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Alaska Native elders, youth, want traditions saved

Fairbanks, Alaska (AP) October 2010

Alaska Native elders and young people are being urged to take the time to talk to each other in order to help preserve their languages and traditions.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that Eliza Jones, keynote speaker at the First Alaskans Institute’s Elders and Youth Conference in Fairbanks, says both generations will need patience and determination.

The 72-year-old Jones told the conference she has watched her culture change, with mainstream American habits replacing traditional storytelling.

Jones said her family used to tell bedtime stories that would be repeated by the children the next day to prove retention and active listening.



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