Culture and Community Connect in Largest Gathering of Native People in the US
ANCHORAGE—Visit Anchorage announced the following economic impact of meetings and conventions booked within the Municipality of Anchorage for October 2018, the largest of which is the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Annual Convention. This is the second year in a row the city has won the bid to host the meeting, the largest of the month. The First Alaskans Institute Elders & Youth Conference precedes the larger AFN gathering.
- Total October out of town attendance: 6,124
- Total October local attendance: 14,327
- Grand total October attendance: 20,451
- Total October Estimated Economic Impact: $8,520,074*
*Estimated economic impact is calculated for out of town attendance only.
October 15 – 17, 2018: First Alaskans Institute Elders & Youth Conference, 1,400 delegates and 58 exhibits at Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center. Estimated economic impact: $1,316,314
- The conference theme Na Ganiyaatgm, Na Lagm (Our Ancestors, Our Fire) speaks to the flame that connects elders and youth to their ancestors, homelands and unique Native inhabitants of the land.
October 18 – 20, 2018: Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Convention, 4,500 delegates and 251 exhibits at Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center. Estimated economic impact: $3,638,899.
- AFN is the annual largest gathering in the United States of any Native people. The event reaches a worldwide audience of more than 70 countries via TV, radio and webcasts.
- Conference theme is Innovation in the Past, Present and Future.
- In addition to the plenary sessions, the convention features a trade show of more than 170 artists in the renowned Customary Native Arts Show, a health fair and walk-in legal clinic.
- Evening cultural performances, known as Quayana Alaska, showcase traditional dances and often sell out of the more than 2,000 tickets each night.