Keynote Speakers


Thursday, February 27, 12:00 – 2:00pm, Westmark Hotel Fairbanks

Keynote Speaker: Princess Johnson, Neets’aii Gwich’in and creative producer for PBS Kids’ Molly of Denali.

Title: The Need for Indigenous Narrative Sovereignty

Summary: For so long, the ‘colonial gaze’ has obscured, romanticized, manufactured, and extracted Indigenous stories resulting in stereotypes that haunt the American psyche to this day. The power of negative stereotypes have far-reaching implications in our society, including the shaping of policy, the perpetuation of racism in education, healthcare, etc. We will discuss the need for Indigenous Narrative Sovereignty and the role it plays in shifting the dominant narrative and providing space for an Indigenous worldview.


Dinner Banquet

Friday, February 28, 6:00 – 9:00pm, Westmark Hotel Fairbanks

Keynote Speakers: Walkie Charles and Billy Charles

Walkie Charles, originally of Emmonak, is an associate professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and heads the Yup’ik-degree program.

Billy Charles has worked for many years with the Center for Alaska Native Health Research as c0-PI of the Qungasvik Project, among others, that aims at wellness for the Yup’ik communities – strength-based project that helps reducing Alaska Native suicide and alcohol misuse.

Working Title: Defining Ethical Research from a Local Perspective.

This talk will focus on what research means from the eyes and ears of the “researched.” What can we do as researchers to establish a respectful dialog that could enhance the strength of indigenous studies through anthropology? The Charles brothers will attempt to share what type of research broadens everyone’s understanding about studying “insiders.”