FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Annual Community Service Elders' Thanksgiving Lunch held at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall got the addition of an elder’s fashion show this year.
"And my boots here….well that’s a long story,” comments one of the fashion show models. (Carly Sjordal, KTVF)
As well as providing the local community with an alcohol and drug-free public event, this lunch was centered around Alaska Native elders, their stories, and a display of their traditional regalia -- with an addition of some non-traditional fashion and some of the participants wearing more modern garb.
Event Organizer and Director of Community Services for the Fairbanks Native Association Karen Eddy was there to comment on the significance of the event.
"It's important to the community because one of the things about FNA is that we value our elders, and we make every effort to make sure that they are actively involved with the community. So when we plan events like this, we think about strengths we build on,” said Eddy.
After the communal Thanksgiving meal and fashion show, Eddy passed the mic to the crowd to show off their own Native Alaskan regalia and send any relatives in the villages wishes of a happy Thanksgiving.
"My ancestors, I see them in your faces. And I walk with joy, and everywhere I see you out there, I want to thank you,” commented one of the fashion show models to the crowd.
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