The Scollons also comment on the distinct manner in which the disparate groups will handle communication with an unfamiliar person: "If they don't know each other well, the English speaker will start talking to find out what the Athabaskan is like, while the Athabaskan will wait to see what the other person is like" (26-7).
The video Interethnic Communication features Eliza Jones, an Athabaskan woman, and Ron Scollon roleplaying an encounter between Native and mainstream individuals in an official setting--here a job interview--and then discussing the larger meaning of that meeting.
TCC's goal for the coming year, according to Mayo, is to mobilize Interior Athabaskans politically.
A burgeoning social, political and economic giant in Alaska's Interior, TCC is dedicated to strengthening the Athabaskan people and their culture.
TCC is a consortium of 43 Athabaskan villages spanning 235,000 square miles of the Alaska interior, an area slightly less in size than the state of Texas.
The Tanana Chiefs Conference is a modern descendant of traditional gatherings of Athabaskan leaders at Nu-cha-la-woy-a, the Athabaskan name for the confluence of the TAnana and Yukon rivers, where the village of Tanana now stands.