What’s going on in the Alaska Native community? Here is a list of events of interest to Alaska Native people and Alaskans. I enjoy going to these events to learn more about Alaska Native culture and to visit with friends and relatives. This is the sixth year I’m publishing the Alaska Native Pulse event listing!
Some of the events have vendor tables where you can buy Alaska Native arts and crafts. Please feel free to contact me with any events that you would like me to consider adding or comment below.
Alaska Premier of Kivalina: Life in the Modern Arctic ● March 29 at 7 pm ● Anchorage Museum
Kivalina: Life in the Modern Arctic by Gina Abatemarco
Kivalina is a candid portrait of life 130 miles above the Arctic Circle in the Inupiaq village of Kivalina and living on an island that is disappearing into the ocean. Once a nomadic people, the film begins its telling a century after their ancestors were settled on the tiny island made of silt, sand and permafrost. With no resources to move and only a precarious sea wall to protect them, the film poetically explores the community’s struggle to maintain their way of life within a landscape and a system that is failing them. Weaving together observational storytelling and cinematic imagery, Kivalina is an evocative portrait of the Arctic. Digital projection. Presented in partnership with the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association (AMIPA).
82nd Annual Tribal Assembly of Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Central Council) ● April 19 – 21 ● Juneau
Native Youth Olympics (NYO) Games Alaska ● April 27–29 ● Anchorage
Denakkanaaga Elders & Youth Conference ● June 13-15 ● Holy Cross
World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO) ● July 19-22 ● Fairbanks
Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Annual Convention ● October 19-21 ● Anchorage
This is not meant to be a complete list. As with any events, dates are subject to change. I recommend going to the links provided for the most up-to-date information.