Alaska Life

Photos: Speakers, dances and workshops at Elders and Youth Conference

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: October 17, 2017
  • Published October 16, 2017
Leonte Vlasoff, 3, and his grandfather Robert Vlasoff of Tatitlek share a moment during the First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference at the Dena’ina Center on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The three-day conference began on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
Students from Clark Middle School have their photo taken while attending the First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference at the Dena’ina Center on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The three-day conference began on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
Clare Swan of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe gave the Elder Keynote Address during the First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference at the Dena’ina Center on Tuesday morning, Oct. 17, 2017. The three-day conference began on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
Kisaġvigmuit Traditional Dancers group leader Isaiah Patkutag used a drum covered with walrus stomach as they performed Inupiaq songs and dances from the northern part of Alaska during the First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The three-day conference began on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
Kisaġvigmuit Traditional Dancers performed Inupiaq songs and dances from the northern part of Alaska during the First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The three-day conference began on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
Students from the Ya Ne Dah Ah cultural immersion school help remove hair as they learn how to prepare a moose hide during one of the Living & Loving Our Cultures Workshops at the First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The three-day conference began on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
Jeannie Maxim demonstrates how to prepare a moose hide during Living & Loving Our Cultures Workshops at First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference in the Dena’ina Center on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The three-day conference began on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
Ruth Dailey, 4, cuts up salmon with a ulu while learning how to pickle salmon during the First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The three-day conference began on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
Chris Agragiiq Apassingok, 17, a Siberian Yupik from the village of Gambell on St. Lawrence Island, gave the Youth Keynote Address during the First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Apassingok was honored by Gov. Bill Walker, left, and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott for landing a bowhead whale to sustain his people and uphold the values and traditions of Alaska Native culture despite opposition. The three-day conference began on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
A White Fish Trap hangs from ceiling on the second floor of the Dena’ina Center as people attend the Living & Loving Our Cultures Workshops during the First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The three-day conference began on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
People dance with the Kisaġvigmuit Traditional Dancers during the First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The three-day conference began on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
Kisaġvigmuit Traditional Dancers performed Inupiaq songs and dances from the northern part of Alaska during the First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The three-day conference began on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
Liz Medicine Crow, president and CEO of First Alaskans Institute, attends the opening of the 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The three-day conference began on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
James Nixon and his sister Stormi Nixon of Palmer sell salmon caught in Kodiak outside the Dena’ina Center during the First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The three-day conference began on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
The First Alaskans Institute kicked off their 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center with a Warming of the Hands Pre-Conference on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The three-day conference begins on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
The First Alaskans Institute kicked off their 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center with a Warming of the Hands Pre-Conference on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The three-day conference begins on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
The First Alaskans Institute kicked off their 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center with a Warming of the Hands Pre-Conference on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The three-day conference begins on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
The First Alaskans Institute kicked off their 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center with a Warming of the Hands Pre-Conference on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The three-day conference begins on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
Georgianna Lincoln and Willie Hensley embrace as the First Alaskans Institute kicked off their 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center with a Warming of the Hands Pre-Conference on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The three-day conference begins on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
Frank and Sue Gurske of Chenega Bay arrive to the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center with their 3-year-old grandson Jessie January to register for the First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The three-day conference begins on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)
Chenita Sorensen and Analouise Hoseth of Dillingham snap a selfie as the First Alaskans Institute kicked off the 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center with a Warming of the Hands Pre-Conference on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The three-day conference begins on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)

The First Alaskans Institute 34th annual Elders and Youth Conference is being held at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage this year.  The three-day conference began on Monday with the theme Part Land, Part Water – Always Native.