Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Yupik Dancing Retrieved on, Wednesday November, 28-2007

Link to!

Yupik-speaking Eskimo cultures have taken to calling themselves "Yup'ik," meaning "real person," when explaining their culture to other cultures. This website explains
the history and reasoning behind Yupik Dancing. The website has pictures of masked dancing (as seen above). The Yupik people Were once suppressed by white missionary's who tried to outlaw masked dancing, the missionary's saw it as devil worship. This suppression has left a huge scar on traditional native dancing. This website is an informational site in an effort to bring back traditional Yupik masked dancing.

Southeastern dance.

Worl, R (2002) retrieved on Tuesday November, 25-2007 from:

Southeast Alaska Native dance, and songs are very clan orientated. Today the people of southeast Alaska dance in memory of ancestors; family and friends. Traditionally Dancing was only performed during ceremonies. In the old way of southeastern Alaska dancing people danced with their own clan and sang songs owned only by their clan. Children are born into their mothers' clan and moiety. They are members of their mother's clan, and they are identified as children of their father's clan. Children dance with their clan and sing the songs owned by their clan.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Art of Yupik Dancing

Bethel Council on the Arts, retrieved on Sunday November, 18 from:

The Cama-i Festival!!!

The Bethel Council on The Arts Website is an informational website about the native dancing during the Cama-i Festival. The Website has a variety of links to digital photo albums of native dancing, along with links to native dancing audio & video. The Cama-i festival is a 3 day gathering, with over 450 dancers, drummers, and singers between the ages of 2 to 92. People come together to celebrate the Yup'ik Eskimo tradition of dance. The festival offers cultural renewal and immersion into indigenous dance.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Native Dancing
Retrieved on November 14, 2007

The Toksook Bay Islander dance group practices in the school lobby.

A book About Yupik Dancing.

Fienup-Riordan, A,,
Retrieved on November, 16, 2007

Elders from all over southwestern Alaska tell stories of the origination and and function of Native dancing masks. The book explains the use of masks, life in the qasgiq, (a place where the men of the village meet) the story of the suppression and the coming back of masked dancing, mask making, yup'ik dance and songs. There are many stories representing the Yukon, Kuskokwim, and costal areas. The topics of the stories and the masks that were made to tell the stories, along with the beliefs of the natives telling the stories are a great part of the book.