Alaska Native dancers came together to perform at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks last week. Their performances were part of "Quyana Alaska," an AFN tradition since 1982.

"Quyana" means "thank you" in Yup'ik. AFN says the performances have helped restore traditional Native dances and make sure the dances are passed on to future generations.

The performances span two days and feature 14 different groups from across Alaska:

  • Di’haii Gwich’in Dancers, Fairbanks
  • Pavva Iñupiaq Dancers, Fairbanks
  • Minto Dancers, Minto
  • Nagsragmiut Inland Eskimo Dancers, Anaktuvuk Pass
  • Dlul Hutaneets Hut’aane Ch’egedelee, Rampart
  • Stevens Village Dance Group, Stevens Village and Fairbanks
  • Ovluaq Dance Group, Barrow
  • Manley Hot Springs Traditional Dancers, Fairbanks and Manley Hot Springs
  • Iñu-Yupiaq Dance Group, Fairbanks
  • Tanana Traditional Dancers, Tanana
  • Tagiugmiut Dancers, Barrow
  • JOM Potlatch Dancers, Fairbanks
  • Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers, Kodiak
  • Tikigaq Traditional Dancers, Point Hope

Photos by Steve Quinn.

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