Yup’ik singer Byron Nicholai to perform Friday and Saturday

Yup’ik singer Byron Nicholai who gained national attention through his Facebook page “I Sing. You Dance” will perform in Shuká Hít (the clan house) at the Walter Soboleff Building and the Egan Library.

The first of these two free events will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 at the University of Alaska Southeast’s Egan Library. The performance at the Soboleff Building will be on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m.

Nicholai, a high school senior from Toksook Bay, blends traditional and modern styles in his music to preserve Yup’ik culture and bring it into the mainstream consciousness.

The program is offered through a partnership between Sealaska Heritage Institute and the UAS program PITAAS, which stands for Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools.

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