1. Ovluaq Dance Group from Barrow, Alaska perform at the First Alaskans Elders & Youth Conference


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    The Ovluaq Dance Group from Barrow performed at the 2014 First Alaskans Elders and Youth Conference Wednesday, Oct. 22 in Anchorage, marking the end of three days full of music and dance, educational workshops, and words of inspiration. The bird dance, called Kaa Kaa, originally came from Russia as part of an exchange between the Russian Eskimo Dancers and The Northern Alaskan Eskimo Dance Group. Kaa Kaa, better known as the Raven Dance, was bartered back in 1988 as part of an effort to revive this nearly lost tradition of dance. The Alaska Native dance traditions of Barrow are carried on by the Ovluaq Dance Group through the knowledge passed on from the many elders in the area.

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    • Nancy Jackson's Famous Raven Dance


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      Nancy Jackson performs her famous Raven Dance at the first Celebration in 1982. She was always a big hit at SHI's biennial dance and culture festival. Nancy Walked Into The Forest in 2012 and her son, Nathan Jackson, donated her Raven outfit to Sealaska Heritage Institute

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