Youth from Alaska share cultural experiences to visitors and Fairbanks residents

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska In the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center, local youth dancers are using their summer vacation to educate the public about Native Alaskan culture and experiences.

In the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center, local youth dancers are using their summer vacation to educate the public about Native Alaskan culture and experiences. (Carly Sjordal/KTVF)

Kip Angaiak, a performer from the Yupik territory shares with the audience the importance of Alaska native culture with the community and visitors.

“The significance, I believe is just to spread awareness because every day we have people who come from all over the country, all over the world.” Says Angaiak.

Angaiak states that many of the visitors do not have a full understanding of what the Alaskan culture is and hopes to educate them.

“So that’s why we’re here, that’s why I signed up I want to make sure everybody who comes and visits Alaska has a better understanding of us and our culture and our people before they leave.” Angaiak states.

The Cultural Connections show combines a number of Alaskan dances, songs and stories from across the state, giving the viewers an inside look into Alaska and its history.

“Basically we do this to show all like the broad range of different cultures. How we’re different but also how we’re similar and basically to give the audience a full understanding of what our native culture is like.” Says Angaiak.

Outside of the theater visitors can also take a look at handmade gifts, garments and jewelry from Alaska Native cultures and get a firsthand look at how they are made.

The Cultural Connections show will continue until the end of August, Monday to Friday at the Morris Thompson Center. The ticket cost is $10 per person and $5 for children $10 and under, tickets are available at the door. Visit https://www.morristhompsoncenter.org/cultural-connections-show/ for more information.