On October 26, Dr. Rosita Worl made a speech at the annual AFN Convention. Worl’s speech addressed Alaska Native identity, and its role in promoting healthy communities and ensuring Native cultural survival.
According to Worl, the basic components of Native identities are blood or kinship, land and community.
“Our relationship to the land, to the environment and to our community explains why subsistence is so important to Native people. Our relationship to one another explains why we are obligated to share the bounty of the land with our family and community. Our relationship and obligations to our clan or our group remains why we have survived as Native people.”