Hoop dancing competitions, stand-up comedy and an annual gathering of Native elders and youth are all events the pandemic forced online. The switch to Zoom and other online meeting spaces created significant technical challenges in the past year like getting the picture and sound to work and maintaining internet connections. It also highlighted other hurdles like getting input from all those who want to contribute and finding ways to network with fellow attendees. We’ll look at how some event planners have made the most of online gatherings. We’ll also hear how virtual meetings have evolved and whether they’re here to stay.
Dennis Bowen (Seneca Nation) – MC for the Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest
Jackie Keliiaa (Yerington Paiute and Washoe) – stand-up comedian and writer
Karla Booth (Tsimshian from Metlakatla) – Indigenous Leadership Continuum Director at the First Alaskans Institute
Steve LaRance (Hopi/Assiniboine) – co-chair of the Lightening Boy Foundation
Break 1 music: Fancy Dance (song) Black Lodge Singers (artist) Watch This Dancer!
Break 2 music: Drum Time (song) Cree Confederation (artist) Horse Dance – Mistamim Simoowin (album)