The Athabascan Supremes performed “Touch A Hand” at the Rural Providers’ Conference Fashion and Talent Show at the Tribal Hall in Fairbanks in June. Amy Modig, Sonia Vent and I got together in May an started talking about our performance in the talent show. We were all impressed by the talent show in 2013, and were asked to participate at that time. We didn’t feel like we were ready, so we said, “maybe next year.” Well that time came, and we went all out.
We chose to lip-sync to the Staples Singer’s Touch A Hand song (original here). Sonia picked out the dresses and shawl. Then, we all accessorized from our Native bling collections. We even wore fake eyelashes, lipstick and glitter! Check out the performance below.
I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I’m not the type of person to get all gussied up and to wear a dress. I had a lot of fun planning with the ladies. We laughed so much and worried about all of the little details. The attention to detail was what made us look so coordinated. I think we all participated to have fun and to make people (especially youth) smile and laugh. We accomplished that mission.
The Rural Providers’ Conference is a wellness and sobriety conference, and they usually have a talent show each year to show that people can have fun and be sober at the same time. There were many other performances that evening, like Elvis, Supaman and a round dance song by Frank Yaska. The Fashion Show took place before the Talent Show and featured contemporary fashions and Alaska Native traditional regalia.
Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone can be so much fun. My ten year old daughter was inspired by us and sang a song in talent show too. Thank you to Sonia and Amy for asking me to be a part of the Athabascan Supremes! I would also like to thank the volunteers, Carol Rose and Shirley Holmberg, for organizing the shows.