Iñupiaq Drum and Dance: A Cultural Renaissance

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Earthsongs presents a one-hour special radio documentary with Host/Producer Alexis Sallee who grew up in Anchorage, Alaska of Iñupiat descent, about the resurgence of Iñupiaq drum and dance traditions in Alaska framed with narration, interviews, and live dance performances.

Alaska Native music and dance traditions are unique expressions of culture and spirituality. Each village has its own unique style of dance and music, reflective of a place in its geographic environment and history. In the 1960s and 70s, the Iñupiat were among the many Native communities who joined together to stand up against the repression of culture and threat on Native lands by the state. A resurgence began and led to a cultural renaissance for many Alaska Native tribes, alongside the civil rights movement and the influential 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which created several Native regional economic development corporations.

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FEATURING MUSIC BY:

  • King Island Dancers
  • Tikiġaq Traditional Dancers
  • Alaska Native Heritage Dancers
  • Kingikmiut Dance Group
  • Shishmaref Eskimo Dance Group
  • Fresh Water

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Broadcast: Tuesday, October 18 at 2:00p.m., 2016 on KSAK-Anchorage.

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Eric Bork, Alaska Public Media
Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, was the Audio Media Content Producer for KSKA-FM. He now produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or All Things Considered and can still find him operating the sound board for any of the live broadcast programs. After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!