Aandeiyeen illustrates the disconnect between our traditional leadership structures and our anglo inspired and sponsored leadership:Acknowledgment of clans and clan leaders protocol; evolving versus adopting
I had been to a few Native Issues forums before and the master of ceremonies (depending on who it was) rarely acknowledged the Auk Kwaan people for allowing the gathering to take place on their land. Rarely were clan leaders acknowledged, yet various people from Sealaska or Central Council- even interns- got acknowledged. I was disappointed that the last guest speaker, Governor Parnell, did a better job than the master of ceremonies of acknowledging the prominent elders and clan leaders in the crowd. This is only an example; there are other instances where we fail to acknowledge those that are important. How many dance groups thank Sealaska for hosting Celebration but don’t thank the Auk Kwaan for being on their land?