Quyana Alaska

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.

2017 AFN Quyana Alaska Line-up!

Quyana Alaska I: October 19     7:00 – 11:00 pm

Minto Dancers

Atautchimukta

Nuiqsut Dance Group

Anchorage Tlingit and Haida Dancers

Nuniaq Alutiiq Dancers

King Island Singers and Dancers of Anchorage

Barrow Dancers

Co-emcees – Quyana I:

Piiyuuk Olivia Shields, Miss World Eskimo Indian Olympics

Nick “Eskimo Ninja” Hanson

Quyana Alaska II: October 20     7:00 – 11:00 pm

Lepquinm Gumilgit Gagoadim Ts’msyen Dancers

Taprarmiut Yurartet

Di’haii Gwich’in Dancers

Aangun Yatx’i

Anchorage Unangax Dancers

Acilquq Dance Group

Tikigaq Traditional Dancers

Co-emcees – Quyana II:

Caroline Wiseman, Miss Haskell, Kansas

Mattox Metcalf