FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Local students are getting ready for landmark Alaska Native gathering next week in Anchorage.
The 34th annual statewide 'First Alaskans Institute Elders and Youth Conference' will be taking place in Anchorage this year from October 16th through the 18th.
The conference will be held at the Dena'ina (Deh-*NINE-uh) Center.
This year's theme is "Part Land, Part Water- Always Native".
Each year, the Elders and Youth conference has been striving to understand the issues and challenges in their Native culture.
This year's Conference will be focusing on the identity of indigenous people, and the connection with land and waters of Alaska.
University of Alaska Fairbanks student, Baxter Bond, told us what he is looking forward to the most as he awaits the conference.
Baxter Bond; UAF Student >> "I'm going to be attending a workshop run by rural student services. I got invited down as part of the Inupiaq dance group. To give high school students a taste of what college is like and why participating in a dance group like the Inupiaq dance group is important. I've been teaching the dance class along with one other instructor so I'm really excited to be able to work with high school students again."