The Alaska Native Languages & Alaska Native Studies department at UAS will host the second in their series of Alaska Native films this week, with a showing of “Finding Their Own Dance: Reawakening Alaskan Alutiiq Arts.” The film begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Egan Lecture Hall on the UAS Auke Lake Campus.
Alutiiq arts were nearly lost over centuries of cultural oppression and exploitation, but recently, the Alutiiq people have begun to rediscover their rich artistic heritage and are choreographing new dances and creating new art. They have found their dance. How did this cultural reawakening begin? How has it found fertile ground among the younger generations in the face of overwhelming pressure from American popular culture? How are the traditional stories from the dramatic history of the Alutiiq people represented in the art? Will it survive? These are just a few of the questions posed in this documentary film.
Each of the films in this series offers a unique look at the diversity of Alaska Native Cultures. The series was organized by new Assistant Professor of Native Languages Lance A. Twitchell.
All films will be shown every other Thursday and will be followed by a short discussion. They are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit www.uas.alaska.edu/pr/releases/active/ak-native-films2011.html.