Native Voices During AFN Week

According to Shyanne Beatty, American Indian and Alaska Native media professionals make up less than 1% of all of the media professionals in the US. I was happy to see many media professionals working behind the scenes during AFN week. I want to celebrate those who are working as journalists, producers, anchors, hosts, writers and emcees through some pictures. You may recognize some faces. My apologies in advance for not including everyone.

Youth Ambassadors at the First Alaskans Institute's Elders & Youth Conference. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Youth Ambassadors at the First Alaskans Institute’s Elders & Youth Conference. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Volunteer emcees at the First Alaskans Institute's Elders & Youth Conference. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Volunteer emcees at the First Alaskans Institute’s Elders & Youth Conference. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Youth Ambassadors and Emcees at the First Alaskans Institute's Elders & Youth Conference. Allison Warden and Marjorie Tahbone (both in front) mentored the youth. Photo by Roy M. Corral
Youth Ambassadors and Emcees at the First Alaskans Institute’s Elders & Youth Conference. Allison Warden and Marjorie Tahbone (both in front) mentored the youth. Photo by Roy M. Corral
Sharon McConnell and Anna Sattler behind the scenes at the broadcast of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. Talking Circle Media broadcasted the AFN proceedings statewide. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Sharon McConnell and Anna Sattler behind the scenes at the broadcast of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. Talking Circle Media broadcasted the AFN proceedings statewide. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Sharon McConnell and Anna Sattler served as AFN broadcasters over the years. They are veteran broadcasters and have recognizable faces in Alaska. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Sharon McConnell and Anna Sattler served as AFN broadcasters over the years. They are veteran broadcasters and have recognizable faces in Alaska. Photo by Angela Gonzalez

I spoke with Sharon McConnell and Anna Sattler for a bit during AFN. Sharon broadcasted a total of 23 years and Anna broadcasted at total of nine years. Sharon stressed they were broadcasting the proceedings of the AFN convention. Both Sharon and Anna enjoy hosting the proceedings of the AFN convention and Quyana nights. During Quyana Nights, dance groups are interviewed after their performances. Many of the groups fund raise year round to get to AFN.

The AFN Convention is the largest gathering of indigenous people in Alaska. Sharon and Anna were impressed the President Obama addressed AFN two times. Alllison Warden mentored a group of young ambassadors and emcees. Two of the youth worked with Sharon and Anna during the AFN week broadcast. Allison Warden, a Native entertainer, has mentored youth for the past three years. Sharon says, “They all did an amazing job!” The young emcees got to conduct interviews and emcee on stage.

TT of Nome operates the camera during the AFN broadcast. A lot goes on behind the scenes to make the broadcast possible. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
TT of Nome operates the camera during the AFN broadcast. A lot goes on behind the scenes to make the broadcast possible. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Shyanne Beatty and Antonia Gonzales are behind the scenes for Koahnic Broadcast Corporation. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
Shyanne Beatty and Antonia Gonzales are behind the scenes for Koahnic Broadcast Corporation. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
KNBA News Director Joaqlin Estus hosted the radio coverage the AFN radio broadcast. Loren Dixon is KNBA's Director of Programming. Photo courtesy of KNBA
KNBA News Director Joaqlin Estus hosted the radio coverage the AFN radio broadcast. Loren Dixon is KNBA’s Director of Programming. Photo courtesy of KNBA
KNBA News Director Joaqlin Estus (upper left) and National Native News Anchor Antonia Gonzales (not pictured) teach First Alaskans Institute Elders and Youth Conference participants how to develop radio pieces. Photo courtesy of KNBA
KNBA News Director Joaqlin Estus (upper left) and National Native News Anchor Antonia Gonzales (not pictured) teach First Alaskans Institute Elders and Youth Conference participants how to develop radio pieces. Photo courtesy of KNBA

 

Thank you to all of the broadcasters, emcees, journalists, camera operators, and everyone else who made successful broadcasts and news coverage of the First Alaskans Institute’s Elders & Youth Conference and Alaska Federation of Natives Convention! Thank you for taking the time and investing in the next generation. Kudos to those up and coming youth for stepping up as emcees and ambassadors!

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