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Southcentral Foundation Announces Indigedance Challenge

$10,000 First Place Award


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Southcentral Foundation (SCF) announced it will be holding an inaugural dance challenge called Indigedance. Inspired by the Māori people of New Zealand and the warrior Haka dance, SCF is encouraging all Alaska Native dance groups to enter the challenge. Dance groups will create a new and original dance that incorporates the group’s culture, history, traditions, and regalia.


The inspiration for the challenge came to SCF President/CEO Katherine Gottlieb after visiting New Zealand and seeing the Haka performed by the Tainui Māori people. The Haka is a traditional war cry, dance, or challenge from the Māori people, historically used on the battlefield, as well as when groups came together in peace.


“SCF is excited to ask Alaska Native dance groups to rise and challenge the Haka,” Dr. Katherine Gottlieb said. “It is New Zealand's, and will also be one of our means of honoring and respecting one another by using the voice and strength of our culture to create a new original dance.”


The challenge will be held at the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention in October with three rounds: preliminaries, semi-finals, and finals. The winning dance group will respond to the challenge by a delegation from Aotearoa, New Zealand, who will also attend the challenge at AFN.


To enter the Indigedance Challenge, dance groups must submit a video of their original routine to: https://www.southcentralfoundation.com/indigedance/.


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