Thrive! A Night of Comedy in Fairbanks During AFN


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The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation and the ANTHC Injury Prevention program are pleased to present “Thrive! A Night of Comedy” with performer Tatanka Means.

VIP Reception 5:30 to 6:30: 

Meet & greet w/ Tatanka Means, Entertainment by Iñu-Yupiaq Dance Group & Stephen Blanchett from Pamyua

Light refreshments will be provided. This is a non-alcoholic event.

6:30: Doors Open for General Admission

7:00: Opening Acts will Preform

8:00: Tatanka Means takes the stage

Tatanka Means is an award-winning comedian and one of the youngest Native American comedians performing today. He has been sharing his comedy and motivational messages all over Indian Country. He represents the Oglala Lakota, Omaha and Navajo Nations from Chinle, Arizona.

Byron Nicholai has been practicing traditional Yup’ik Eskimo drumming since the 6th grade and has become a leader of the Nelson Island High School drum group. Byron has a Facebook profile with video clips showcasing his songs entitled ‘I Sing, You Dance.’ He shares his singing with Alaska Native kids to encourage them to get involved in cultural traditions.

The Kingikmiut Dancers and Singers of Anchorage are Inupiat Eskimos, originally from Northwest Alaska. Their village of origin bears the English name of Wales, but the residents call it Kingikmiut. Kingik means “high ground” and Miut means “people who live there” in the Inupiaq language. The group started in 1990 and helped revive the dormant traditional songs and dances. The group performs a variety of dances, such as women’s bench dances, women’s and men’s motion dances and common dances that can be performed by anyone by open invitation.

Samuel Johns is a member of the Ahtna Athabascan native community and born and raised in Copper Center, AK. He is a positive rap singer and motivational speaker who created the Forget Me Not Facebook group to connect homeless Alaska Natives in Anchorage with their families.

The Pingayak Chevak Dance Group is made up of Cup’ik artists who belong to the Pingayak family.  All of the musicians and dancers are from the community of Chevak, 130 miles northwest of the town of Bethel.  This is the first year the family has performed in this group, with the desire to preserve the dancing traditions learned from elders by passing it on to their children.  Four generations of Pingayak’s participate in the performances.

The event is Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 7-9 p.m. at the Fairbanks Westmark Hotel. Tickets are available here and at the door. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for youth, with a limited number of VIP tickets available for $45, which includes an appetizer reception prior to the event, meet and greet with performers, and a VIP goodie bag. The VIP ticket holders will alson enjoy a session with Iñu-Yupiaq Dance Group and Stephen Blanchett from Pamyua.

Online tickets sales have closed. Tickets are available at the door. Credit Cards and Cash are accepted.