Gavel-to-gavel for AFN 2013

AFN 2013 dance performance

In late October, KNOM was proud to present live, “gavel-to-gavel” coverage of one of the most important annual gatherings in the state of Alaska: the Alaska Federation of Natives convention (AFN), which is held each autumn in either Fairbanks or Anchorage.

For the many different Native communities of our state, AFN is an opportunity to gather, to celebrate the unique cultural traditions of Alaska Natives, and to discuss the issues that affect them: from subsistence and hunting rights to tribal management to suicide prevention. This year, KNOM was excited to send two of our staff – news director Laureli Kinneen and volunteer Emily Bieniek – to cover all things AFN.

Emily and Moses Wassilie

Emily with artist Moses Wassilie.

Above and below are Emily’s photos of Alaska Native dance performances and of Moses Wassilie (WAH-suh-lee), one of the many artists who showcased his Native artwork at the AFN Art Fair.

You’ll find more photos here and here; for more on AFN, also read a follow-up essay from Emily, entitled Laughter and Respect.

Dance performance at AFN 2013

Native dance at AFN 2013.