UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  2009 BARROW WHALER INVITATIONAL

 

 

Thursday – February 5th

 

2:30            p.m.      Coaches Meeting @ Library

3:00            p.m.      Free throw contest

4:00            p.m.      Girls – Kenai vs. Noatak

5:30            p.m.      Boys – Kenai vs. Point Hope

7:00            p.m.      Girls – Nome vs. Lady Whalers

8:30            p.m.      Boys – Chugiak vs. Whalers

 

Friday – February 6TH

 

2:30            p.m.      3 Point contest

3:30            p.m.      Girls – Noatak vs. Nome

5:00            p.m.      Boys – Chugiak vs. Point Hope

6:30            p.m.      Girls – Lady Whalers vs. Kenai

8:00            p.m.      Boys – Whalers vs. Kenai

 

Saturday – February 7TH

 

3:30            p.m.      Girls -   Kenai vs. Nome

5:00            p.m.      Boys -   Kenai vs. Chugiak

6:30            p.m.      Girls -   Noatak vs. Lady Whalers

8:00            p.m.      Boys -   Point Hope vs. Whalers

 

      (Note:  Barrow will be home team on scoreboard)  

 

 

 

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THE SUURIMMAANITCHUAT DANCERS, BARROW ALASKA

 

The Inupiaq Eskimo dancers of northern Alaska are well-known among the Native American and Alaskan Native people for the spirited drumming and singing that accompanies their dance performances.  In Inupiaq dance, the men and women form in rows and sing in unison while the men drum in accompaniment.  Dances are either motion dances, where a specific set of motions accompanies the drumming and singing, procession dances, or “happy dances” -more freestyle and improvised performances with no specific motions.  Dances are performed by group members, couples or sets, with some songs set aside for men or women only. 

 

In Barrow, Alaska -our home town, there are four local Inupiaq dance groups.  Our dance group, the Suurimmaanitchuat Dancers, led today by elder Warren Matumeak, has been performing for nearly twenty years, and consists of approximately twenty performers of all ages.  The Suurimmaanitchuat Dance group holds a special place in the Native dance community for its blend of locally-derived songs and songs that have been shared among our circum-Arctic neighbors.  

 

The locally-derived songs of the Suurimmaanitchuat Dancers were composed largely by original dance group members the late Walter Akpik Sr. and Warren Matumeak and their forebears, and have their roots in the north-central North Slope of Alaska.  Other, more recently composed songs and motions were composed by some of the other dance performers.  Many of the recently-composed songs are performed with a smile (one dance, for example, mimics the pre-flight briefing of airline stewardesses).  Still other songs have been borrowed and exchanged with groups from as far away as Savoonga, and Chukotka in the Bering Sea and Arctic Canada.

 

The Suurimmaanitchuat Dancers have performed at a variety of Alaskan places including the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, in Anchorage, Bethel’s Camai’ Festival, the Kotzebue Trade Fair, and the Barrow-based Kivgiq Messenger Feast.  They have traveled outside of Alaska for performances even as far away as China.  The group was asked in the summer of 2003 to lead the procession of the University of Alaska Fairbanks graduation ceremony.  They were one of three Alaskan Native dance groups invited to perform at the Grand Opening ceremony of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington DC, and also led the opening procession of the International Whaling Commission meeting in Anchorage, Alaska in 2007.

 

The Suurimmaanitchuat Dancers are proud to be the only Alaskan Native dance group to be invited to the inaugural parade for President-Elect Obama, on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC.

 

 

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