As Heard on Morning Line: Ida'Ina Friendship Gathering

Mar 1, 2018

Donita Slawson from the Tebughna Foundation came by to invite people to the Ida'Ina Friendship Gathering. The Gathering is March 3rd at the Dena'ina Center.
Credit Koahnic Broadcast Corporation

Our Guest this morning on Our Community, Donita Slawson is with the Tebughna Foundation - and the group is hosting the Ida'Ina Friendship Gathering this weekend. 

Slawson says the Ida'Ina Gathering is in it's 7th year, and is a family friendly event. 

The following is from the press release shared with KNBA: 

Tebughna Foundation hosts Ida’ina Friendship Gathering March 3, 2018

The Tebughna Foundation will once again host the Ida’ina Friendship Gathering,  3-3-2018. 

The event will be held in Anchorage Alaska, at the Denaina Center,and is an official sponsored event of Fur Rondy this year.

Ida’ina (ee da’ee na) is the Dena’ina word for “friends.” It is a multi-cultural event, and includes performances by numerous artists, and various booths. This event is $5 and open to the public.

“We started this gathering in March 2011, said Emil McCord, Executive Director of the foundation. He added they invite all tribes from Alaska as well as those who want to enjoy the festivities. 

"This Gathering is a Multi-Cultural event where all are welcome to participate, we gather to celebrate with new friends and old friends.


This year Intertribal Powwow Drum Groups include; North Wind Unity Youth Drum, Seven Buffalo Drum, Northern Lights Drum, Tyonek Drum,

and have fifteen entertainers from all over Alaska, and, Grass Dancer Ronnie Preston from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Tebughna is the name given to the Tyonek people, who live in Anchorage and in the village of Tyonek, 40 air miles away.  The Tebughna Foundation (pronounced tah-bow-na  the Beach People)

was founded in September 2007 to preserve, enhance, educate, & serve the community of Tyonek and the shareholders of Tyonek Native Corporation. The foundation is a registered non-profit corporation. 


“We attract about 6,000 people in the past” said McCord. 

Here is a video about the event  -

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