Alaska Native Dance

National and Alaska Standards

National Geography Standards

NSS-G.K-12.2: As a result of activities in Grades K-12, all students should:

  • Understand how culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions.

NSS-G.K-12.4: As a result of activities in Grades K-12, all students should:

  • Understand the characteristics, distribution, and complexity of Earth's cultural mosaics.

NSS-G.K-12.5: As a result of activities in Grades K-12, all students should:

  • Understand how physical systems affect human systems.
  • Understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources.

National Physical Education Standards

NPH.K-12.1: A physically educated student:

  • Demonstrates competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms.

NPH.K-12.7: A physically educated student:

  • Understands that physical activities provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.

National Fine Arts (Music) Standards

NA-5-8.9: Understanding Music in Relation to History and Culture

  • Students describe distinguishing characteristics of representative music genres and styles from a variety of cultures.
  • Students compare, in several cultures of the world, functions music serves, roles of musicians, and conditions under which music is typically performed.

Alaska Geography Standards

B: A student should be able to utilize, analyze, and explain information about the human and physical features of places and regions. A student who meets the content standard should:

  • Relate how people create similiarities and differences among people.
  • Discuss how and why groups and individuals identify with places.

D: A student should understand the dynamic and be able to interpret spatial (geographic) characteristcs of human systems, including migration, movement, interactions of cultures, economic activities, settlement patterns, and political units in the state, nation, and world. A student who meets the content standard should:

  • Analyze how changes in technology, transportation, and communication impact social, cultural, economic, and political activity.

E. A student should understand and be able to evaluate how humans and phyusical environments interact. A student who meets the content standard should:

  • Understand how resources have been developed and used.

Alaska Arts Standards

A. A student should be able to create and perform in the arts. A student who meets the content standard should:

  • participate in dance, drama, music, visual arts, and creative writing.
  • refine artistic skills and develop self-discipline throgh rehearsal, practice, and revision.
  • appropriately use new and traditional materials, tools, techniques, and processes in the arts.
  • collaborate with others to create and perform works of art.

B. A student should be able to understand the historical and contemporary role of the arts in Alaska, the nation, and the world. A student who meets the content standard should:

  • recognize Alaska Native cultures and their arts.
  • recognize the role of tradition and ritual in the arts.
  • investigate the relationshiops among the arts and the individual, the society, and the environment.
  • respect differences in personal and cultural perspectives.

Alaska Cultural Standards

B. Culturally-knowledgeable students are able to build on the knowledge and skills of the local cultural community as a foundation from which to achieve personal and academic success throughout life. Students who meet this cultural standard are able to:

  • Acquire insights from other cultures without diminishing the integrity of their own.

C. Culturally-knowledgeable students are able to actively paerticipate in various cultural environments.  Students who meet this cultural standard are able to:

  • Enter into and function effectively in a variety of cultural settings.

D. Culturally-knowledgeable students are able to engage effectively in learning activities that are based on traditional ways of knowing and learning. Students who meet this cultural standard are able to:

  • Acquire in-depth cultural knowledge through active participation and meaningful interaction with Elders.
  • Identify and utilize appropriate sources of cultural knowledge to find solutions to everyday problems.

E. Culturally-knowledgeable students demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the relationships and processes of interaction of all elements in the world around them. Students who meet his cultural standard are able to:

  • Recognize how and why cultures change over time.