November is Alaska Native/Native American Heritage Month! Celebrate and learn about the various Indigenous cultures of Alaska by engaging in activities inspired by traditional teachings. There are deeper meanings to each event listed below, please make time to participate and engage in the learning process. All events are open to the UAA community and the public.

Fry Bread Making & Election Watching
Tuesday, November 8
Cama-i Room
Many Indigenous cultures have their own version of fry bread. We’ll provide the dough, you provide the hands! Create your own piece of fry bread for your enjoyment. And cheer on your favorite election candidates in the warmth of the Cama-i Room. For more info call Karla at 751-7452 or email

Aleut Berring Sea Mini Headdress Making
Wednesday, November 9
Cama-i Room
Cama-i Room Peer Mentor, Marieana will share how to make a mini headdress from her region of Alaska. All supplies will be provided. For more info call 751-7452 or email

Baby Kuspuk Sewing
Thursday, November 10
Cama-i Room
The hood will keep the mosquitos out and the pocket will hold your treasures. Create a newborn or 2T kuspuk from provided fabric. For more info call Karla at 751-7452 or email

Five Years of Hell: Prelude to ANCSA (Alaska Native Claims & Settlement Act)
Friday, November 11
Rasmuson Hall Room 101
Speakers include Willie Iggiagruk Hensley, Emil Notti, Willy Templeton, and a UAA Student Panel. For more info call Jeane Breinig at 786-4358 or email

Alaska Native Games
Fridays, November 11 & 18, 9-11pm
Saturday, November 12, 1-4pm
Gorsuch Commons Room 107
They mimic gathering fish from a fish wheel, jumping from ice pack to ice pack, and the movement of seals. They are a form of communication to signal if they caught a whale, or if they caught nothing. Come try various Alaska Native Games with UAA students! For more info call 751-7452 or email

Standing Rock & Other Protests Discussion
Sundays, November 13 & 20
Cama-i Room
Chat with Cama-i Room Peer Mentor, Anna, about the protest taking place in Standing Rock and learn about other indigenous protests that have occurred in history. For more info call 751-7452 or email

Nasqerrun Sewing with Miss Cama-i
Monday & Tuesday, November 14 & 15
Cama-i Room
Visit and sew a Yupik style headdress with UAA student, Piiyuuk, who is the current Miss Cama-i. Everyone is welcome to participate, all supplies will be provided. For more info call 751-7452 or email

Alaska Native Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium
Friday, November 18
RH 101
Submit requests to present to before Thursday, November 10, 2016. For more info call the AKNS Department at 786-6135.

3rd Annual Giving Thanks Dance Festival: Alaska Native Dance & Potluck
Friday, November 18
UAA Cuddy Hall
5:30 Opening Potluck
6:00 Yurapik
6:30 Tlingit & Haida Dancers of Anchorage
7:00 Anchorage Unangax Dancers
7:30 Anchorage Northern Lights Dancers
8:00 Yukon Knik Athabaskan Fiddlers
For more info call Aaron at 947-1987.

Seals and Alaska Native Life
Saturday, November 19
UAA Campus Bookstore

Esther Koezuna (Inupiat artist and skin sewer from King Island), Shaaxsaani (a Tlingit artist using traditional materials in contemporary ways), Ilarion Merculieff (author of Wisdom Keeper: One Man's Journey to Honor the Untold History of the Unangan) and Aron Crowell (The Arctic Studies Center's Yakutat Seal Camp Project) discuss their work and relationship with seals.

Fry Bread Making
Monday, November 21
Tuesday, December 6
Cama-i Room
Enjoy a piece of fry bread while visiting with a local Elder. All are welcome to visit! For more info call 751-7452 or email

Keep those feet warm!: Baby Bootie Sewing
Tuesday, November 22
Monday, December 5
Cama-i Room
We’ll sew canvas baby booties using a pattern that comes from Koyukon Elder, Madaline Williams of Hughes, Alaska. Sign up to participate by calling Karla at 751-7452.


Weekly Dance Group Practices at UAA

Anchorage Northern Lights Dancers
Gorsuch Commons

Kwiqpagmiut Dancers
Gorsuch Commons

Gorsuch Commons

research symposium
2016 Alaska Native Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium 
Giving Thanks
Dance, Eat and Celebrate! Join the fun!