Alaska Native Visionary Awards
and Wear Art, Thou? Fashion Show
Alaska Native Heritage Month organization and the Alaska Native Arts Foundation are partnering to host an exciting cultural event in November. The Alaska Native Visionary Awards and "Wear Art, Thou?" Fashion Show will showcase a modern celebration during Alaska Native Heritage Month.
The Alaska Native Visionary Awards recognizes individual perpetuating and preserving Alaska Native cultures in a unique way. Past honorees have come from a variety of backgrounds, including literary, visual and performance arts, culture bearers, videographers and musicians.
Inspired by the Renaissance Period, the "Wear Art, Thou?" Fashion Show features an indigenous movement of Alaska Native designers bridging traditional techniques to crafting contemporary wearable art. At the fashion show, audience members can expect to see medievally-inspired hair and make-up, along with corsets and knickers meeting polar bear fur and sealskin. Accompanying the show will be Mozart, chamber and Baroque music integrated with indigenous Cup'ik beats from Chevak circa 1923 in Western Alaska, to hip-hop beats by RiverFlowz. Think Amadeus meets rural and urban Alaska Natives!
Nicholas Galanin (Aleut/Tlingit): Galanin has struck an intriguing balance between his origins and the realities of being a successful professional artist. He was trained extensively in traditional as well as contemporary approaches to art, pursuing them in parallel paths. His stunning bodies of work simultaneously preserve his culture and explore new perceptual territory.
Shyanne Beatty (Hangwichin Athabascan): Shyanne is the Network Manager for Native Voice One. Her Dena’ina Athabascan friend gave her the name of Chulyin Ch’ivaya. It means Raven Whirlwind. She was given the name because she likes shiny things, is mischief like a raven and she comes in and out of a room like a whirlwind.
Wear Art, Thou? Fashion Show
Alaska Native designers creating wearable art inspired from the medieval times integrating traditional materials into contemporary garments. Tickets and tables available for purchase, go to: alaskanativearts.org.
Special Guest DJ
Byron Fenix (Hopi/Navajo):Byron Fenix is senior producer and host of the weekly radio program Soul Deluxe, as well as a resident DJ at SoChu House in Phoenix, Arizona, is not your average mix DJ. “I started collecting music by recording it on a cassette player,” he laments. A native of Phoenix, Byron is soul music’s most unlikely ambassador. Born to a Navajo father, and a half Hopi, half Navajo mother, he learned early on to appreciate diversity, not just in the music he collected, but in his everyday life as well.
Check-out awesome Alaska Native live entertainment following the event!
Cash Bar and Hors d'oeuvres will be served
Jet Blue Tickets!
All guests will be entered to win two tickets on Jet Blue!