Quyana Alaska


Our traditional dances remain the lifeblood of our culture and our communities. They sustain and connect us with our rich cultural history. Passed down 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 AFN Convention, Quyana Alaska was initially introduced as a ‘thank you’ from AFN to Alaskans statewide for supporting the Native community in a pro-subsistence vote. ‘Quyana’ means ‘thank you’ in Yup’ik. Through the years, this cultural celebration has helped restore our traditional dances and ensure they are passed onto future generations. Quyana Alaska has expanded to two evenings featuring 14 groups from across the state. In all, more than 200 different dance groups have performed. 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 I and II 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.




2021 Quyana Online Application Form

Applications are due on June 18, 2021.


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  • AFN often provides opportunities during the Main Convention Agenda and related events for dance groups to perform. Here is a list of potential performance opportunities taking place outside of Quyana Alaska:

    • A performance at the start of each morning plenary session.
    • Occasionally we request a dance group to perform as a way to welcome an honored guest or dignitary during the plenary sessions.
    • AFN sometimes organizes special receptions following plenary sessions in which we request a dance group to perform.
    • A closing performance late Saturday afternoon.
    • A performance for the banquet Saturday evening.
  • Notification letters will be sent via email on July 9, 2021. AFN does not cover travel and lodging expenses, however a small honorarium will be paid after the Quyana Alaska performances.
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