Festival 2022 General Info

The 49th Annual Festival of Native Arts will be held Friday and Saturday, March 25-26th, 2022. A variety of workshops will be hosted on both days via Zoom and a we’ll be streaming performances on Friday night via Facebook Live.

All events are virtual this year! Check out the posts on https://fna.community.uaf.edu/festival2022/ for more information on how and when you can join.

Word to the wise – Festival of Native Arts is completely free to join. Last year we had some spamming action that encouraged our viewers to go to an unaffiliated site and purchase tickets. Don’t do this! You will never have to pay to enjoy Festival’s content.

Free Zoom Background

Festival starts today! Here is the official Festival 2022 Zoom background. You can make it your own by following these quick instructions:

  1. Download the image
  2. While in a Zoom meeting, click on the arrow next to video
  3. Click “Choose Virtual Background”
  4. Click on the + sign to upload the image

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.

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
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
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
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
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
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.

Festival’s 2022 Logo

This year’s logo was designed by Heidi Worley!

Heidi was born in Fairbanks as a second-generation Alaskan. Her grandmother homesteaded in the area when she was 16 years old, and her grandfather moved to Fairbanks in the 1940’s. Heidi’s parents raised her in the Mat-Su Valley where she spent her summers camping, horseback riding, and fishing the rivers and lakes. Autumn brought an annual trip to the old family cabin outside of Denali National Park to pick blueberries and cranberries. In winter, her family would get together for a trip out on their snow machines through areas of Cantwell, Eureka or Peter’s Creek.

As an adult, Heidi returned to Fairbanks in 2015 where she took care of her grandfather’s property and settled roots. She is a self-taught artist who enjoys crafting with her hands, working with mediums of acrylic and watercolor, sculpting, jewelry making, fabric crafting and digital art. She has always had a fascination and appreciation for the wilderness, wildlife and culture of Alaska. Much of her artistic inspiration is drawn from the rich environment of her home state and is reflected in her work. She has often submitted art pieces to the Alaska State Fair and Tanana Valley Fair and has received an assortment of awards for her pieces.

Heidi was part of the committee that successfully brought the Boreal Bigfoot Expo to Pioneer Park in September of 2021 and looks forward to helping organize future expos again in the coming years. She currently works for a local utility company and when she’s not dabbling on an art project, she is often out with her dog walking Creamer’s Field and hiking local trails or networking with fellow artists and enthusiasts in her fields of interest.