For Shareholders

BBNC Culture Camp

We are excited to announce BBNC’s Culture Camp!

The BBNC Culture Camp is an opportunity for BBNC shareholders and descendants in grades 9-12 to share and be exposed to the cultures, languages, and traditions of the Bristol Bay region. Culture Camp is a time to come together to share and learn our ways of knowing, doing, and being as descendants of Bristol Bay’s three cultural groups: Alutiiq, Dena’ina, and Yup’ik. Participants will experience camping and living from the land through a variety of activities from local knowledge bearers from across the region. In addition, participants will be exposed to traditional crafts, language learning, and song and dance.

Through the BBNC Culture Camp, students will be exposed to:

  • Unguwacirpet (Alutiiq/Sugpiaq way of being)
  • Dena’inaq Huch’ulyeshi (Dena’ina way of being)
  • Yuuyaraq (Yup’ik/Yupiaq way of being)

The BBNC Culture Camp will take place July 25-31, 2021 on Lake Iliamna near the village of Igiugig, Alaska. Culture Camp reflects our mission to enrich our Native way of life, and we hope that participants will share what they learn with their communities, families, and serve as cultural bearers to promote and preserve Bristol Bay’s heritage. We are excited and hopeful for our first in-person Culture Camp. However, please recognize that because COVID-19 is an ever-changing situation, the camp could potentially be moved to a virtual platform. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Atkiq Snyder at msnyder@bbnc.net or 1-800-426-3602.

Who is eligible?

BBNC shareholders and descendants in grades 9-12. The number of available spaces for Culture Camp is limited. As this is a pilot year and given COVID-19 concerns, we will be keeping the group size small. Applications will be evaluated on the student’s essay, teacher/community reference, the applicants age, and ensuring equal representation for geographic regions and cultural groups.

Important Dates

Application Deadline – April 30, 2021

Applications must be received by Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Alaska time. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Culture Camp – July 25-31, 2021

  • Culture Camp: Monday-Friday, July 26-30, 2021
  • Travel Date to Camp: Sunday, July 25, 2021
  • Travel Date from Camp: Saturday, July 31, 2021

The Vision

Purpose

To create a gathering place for strengthening and embracing our relationship to our earth, people, and waters.

Values

Create a space to come together to share and learn our ways of knowing, doing, and being descendants of Bristol Bay’s three cultural groups:

  • Yuuyaraq (Yup’ik/Yupiaq way of being)
  • Dena’inaq Huch’ulyeshi (Dena’ina way of being)
  • Unguwacirpet (Alutiiq/Sugpiaq way of being)

Goals

  • Connecting youth to their heritage and building a strong sense of identity
  • Fostering a sense of belonging
  • Creating a space for cross-cultural sharing
  • Serving as a catalyst for cultural revitalization within our region

What to Expect at BBNC Culture Camp

Site Details

The camp will be located on the southern end of Lake Iliamna, near the head of the Kvichak River, close to Igiugig, Alaska. Elders will stay in housing and campers and staff will stay in tents. It is late July in Alaska so be prepared for all weather conditions.

Site Strengths

  • Cultural representation from all three Bristol Bay cultures
  • Partnerships and supports
  • Safety and access
  • Subsistence opportunities

Planned Activities

The BBNC Culture Camp will focus on Alutiiq, Dena’ina, and Yup’ik languages through an assortment of activities. Our Elders, as our knowledge bearers, will be a central part of camp. Our staff will lead a variety of activities including:

  • Salmon fishing and processing
  • Berry picking
  • Plant gathering (identification and use)
  • Language learning: Dena’ina, Sugt’stun and Yugtun
  • Traditional crafts
  • Storytelling
  • Song and dance

How to Apply for BBNC Culture Camp

The application is accessible online through our Survey Monkey Apply platform. If you are unable to apply online, please contact us to request a paper application.

At any time during the application process, you are welcome and encouraged to contact BBNC with questions or additional assistance at msnyder@bbnc.net or 1-800-426-3602.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE