Daytime Conference & Chin'an Evening Peformance

First Alaskans Institute’s 36th Annual Elders & Youth Conference (Elders & Youth) theme, “Qaneryararput Yugtun Riniqerput/Qaneryararput Cugtun Kayuqerput,” celebrates the beauty and importance of Alaska Native languages. This year’s conference will kick off with a Warming of the Hands pre-conference gathering on Sunday, October 13 with the main conference taking place October 14-16 at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. Elders & Youth provides a special opportunity to make connections, reinforce identity and belonging, explore art and issues, and contribute to the greater community through the transference of knowledge between our generations.

The Elders & Youth theme, “Qaneryararput Yugtun Riniqerput/Qaneryararput Cugtun Kayuqerput,” fluidly translates to “Language is Our Super Power”, and honors how we are stronger with our languages. When spoken, they connect us to our Ancestors, our lands, waters and animals, provide healing, and instruct us in living our ways of life. Our languages reside within us and we are responsible for putting them to use for a stronger future; upholding this responsibility, First Alaskans will choose a different Alaska Native language each year to highlight with our theme. This year, we selected the Yugtun and Cugtun languages, spoken by Yup’ik and Cup’ik peoples of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta region.

Alaska Native dancing, drumming and singing are a vital importance to our way of life and celebrate our languages. This Call for Alaska Native Dance Groups & Performers is for groups and individuals wishing to share their indigenous cultures and languages through dance or other mediums. Groups and performers will be included in the daytime agenda, as well as an opportunity to perform during Chin’an: A Night of Cultural Celebration the evening of Monday, October 14.
 
Submission of the following information is not a guarantee of selection or performance. If selected, your group will be contacted by the Elders & Youth organizers to finalize your group’s ability to participate, and the specific time although we do work with groups to determine availability. The Elders & Youth Conference is televised statewide and is globally available via webcast. Sharing during the Elders & Youth is a great way to share your culture and promote our languages.

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* 1. Please review the following:
  • We prefer groups who have strong participation from our youth and very young dancers and our experienced dancers—intergenerational membership is a plus; 
  • If your group is selected, we will offer a $500 honorarium following your performance (a W-9 form must be completed) in appreciation of your group’s time and participation at Elders & Youth; 
  • We DO NOT provide travel or accommodations funds;
  • We cannot store drums or other items overnight—all performers must bring what they need for the performance, in and out of the dressing rooms provided.

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* 2. Dance Group or Performer Contact Information (enter N/A if it is not applicable to you)

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* 3. Please provide a short description of your dance group or individual performer, this description will be used during Elders & Youth and Chin'an. You can include information about:
  • When you started performing;
  • What your group/individual performer name means;
  • How many youth participate;
  • How many Elders participate;
  • Why is performing important to you;
  • How often you practice.

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* 4. Please share any questions or additional comments you have about performing during Elders & Youth.

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