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Glennallen High Grad Lacayah Engebretson Gives Keynote Speech At AFN Conference

18 Year Old Shows Grace, Poise As She Urges Alaska Youth To Embrace The Past -- And Build Their Own Futures 

Lena Charley with Lacayah Engebretson at AFN Convention In Anchorage
(Photo, Bearfoot Travel Guides) 


Local Glenn High graduate Lacayah Engebretson, 18, gave the keynote speech this year at the Alaska Federation of Natives Elders & Youth Conference. 

The speech was about something very common in the Copper Valley, and throughout much of Alaska: The Smokehouse. Lacayah urged others to use the smokehouse as a symbol of family, unity, and all that's good:

"Take everything you can from the smokehouse you've already been in and every smokehouse you enter from here on out. And preserve it and keep and remember it when you build your own. And when you do build your own, go ahead and add mosquito net and any new adaptations we can make."

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