Call for Papers
2016 Alaska Native Studies Conference
Preconference April 14
Conference April 15-16
University of Alaska Anchorage

Wellness & Healing: Indigenous Innovations & Alaska Native Research

The Alaska Native Studies Council invites submissions from all fields related to Indigenous and Alaska Native Studies, especially those that focus on the conference theme. Alaska Native research provides transformative models and solutions relevant to business, wellness and healing, artwork, and other essential cultural traditions. This conference invites practitioners and researchers, scholars, teachers, artists, students, and Elders to share and strategize initiatives for moving our communities forward. Alaska Natives are at the forefront in the areas of business, health care, art and recognition of Elder knowledge. Our Alaska Native peoples have been living on their homeland since time immemorial, and continue to practice their traditional values.

Keynote speakers: Michael Yellow Bird (Arikara)
Shawn Wilson (Cree)

Scholars, teachers, artists, researchers, students, Elders, and practitioners from all fields and disciplines are invited to submit proposals that address a variety of issues including, but not limited to: Traditional Medicine; Indigenous and Western Concepts of Healing; the Arctic as a global political reality; Alaska Native business models; Food Sovereignty; Issues of Historical Trauma; Truth & Reconciliation as a healing process in boarding/residential schools; Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act; Indigenous Games; Village Outmigration; Sustainable Economies; United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Spirituality and Ceremony; new Educational Paradigms, Technology; Self-determination and Sovereignty; History, Oral Traditions and Contemporary Texts, Indigenous Research Methodologies; Alaska Native Science and Math; Subsistence in a time of global climate change.
Formats include, but are not limited to:
• individual papers (20 minutes)
• panels (3-4 participants, 90 minutes)
• roundtables (3-5 participants 90 minutes)
• poster presentations
• alternative formats (performances, film, media, workshops)

Please Note: All presenters who are accepted to the Program must also register for the Conference.

Please send proposal submissions via e-mail by November 15, 2015 and include the following:
• a paragraph describing the theme and/or title of the panel or presentation
• the format (individual paper, round table, panel, performance, etc.)
• name(s) and address and email contact information of presenter(s)

Additional Dates & Information
Proposal notification/acceptances will be sent out no later than February 1, 2016
preliminary program will be posted by March 1, 2016

• Pre-registration will begin February 1, 2016 with Early Bird registration ending April 1, 2016
• Address any questions to:
• Conference Program and further updates will be posted at:

Preconference I: Indigenous Languages, April 14, 2016
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Preconference II: Alaska Native Businesses, April 14, 2016

Mission of the Alaska Native Studies Council
The Alaska Native Studies Council promotes a deeper and more sustained commitment to integrating Indigenous perspectives into a variety of educational settings. Our mission is to identify, develop, and implement Native-focused curricula, to promote and publish Alaska Native-related research and pedagogical strategies, and to develop a strategic plan to help us attain these goals.

Program Committee: Jeane Breinig, Sharon Lind, Beth Leonard, Maria Williams, Paul Ongtooguk, E.J. David, Maria Crouch, Medeia Csoba-DeHass, Ryan Harrod, Amanda Kookesh, Rebecca Drier, Crystalyn Lemieux, Heidi Senungetuk, X’unei Twitchell, Roy Mitchell, Tony Kaliss, Kirsten Anderson


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