Tamamta Katurlluta: A Gathering of Native Tradition
Cultural sharing and community building, August 30 and 31
Tamamta Katurlluta: A Gathering of Native Tradition (The Gathering) brings together Alaska Native artists, Elders, tradition-bearers, dancers, drummers and non-Native participants. It features the villages of Nanwalek, Port Graham, Seldovia, Ninilchik, and the Kenaitze Indian Tribe. The Gathering is a time for people to share their cultural heritage through food, music, conversation, storytelling and various activities. It has become an important way to develop lasting relationships between communities of the region.
This popular event, which started in 1998, begins Friday night with a Welcome Reception at the Pratt from 5 to 7 pm, where Chugachmiut Heritage Kits will be displayed. The Traditional Landing Ceremony of the Qayaqs at 12:00 noon on Saturday at the Homer Spit includes a blessing and traditional songs of welcome. Afterward, everyone is invited back to the Museum for A Day at the Pratt and Community Potluck featuring traditional foods from the region. Everyone is invited to bring a dish from their own culture/heritage to share. While the focus will be on the food, performance artist Allison Atkootchook Warden will emcee and entertain, along with demonstrations by Native Youth Olympic athletes and the Native Harbor Seal Commission.
At 7 pm An Evening of Culture and Dance at the Mariner Theater presents regional dance groups and guest performers Yurapik ─The Real Dance from Anchorage and Master of Ceremonies, multi-talented performance artist, Allison Akootchook Warden.
All events for The Gathering are open to the public and free of charge, except An Evening of Culture and Dance, which is $5.00 at the door – 12 and under free.