The Barrow Eskimo Dancers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. The Barrow Dancers is an all-ages group with more than 60 members, all 0f whom are Inupiaq Eskimo. Some begin dance training while still toddlers, and others joined when in their 60s.
The locally-derived songs of the Barrow Dancers were composed largely by original dance group members the late Walter Akpik Sr., Warren Matumeak and their forebears, and have their roots in the north-central North Slope of Alaska. Other songs and motions were composed by dance performers, or in some cases borrowed and exchanged with groups from as far away as Savoonga, and Chukotka in the Bering Sea and Arctic Canada.
The Barrow Dancers have performed as far away as China, and were the only Alaska Native dance group to be invited to the inaugural parade for President Obama in Washington, D. C. Saturday’s performance will mark their first appearance in Juneau.
Tickets are available at the JACC, Hearthside Books and online at www.jahc.org. Pre sale tickets are $25$20 for premium, $23/$18 for general seating, $10 for students and $5 children 5 and younger. Tickets are $2 more at the door.
For more information visit www.jahc.org or call 586-ARTS (2787).