Festival 2022 Workshops

Check out this year’s workshop lineup! Each interactive session will be held via Zoom. Be sure to register in advance. Note that all times listed are in Alaska Daylight Time.

Date/TimeWorkshop
March 25th 10-12:00pmChildren’s Storytelling with Dr. Walkie Charles
Dr. Charles is a former public school teacher, currently a professor of Yup’ik, and Director of the Alaska Native Language Center. Charles has been teaching at UAF for the last 22 years.

Register at: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElcu2gqDIuGNEfW4U1R9XtU9B525hwxkxW
March 25th
12-2:00pm
Polynesian Dance with Rosario “Rio” Andrade
Rosario “Rio” Andrade was born in the Philippines & raised in Utqiaġvik. She holds degrees in Alaska Native Studies, Iñupiaq Studies, Asian Studies & Cultural Anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She lives in a small dry cabin in the woods in the original town of Ch’eno’ in Fairbanks with her husband & 3 young children where they raise goats & poultry. On this Lower Tanana Dene land her family hunts, gathers & grows. Her favorite thing to do is pick berries & dance.

Rio has trained with internationally acclaimed artists: Moena Maiotui, Mareva Bouchaux, Lydia Symonis & Conny Medina. She danced locally with Tupu Tafa’ifa Polynesian Dance under Fiao’o Fonoti-White. She also has training in Hot Hula Fitness & Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga.

Register at: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpcO2uqz4iHdzMGtpzyLKVTeEGUho1UdVm
March 25th
2-4:00pm
Beading with Breezy McLain
In this session, Festival of Native Arts Coordinator and UAF Student, Breezy McLain will be leading a workshop on beading.

Register at: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrdOurrDoiGNJCDeLPhYdB1x1nis9Z8dYl
March 26th
10-12:00pm
Kuspuk Tutorial with Julie Amaktoolik and Raven Wind
Julie is an Alaskan Yup’ik originally from Elim, AK. She grew up in Elim and learned how to sew kuspuks and skin sew in middle school. Since then, she has been improving so much and teaching herself new techniques that fit her liking. She is a UAF student and a Festival of Native Arts Coordinator.

Raven is from Northern Maine and is currently a junior at UAF. She is also a Festival of Native Arts Coordinator.

Register at: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIld-iprz0sGdUacRcQmiBbeSH6ymY6uSXc
March 26th
12-2:00pm
Manaq Stick Tutorial with Ashley Hunter
In this workshop, Festival of Native Arts Coordinator and UAF Student, Ashley Hunter will teach participants how to make a manaq (ice fishing) stick.

Register at: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkcOyrqT4iE9Y2GLw6k7j-6q_KpmcgWen4
March 26th
2-4:00pm
Storytelling with John Bear Mitchell
John Bear Mitchell is a citizen of the Penobscot Nation which is based on Indian Island, Maine. He grew up on Indian Island and learned their traditions from his family – the Bear and Crow Clan. He’s a storyteller and has toured with the Native American Storytellers of New England. He has been featured in plays, film, and radio. He is an administrator and teacher at the University of Maine in Native American Studies and Programs.

Register at: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrd-GpqzovE9Vp95Epnp-Iii5sJXTggUsg
Rural Student Services students’ final products from a 2014 qaspeq-making workshop.