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I am Yup’ik

I am Yup’ik

Essential questions: 
What are some of the consequences due to the loss of traditional culture for the Yup’ik Native community?
How might sports help to unify and empower communities?
How can Native individuals and communities stay connected with their cultural heritage while engaging with the opportunities of modern life?

Young Native Alaskans in rural villages face unique challenges due to physical isolation and the loss of traditional cultural support. Unifying projects or activities—such as basketball— can provide a lifeline for youth and communities

Students will watch a film, “I Am Yup’ik” about a 16-year-old named Byron Nicholai, a basketball player who lives in a tiny village in western Alaska and explore themes of identity, resilience, and youth empowerment.