Alaska Federation of Natives hits Fairbanks and you are invited

10/18/2010
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Fairbanks is preparing to welcome the largest representative annual gathering of Alaska peoples in the country, the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention Oct. 21-23. The convention gathers around 4,000-5,000 delegates each year to discuss a wide range of current events and issues. The 2010 theme, Village Survival, will have a special emphasis on exploring education, movement of peoples, sustainable economies and contributing to the country’s economic recovery.

Even if you’re not part of the official conference, it’s an exciting weekend to be in Fairbanks, and there are lots of ways to participate in the AFN convention. The public is welcome to attend a traditional Athabascan Potlatch hosted by the Fairbanks community on Oct. 20 or stop by the Native Arts and Crafts Exhibit Fair, showcasing the work of over 100 artisans from all over Alaska.

Traditional dance is an important part of Alaska Native culture, passed down from generation to generation, ensuring that the many distinct Native cultures across Alaska remain connected. Each year during the AFN’s annual convention, delegates take part in Quyana Alaska, designed to restore traditional dances and ensure they’re passed to the future generations. Quyana ticket sales will be available to the public for purchase beginning Oct. 18.

The Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau is also actively recruiting volunteers for the upcoming AFN convention and the Elders and Youth Conference to meet delegates arriving at the airport and to offer assistance and information during the many events. For more information, visit http://www.afn2010.com/volunteer-opportunities.

Book your hotel reservations in Fairbanks for the AFN annual convention at the Fairbanks Princess Hotel.

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