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 35 years, Alaska Natives have come together in dance to celebrate Quyana Alaska during the annual AFN Convention.

First introduced at the 1982 Convention, Quyana Alaska was designed to restore our traditional dances and ensure that they were passed onto future generations. To date, over 300 different dance groups have performed at the Quyana Alaska gatherings. The cultural revival has certainly exploded across rural Alaska, and Quyana Alaska is now a treasured highlight of each and every Convention.

The AFN Convention and Quyana 1 and 2 are broadcast live on gavel-to-gavel television on GCI Channel 907 and Internet. The broadcasts reach thousands of remote communities throughout Alaska and through the Internet, around the world. Estimated audience ranges from 10,000 – 40,000 viewers during primetime.

Quyana 1

Thursday, October 17, 2019
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Carlson Center, Fairbanks

Quyana 2

Friday, October 18, 2019
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Carlson Center, Fairbanks

Additional Quyana Information:

Please read carefully the following guidelines for interested dance groups:

  1. Program Structure: There are two nights of Quyana Alaska, traditionally held on Thursday and Friday evenings of the annual AFN Convention, and are advertised as Quyana 1 and Quyana 2. Seven dance groups perform each night, meaning 14 groups total are selected from the 30-40 applications to perform we receive annually. Typically, two groups will be selected as alternates and will be informed immediately if a group cancels.

  2. All applications are due June 14, 2019. Dance group selections and notifications will be made by July 11, 2019. You will receive an invitation letter by email. You must confirm with AFN staff your group’s acceptance to perform by July 31, 2019.

  3. Each dance group will have a maximum of 30 minutes total to perform.

  4. Please provide a brief biography as part of this application. This will be used for the co-emcees to announce during Quyana Alaska. If you want to revise the biography, revisions will be due by August 8, 2019.

  5. On August 8, 2019, dance groups will receive an email notification regarding which night your group has been assigned to perform and the line up.

  6. Each dance group shall indemnify, defend, save and hold the Alaska Federation of Natives, SMG, the Carlson Center, and the Fairbanks North Star Borough harmless from any claim, lawsuit or liability, including costs and reasonable attorney’s fees allegedly arising from loss or stolen items, damage or injury to persons or property occurring in the course of the space rental during load in, set up, operation and load out of the Quyana Alaska, October 17 and 18, 2019.

  7. Confirmed dance groups will notify AFN immediately in writing if they are unable to attend. (Email notification is preferred.)

  8. In the event of Convention and Quyana Alaska cancellation due to fire, venue closure, Acts of God or other causes beyond AFN's control, AFN or its agents shall not be held liable for failure to hold the Convention.

Additional Notes:

  • Dance groups are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs.

  • Dance group badges which are issued for security purposes and backstage access will be available for pick-up at the AFN Info Desk during the Convention.

  • If you have small children, we request you watch them carefully and ensure they are under adult supervision at all times.

Submit your 2019 Quyana Alaska Application here!
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