#ThrowbackThursday to the Ya Ne Dah Ah School, a 2002 Honoring Nations honoree dedicated to arming community youth with the skills necessary to thrive in a modern world while retaining traditional knowledge and practices. When Honoring Nations awarded Ya Ne Dah Ah, the School was Alaska’s only tribally owned and operated full-time primary school and day care facility. Since the beginning, elders of Chickaloon and Athabascan villages taught their youth about life through Ya Ne Dah Ah stories. Ya Ne Dah Ah School served as a method of bringing back this way of teaching their young people and continues to teach, preserve, and rejuvenate Ahtna Athabascan language, songs, culture, earth stewardship, and history.
Since being awarded the School has grown from a one-room schoolhouse to a full-time teaching facility. The independent school has created cultural standards that meet both Athabascan traditional values and beliefs as well as western educational standards. As a result the Ya Ne Dah Ah students’ CAT scores are higher than their national counterparts and they also learn Ahtna Athabascan history, language, music, and art from their elders. They also learn science and math from tribal foresters, environmentalists, and computer technicians. The Ya Ne Dah Ah School currently teaches kindergarten through high-school with plans to grow in the future.
To learn more about the Ya Ne Dah Ah School, check out their Honoring Nations case study on our website at: http://bit.ly/2tWE0cj
To follow what the Ya Ne Dah Ah School is up to today, check out their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Ya-Ne-Dah-Ah-School-102187493174483/about/?ref=page_internal, or read more on their website at:http://www.chickaloon.org/departments/education/yaschool/