Festival of native art celebrates culture and dance

Festival of native art celebrates culture and dance
March 8, 2017 Katie Stark

Last weekend, University of Alaska Fairbanks hosted the annual Festival of Native Arts, an event that celebrates the art and dance of native cultures around Alaska and Canada.

The three-day festival, located in the Davis Concert Hall, included workshops, merchandise booths and dance performances from Alaskan and Canadian groups.

Workshops spanned a variety of topics including classes on the Yup’ik language, song writing, and beading.

A free admission powwow was held the last day of the festival, for “people of all races and cultures” to come sing and dance.

This year marked the 44th year that UAF has hosted the Festival of Native Arts since its beginning in 1973, when university faculty members first wanted to plan an event that allowed native cultures from around Alaska to gather together and share their art.

The 2017 festival was dedicated to Riba May DeWilde, an Athabascan artist, and longtime festival vender.

Katie Stark
Katie Stark from Palmer, Alaska, is a junior studying journalism at University of Alaska Fairbanks. She's published photos and news stories in the The Sun Star, the university student-run newspaper. She is also part of the Nanook Women’s Swim Team. In her free time, Katie likes to be outside, read dystopian, utopian, and adventure novels, spend time with friends and family, and travel to anywhere as long as it is somewhere she hasn't been before.

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