Quyana Alaska


We have extended our 2023 Quyana Application period! The new deadline is June 30, 2023.

Our traditional dances and music 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.

Quyana Alaska was initially introduced at the 1982 AFN Convention 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. A cultural revival has exploded across rural Alaska, and Quyana Alaska is now a treasured highlight of each and every Convention.

The 2023 AFN Convention is scheduled for October 19-21, 2023 in Anchorage, and Quyana Alaska I and II will be held on October 19 and 20. Notification letters will be sent via email in July 2023.

2023 AFN Quyana Application

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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 in June 2023. AFN does not cover travel and lodging expenses, however a small honorarium will be paid after the Quyana Alaska performances.
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