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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


December 27, 2003 - Issue 103


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Opportunities - Page Four


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Here you will find listings of:


  • Positions Available - including Fellowships and Internships;
  • Scholarship, Award and Grant Information; and
  • Event Announcements.

We will update this page if we receive additional opportunities for events, etc. that will occur before our issue publication date.


We receive these announcements from various sources including Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) and NativeShare


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(Anchorage, AK) - Alaskans can join in to preserve vital aspects of Native language, dance and art. The Alaska Native Heritage Center will kick off its new Cultural Education Program during Learn to Native Dance Saturday, January 10, 2004. This program will consist of hands on classes where the public can come and learn various Native dances. Learn to Native Dance Day is one of the continuing series of Celebrating Culture Saturdays sponsored by BP.

The Cultural Education Program that starts January 10th will include classes in art, dance and language at all Saturday programs. Classes will be taught by Master Artists, Elders, Tradition Bearers and ANHC staff members. The Cultural Education Program is generously sponsored by a grant from the CIRI Foundation.

Dance classes will provide the opportunity to learn the technique and cultural significance of dances and songs from all eleven Alaska Native cultures. Students will learn a new dance and song weekly and then be given the chance to perform in front of an audience. Classes will be held weekly during Celebrating Culture Saturdays.

Athabascan Dance Workshop - Ya Ne Da Ah School
A representative from the Chickaoon Ya Ne Dah Ah School will be teaching Athabascan Dance. In 1992 Chickaloon Village decided to bring back the traditional ways of teaching for its young people. In addition to stories and language, elders from other villages taught the children traditional songs and dances of the Athabascan people.

Tlingit Dance Workshop - William Jackson
William Jackson is Tlingit of the Raven Moiety and Coho clan. His Tlingit name is Staqwan. Jackson was born in Juneau, raised in Seattle and now resides in Anchorage. He currently sings and drums with a local Southeast Group, Naa Luudisk Gwaii Yaxti. He is also a traditional and contemporary storyteller.

Siberian Yupik Dance Workshop - Elaine Kingeekuk
Elaine Kingeekuk has been teaching the language of Siberian Yupik for about 23 years to school age students from her village of Savoonga. She is an Eskimo dancer and enjoys teaches others to dance. She is also well-known for her doll making. Kingeekuk dresses the dolls in traditional clothing using traditional materials.

Inupiaq Dance Workshop - Warren Matumeak
Warren Matumeak is an Inupiaq elder from the town of Barrow. In the late 1990's he retired as Head of the North Slope Borough Wildlife Department and he also served as chairman of the North Slope Borough Planning Commission. Warren has lived the Inupiaq subsistence life, which included reindeer herding. He is the leader and composer of the Barrow dance group, Suurimmaagtchuiat.

Yup'ik Dance Lesson - Phillip Blanchett
Phillip Blanchett was born in Bethel. Blanchett is the co-founder and manager for Pamyua. He began his Yup'ik dancing career learning traditional and contemporary dances with Kicaput, an Anchorage-based Yup'ik performance group. Today Phillip continues to write, direct and produce many of Pamyua's projects.

Art classes will include weekly instruction by Master Artists, local artists or ANHC staff. Students will create an art piece, learn the history and cultural significance of the respective art form and have the opportunity to establish mentorship relationships with artists. Classes will be held on Saturdays with morning and afternoon sessions and will run for 4 to 6 weeks.

Small Alutiiq Headdress - Viola Inga
Learn how to make small Alutiiq headdresses with master artist Viola Inga. Inga was born in Old Harbor, Alaska. She is of Inupiaq Eskimo and Alutiiq descent. Her native name is Naqhooc and she has been weaving and making Native art since she was a little girl. She quotes "I would rather weave baskets and make beaded headdresses instead of cooking".

Tlingit Beading - Mabel Pike
Tlingit Indian Master Artist Mabel Pike is from the Whale House in Klukwan of the Gonaxtade Clan. Pike was taught beadwork by her grandmother, Flora Wilson and has been doing beadwork since she was six years old. She enjoys sharing her culture through stories and demonstrations. Like her grandmother, Pike loves passing on the traditions to the youth.

Language classes will include weekly instruction in Tlingit, Dena'ina Athabascan, Yup'ik, Sugpiaq and Inupiaq. Students will learn components of phonetic pronunciations, how to introduce themselves and understand the protocols of the culture as defined by the language. Classes will be held on Saturdays with morning and afternoon sessions and will run for 4 to 6 weeks.

Dena'ina Language Class - Jim Wilson
Jim Wilson was born and raised in Nondalton. Wilson was a dance leader for the Nondalton Dancers before moving to Anchorage and is now the leader of the Denaina Dancers. He started dancing at 10 years old and it was sacred dances that got him interested. His Grandmother, Tatiana Hopson (Constantine), spoke only the Dena'ina language to him as a youth.

Tlingit Language Class - Paul Marks
Paul Marks is Tlingit of the Raven House Lukaxadi Sockeye. Tlingit is his first language. He has been teaching in a formal class setting in Juneau since the 1980's and teaching traditional protocol since the early 70's. Marks was trained by his mother, Emma Marks and father, Willie Marks, in traditional values and was groomed for leadership by his clan leader Austin Hammond Sr.. Marks is a traditional totem pole carver who was taught by his father.

The art and language classes are for high school age and above. Classes are limited to 15 people and are on a first come, first serve basis. To register for classes, call 330-8002, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. Dance classes are open to all ages and there is no registration necessary.

In addition to the art classes, there will be arts and crafts sessions for K through 12. Instructions will include how to make Yup'ik/Cup'ik Medicine Pouches, Inupiaq /Saint Lawrence Island Yup'ik Eskimo Yoyos, Alutiiq Visors, Southeast Stone Necklaces and Athabascan Necklaces.

Visitors can experience the five recreated village sites that illustrate the traditional structures in a typical village before or shortly after contact with non-Native cultures. Knowledgeable tour guides will share the history, culture and traditions at each site.


The Alaska Native Heritage Center is an independent, nonprofit that is committed to sharing, perpetuating and preserving the unique Alaska Native cultures, languages, traditions and values through celebration and education. It is located at 8800 Heritage Center Drive in northeast Anchorage, just off Muldoon Road North near Bartlett High School. For more information about other events and programs, visit

Kay E. Ashton
Public Relations
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Fax: 907 330-8030
Phone: 800 315-6608
907 330-8055

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