The Inupiat are located at the northern most point in Alaska.
Here are a few awesome links with great information on the area:
North Slope Borough
Check out Kivgiq... our version of the pow-wow
North Slope Borough School district
Inupiat Heritage Center
World Eskimo Indian Olympics
WEIO is an annual event held in Fairbanks every year that celebrates the Native games and dances of our people. The last time we had a Lower 48 dance group was maybe 2001 - St. Croix Chippewa Dance Group. I would love to see more participation from the Lower 48 Natives in the dance competition, in the athletic events and also the Miss WEIO pageant. Also, we rarely have Lower 48 Native artisans. It would be great to be able to buy some handmade silver and/or turquoise jewelry!
Alaska Federation of Natives
Annual meeting of the five major cultures of Alaska - Inupiaq Eskimo, Yu'pik Eskimo, Athabaskan Indians, Aleut/Alutiiq, and Tlingit/Haida/Tsimshian.
From the AFN website:
The Alaska Federation of Natives was formed in October 1966, when more than 400 Alaska Natives representing 17 Native organizations gathered for a three-day conference to address Alaska Native aboriginal land rights. From 1966 to 1971, AFN worked primarily to achieve passage of a just and fair land settlement. On December 18, 1971 the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) was signed into law.
In the early and mid 1970's, AFN provided technical assistance to help Alaska Natives implement ANCSA and set up the corporations mandated by the Act. Since then, AFN has evolved to meet the changing needs of Alaska Natives and respond to new challenges as they emerge, working to address and protect Native interests at the state and federal levels.
AFN was instrumental in the development and passage of federal laws including the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980, and the 1987 Amendments to ANCSA (the "1991 legislation"). At the state level, AFN plays an active role in the legislative process, promoting laws, policies and programs in areas such as health, education, resource development, labor and government. In the late 1980's, AFN turned its attention to social, tribal and economic issues.
University of Alaska's Annual Festival of Native Arts
This event was originally created by Native students because they were homesick for their culture while attending UAF. Completely organized by volunteer students and completely FREE to the public, FNA is a wonderful spring time event. Native dance groups from all over Alaska (and once in a great while the Lower 48 tribes) perform at the event and also around town in the schools and care centers. Arts and crafts are sold during the event as well as Eskimo doughnuts and dried salmon strips. They have a wonderful map of Alaska that represents the major Native Cultures of Alaska. (The Interior Athabaskans are further broken down in this map). http://www.geocities.com/festivalofnativearts/cutlures.html
~ contributed by Mary Sage March 2006