DH) and student break-out groups. Submit a typed copy of notes, read selected materials, submit short paper or talk about a related topic.


Two (2) credits: Same as above plus three more 4-hour group sessions with instructor in the field (i.e. Chilkoot River, Yandeistakye, archeological sites)a paper AND a talk. 


Dan Henry ~ author, local historian, professor, will present a history of relations betwen Natives and non-Natives in Chilkat-Chilkoot territory in an extensive chronology of rhetorical encounters. The course will engage local Native and non-Native elders to add their thoughts to the record of historical events. Pychotherapist Robin Grace will contribute a psychological perspective to sessions 2 & 3. Attendees will gain:

  • Awareness of intercultural issues that arose from non-Native settlement

  • Awareness of the different communication styles of Natives and non-Natives

  • Awareness of the relational dynamics between Natives and non-Natives and the roots of contemporary issues in the Chilkat Valley

Robin Grace LCSW, ~ psychotherapist, will contribute ideas and questions from emotional, relational and psychological perspectives.

ED S593 UAS credit is available at $90 for 1 or 2 credits, plus $25 Registration for 1 or 2 credits. Total: $115. Call Haines Community Education to register for credit: 907-766-6727

This UAS course is an Alaska Arts Confluence collaboration with Chilkoot Indian Association, Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center, Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center and Haines Community Education in Haines, Alaska.

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