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Students of Vida Davis continue her legacy

Vida Davis played a vital role in Tlingit language revitalization in Sitka. (photo courtesy of Heather Powell)

Vida Davis played a vital role in Tlingit language revitalization in Sitka. (photo courtesy of Heather Powell)

Vida Susan Davis, a native elder, and leader of Tlingit language revitalization in Sitka died earlier this month. 35 years a Tlingit language instructor, Davis helped many Sitkans develop a cultural identity. Two of Davis’s long-time students, Nancy Douglas and Heather Powell talk about her legacy. They say that thanks to Davis and other native elders they have the tools to continue teaching Tlingit culture.

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