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Native Oratory Contest: THANK YOU!
By Cara Wallace


March 11, 2009

Thank you to everyone who made Ketchikan's first Native Oratory Contest (held on February 16) a success! The Native Oratory Contest was a contemporary way of celebrating Alaska Native peoples' oral traditions. Oral traditions tell us who we are and where we come from, they connect us to our ancestors, affirm our relationships with one another, and help us navigate the future. One of Alaska's most famous orators was Elizabeth Peratrovich, who spoke with conviction, honesty, poise and eloquence when she addressed the territorial legislature to advocate for our collective civil rights. It was especially fitting that we celebrated the exchange of Native knowledge, ideas and history on the same day Alaska honors Elizabeth Peratrovich's legacy.

Results of the contest include:

Grand Prize Winner - Jomarie Alba
1st Place Oratory - Katrina Monta
1st Place Dramatic Declamation - JoMarie Alba
1st Place Storytelling - Leroy Wallace
2nd Place Oratory - Chevela Mathews
2nd Place Dramatic Declamation - Willard Jackson Sr.
2nd Place Storytelling - Terri Burr
3rd Place Oratory - Louise Bryant

Our Grant Prize Winner had the opportunity to compete at the regional contest in Juneau and she took 3rd Place in the Dramatic Declamation category. Way to go!

Thank you to all of our esteemed judges: Mary Jones, ANS Grand Camp President Emeritus; Priscilla Schulta, UAS Professor of Anthropology; Jeanne Sande, Speech & Debate Coach extraordinaire; Elizabeth Nelson, First City Players Creative Director; Richard Jackson, ANB Executive Committee Member; and Keith Smith, First City Players Managing Director. Prizes were sponsored by: Ketchikan Indian Community, ANB/ANS Camp #14, Tlingit & Haida Ketchikan Chapter, University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan, Parnassus Books and Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. Much gratitute is also extended to: ANB/ANS Camp #15, Elizabeth Peratrovich Day Co-Chairs Winona Wallace and Victoria Canul Dunne, Sonja Skan, John Wallace and the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center staff.

We look forward to next year's competition!

Gunalcheesh & Haw'aa,

Cara Wallace
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Tribal Education Specialist for Ketchikan Indian Community"

Received March 11, 2009 - Published March 11, 2009


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