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Irene Bedard and the Alaska State Fair

Sep 1, 2017

Sunday is Alaska Native Cultures Day at the Alaska State Fair. 

Irene Bedard and starstruck Our Community Producer Frank Chythlook
Credit Koahnic Broadcast Corporation

This year’s Alaska State Fair features Alaska Native voices and faces, particularly at the Gathering Place. Between the leadership of stage director Amy Sparck, the quality of guests and the storytelling and emcee skills of Irene Bedard, the Gathering Place has really transformed into a positive showcase of Alaska Native cultures.  

KNBA's Our Community staffer Frank Chythlook got a chance to talk with Irene Bedard about this year's lineup this coming Sunday, but also about why it's so important for indigenous perspectives to come to the fore, both locally, nationally and internationally.

This Coming Sunday, September 3rd, the Alaska Native Performances are as follows: 

11:30 Dena' Stage at the Gathering Place - Miss Alaska Alyssa London

12:00 Dena' Stage at the Gathering Place - Alaska Ninja Warrior Nick Hansen

12:30 Dena' Stage at the Gathering Place - WEIO Blanket Toss

1pm Dena' Stage at the Gathering Place - Spirit the 7th Fire of Alaska

1pm Sluicebox Garden - Marc Brown & Blues Crew, NAMMY award winning Rock and Blues

1:30pm Colony Stage - Anguyak Dancers, Yup'ik Dance & inspirational Music

2pm Dena' Stage at the Gathering Place - Cupiit Yururtet, Dancer group from Chevak

2:30pm Colony Stage  -  Miss Alaska Alyssa London with Eskimo Ninja Warrior Nick Hansen, and actors Irene Bedard and Martin Sensmeier

3pm Dena' Stage at the Gathering Place - Naa Ludisk Gwaaii Yaaghtii

4pm Dena' Stage at the Gathering Place - Spirit 7th Fire of Alaska

5pm Dena' Stage at the Gathering Place - Imamsuaat - Sugpiaq Dance Group

5:30pm Dena' Stage at the Gathering Place - Ida'ina Dance Group from Tebughna

5:30pm Colony Stage - Anguyak Dancers, Yup'ik Dance & inspirational Music

6:30pm Dena' Stage at the Gathering Place - WEIO Blanket Toss

7:00pm Dena' Stage at the Gathering Place - Marc Brown and the Blues Crew, NAMMY award winning Rock and Blues