Special Events — Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

Drum Making with Kenneth Frank, April 28 – April 29

Apr 28 at 10 AM to Apr 29 at 6 PM: Make your own 16 inch elk-hide drum under the direction of Gwich’in Kenneth Frank. Kenneth grew up in a subsistence lifestyle—living off the land surrounding Venetie. To revitalize drumming, songs, and dances from that area, he started the Di’haii Gwich’in Dancers in 2006. He has a passion for language preservation, teaching the Gwich’in language at Effie Kokrine Charter School. He has shared traditional arts and crafts and survival skills for many years, and is pleased to share his drummaking skills with others.
$160 per student
This class is limited to the first 20 people to pay class fee.

Interested in Attending? Contact TCC Cultural Programs at 907-459-3741 OR cultural.programs@tananachiefs.org

Alaska Native Scholarships: Thanks to the generosity of our workshop sponsors, there is one youth scholarship available (covering 90% of class fee) and two adult/elder scholarships available (covering 50% of class fee). Contact us for more information!

Canvas Boots with Dixie Alexander: May 26 – May 27

May 26 at 10 AM to May 27 at 6 PM: Make your own moose-hide bottom canvas boots under the direction of master skin sewer Dixie Alexander. A Gwich’in Athabascan, Dixie was raised in a traditional Athabascan lifestyle in Fort Yukon where her grandmother Julia Peter mentored her in skin sewing and beading. She used her traditional upbringing, along with her schooling, to develop a professional career in creating beautiful works that are on display all over Alaska as well as the Smithsonian Institution of Natural History in Washington D.C. She was named one of Alaska’s Living Cultural Treasures by the Alaska State Council on the Arts in 2011.

Class Fee Varies on Boot Size
$125 – Baby
$150 – Children
$175 – 6-7 Women
$200 – 8-9 Women/6-7 Men
$225 – 10-11 Women/8-9 Men
$250 – 10-11 Men

This class is limited to the first 15 people to pay class fee.

Interested in Attending? Contact TCC Cultural Programs at 907-459-3741 OR cultural.programs@tananachiefs.org

Alaska Native Scholarships: Thanks to the generosity of our workshop sponsors, there is one youth scholarship available (covering 90% of class fee) and two adult/elder scholarships available (covering 50% of class fee). Contact us for more information!

2018 Cultural Traditions Workshops: funded in part by The CIRI Foundation, ExxonMobil, and Alaska State Council of the Arts

Cultural Immersion: Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fairbanks: Feb 21  with Jorie Paoli, First Alaskans Institute

Fry Bread Making: March 2-3 12pm-4pm with  Dixie Alexander

Beading/Caribou Tufting/Porcupine Quill Work:  March 3-4 with Emma Hildebrand

Gwich’in Athabascan Fiddle Dance: March 14-17  – Dance lessons each night from 7 to 8 pm. Learn the Jig, Square Dance, Rabbit Dance, Handkerchief Dance, and Neets’ee’tlyaa!

Open Mic Night: March 15, 7-9pm: Co-hosted by the fabulous Amanda Frank & Tonya Garnett. Come
share your special talent – poetry, singing, comedy, drumming, music, magic.

Snowshoe Making: April 2018 with George Albert

Athabascan Drum Making: May 5-6 with Kenneth Frank

Dry Fish cutting & Smoking and Jarred Pickled Salmon: July 2018 (2 days) with Dixie Alexander

Traditional Medicines:  August 2018 (1 day) with Adrienne Titus

Canvas Boots: Date TBD (2 days) with Sasha Housley

Birch Bark Baskets:  Date TBD (2 days) with Tina Custer

Kuspuk Making: Date TBD (2 days), Instructor TBD

Storytelling – Historical Alaska Native Warriors: Date TBD, 1-night event for Young Emerging
Leaders and invited community

For reservations or information, contact TCC Cultural Programs at 907.459.3741 or cultural.programs@tananachiefs.org

Cultural Traditions Workshops are funded in part by The CIRI Foundation, ExxonMobil, and Alaska State Council of the Arts