Culture Camp 2009

In 2009 Qagan Tayagungin had a total of 79 students from kindergarten through twelfth grade attend camp.  Thirty three students in grades fifth through twelfth attended from 9:00 - 5:00 on Monday through Friday of both weeks.  Thirty six students students in kindergarten through fourth grades attended for two to three hours on Monday through Friday of both weeks.  This has been the biggest attendance of campers since camp began in 2000.

We also had classes for adults in the evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 on Monday through Friday and ahad a total of 35 adults attend, competing various projects. 

This years projects included: drum making in which we have completed 61 drums, aleut bentwood hats which we started 24 new hats with about 14 completed with the rest to be completed next year, Bering sea headdresses in which 22 were completed, full crown headdresses in which 10 were started with 7 being completed, Regalia in which 8 were completed which were started from last year and 10 new ones started to be completed next year during camp.  We also beaded barretts and glass balls with 8 new barrettes and 10 glass balls being completed.  In addition, about 12 different types of baleen art carvings were done this year.

Lisa Matlock from the Homer USF&W reserve taught the children about plants, birds and lots of tide pooling and collecting from the beaches.  She also brought digital cameras for the children to use and copied off folders of pictures for them.  All the kids had a great time taking all kids of different pictures.