Mailee: Moving Forward with Tradition

This after-school story and film workshop at the Bettye Davis East High School (2019) was led collaboratively by See Stories and Story Works, and generously funded by the Alaska Community Foundation. Students developed first person stories to create podcasts to share their cultures through each students’ unique lens.

Mailee discovers the music of the Qeej. She speaks about being discouraged by past Hmong gender roles when it came to the instrument. She bravely speaks up and not only makes herself proud but her elders as well. She finds a passion for music and the Qeej while carrying on her family’s traditions and culture.

Workshop Info

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Land Acknowledgement

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