As Heard on Morning Line: AFN Finishes with IndigeDance Finals

Oct 24, 2017

If you tuned in Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the day, you know KNBA hosted the Gavel to Gavel coverage of the 2017 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, live, right there at the Dena'ina Center. 

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Southcentral Foundation's Crystal Marrs Presents the IndigeDance Challenge - what better way to finish the AFN Convention than something that represents challenge and opportunity for Native people!
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One of the final events of AFN was the IndigeDance Finals, emceed by Southcentral Foundation's Crystal Marrs, who graced the stage with beautiful white buckskin regalia honoring her Athabascan and Al - it came down to three groups:

Acilquq Dancers - Presented an original composition that started quietly, and finished in a bombastic celebration of the end of warfare

Friendship Dancers - Represented the Dena'ina area with youthful Athabascan traditional sound

Yurapik Drummers and Dancer Group -  traditional Yup'ik dance group with roots in Western Alaska - started with in-depth explanations of the movements and a colorful representation of qaspeqs from the region.

The judges were sweating hard but came to a decision - the Acilquq Dancers won!

The dance group known simply as Acilquq takes home a gigantic check made out for $10,000.
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