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 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 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.
For the 2020 virtual convention, AFN presents the rebroadcast of selections of outstanding performances at Quyana Alaska from previous years.
Line-up for Quyana I: Thursday, October 15
- Aangun Yatx’i
- Barrow Dancers
- Minto Dancers
- Anchorage Unangax Dancers
- Qikiqtagruk Northern Lights Dancers of Kotzebue
- Kluti-Kaah Dancers (Copper Center)
- Nelson Island Dancers (Toksook Bay)
Line-up for Quyana II: Friday, October 16
- Tanana Traditional Dancers
- King Island Singers and Dancers
- Mount St. Elias Dancers
- Wainwright Kuugmiut Dancers
- Acilquq Dance Group
- Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers
- Qalgimiut Dance Group of Tikigaq (Pt. Hope)
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