Our traditional dances remain the lifeblood of our culture and our communities: they sustain us and connect us with our rich cultural history. Passed from generation to generation, our dances ensure that the many distinct Native cultures across Alaska remain connected to their origins. For over 20 years, Alaska Natives have come together in dance to celebrate Quyana Alaska during AFN’s Annual Convention.
First introduced at the 1982 Convention, Quyana Alaska was designed to restore our traditional dances and ensure that they were passed on to the future generations. To date, over 200 different dance groups have performed at Native gatherings across the state. The cultural revival has certainly exploded across rural Alaska, and Quyana Alaska is now a treasured highlight of each and every Convention.
2016 AFN Quyana Alaska Line-up!
Thursday, October 20, 7 – 11 PM
Inu~Yupiaq Dance Group
Imam Caniani Agnguartet (Dancers by the Sea)
Steven’s Village Dance Group
Tanana Traditional Dancers
Qikiqtagruk Northern Lights Dancers
Nelson Island Dancers
Friday, October 21, 7 – 11 PM
Di’haii Gwich’in Dancers
Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers
Qalgimiut Dance Group