Dranjiik Gwich’in Culture and Wellness Camp
The Dranjiik Gwich’in Culture and Wellness Camp was held July 9th – 13th a short boat ride away from Chalkyitsik at David Salmon Kids Camp, on the Black River. There was over 60 participants ranging from 4 years old to Elders from the villages of Chalkyitsik, Venetie, Ft. Yukon, Beaver, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau, and Homer. Attendees participated in wellness activities such as wellness and prevention and healthy parenting and families, and water safety by the State of Alaska. The Dranjiik Gwich’in camp’s cultural focus was on native language through writing, drawing and singing, sewing & beading, harvesting/cooking/preserving food, and demonstration on tanning a caribou hide and traditional tools used.