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Friday Night Insight & Special Programs
Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

November 2002
Celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month

Every Friday evening from 7 to 8 PM the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center at 50 Main Street presents free audiovisual and speaker programs in the theater. We invite you to join us for education and entertainment about Alaska's ecosystems, wildlife, natural resources, public lands and Native Cultures.


Friday - November 1: Cedar Bark Baskets - Basket weavers Cynthia Llanos and Eliasica Timmerman will talk about the process in making cedar bark baskets and the traditions they continue to weave as they work on this art form.


Brown Bag Video Series:
Wednesday November 6, 12:00 noon. The Smart One.
In this 25-minute video Master Tahltan-Tlingit Carver Dempsey Bob talks about his culture and his carving.


Friday - November 8: Underwater Realms: An "aFISHYanado's" Tour of Some of the World's Coolest Aquarium Exhibits - In over 30 years of combined experience working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California, a three member our team has had the pleasure of visiting many of the aquariums in the United States, Canada, and Japan, and has worked with staff at just about every major aquarium in the world. In this presentation the team will share some of the most compelling exhibits, animals, and plants displayed in the world's aquariums--from crowd-pleasing sharks, to the simple but elegant jellyfish, to never-before-seen deep-sea animals.


Special Program:
Tuesday November 12, 7:00 PM - Subsistence Gathering -
Dolly Garza, with the University of Alaska Marine Advisory Program, will present on cultural and nutritional subsistence uses in southeast Alaska. Her presentation will include a slide show along with a few samples to taste test.


Brown Bag Video Series:
Wednesday November 13, 12:00 noon. Three videos: The Bear Stands Up.
This 29-minute video is a portrait of Tlingit elder Esther Shea of the Tongass Bear Clan. Esther has dedicated her life to teaching the language, songs and values of the Tlingit traditional life in Southeast Alaska. The Box of Daylight ­ A Tlingit Myth of Creation. This 9-minute video fuses the art and mythology of the Tlingit Natives of Southeast Alaska in dramatic presentation. This version of their story features Raven, the Trickster, in a tale that is at once unique and yet strikingly similar to other great myths of the world. Appropriate for young children. Totems and Timber. This 11-minute video was originally a film produced by the US Forest Service in the early 1950's.


Friday - November 15: The Guardians of the Land - Discussions about the First Peoples of the Tongass, their history and traditional cultural properties and contemporary cultural resource management issues by Forest Service Archeologist John Autrey and Merle Hawkins.


Brown Bag Video Series:
Wednesday November 20, 12:00 noon. Hands of the Raven ­
This one-hour documentary examines one of the greatest and most artful cultures in human history. It documents the indigenous people of Canada's Pacific Northwest coast, but not as a distant anthropological exploration, nor as museum dust, but as a living legacy to the culture and artists who have created it


Friday - November 22: Alaska Native Brotherhood & Alaska Native Sisterhood - discover what these organizations offer our community and the native people of Alaska. A brief installation of officers' ceremony will follow the program and refreshments will be served.


Brown Bag Video Series:
Wednesday November 27, 12:00 noon. Navajo Code Talkers ­
This 55 minute brilliant and fast-paced video brings to life the compelling story of the Navajo Code Talkers whose amazing skills played a vital role in WWII from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima to Okinawa.




Brown Bag Video Series - All videos will be shown in the Learning Center at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center at 50 Main Street in Ketchikan. Admission is free and you are welcome to enjoy your lunch during the program. For more information call Sandy Skrien at 228-6247 or the front desk at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center at 288-6220.


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