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Purpose Prize: Our director, the Rev. Belle Mickelson, is one of six national winners of the Purpose Prize for people over 60 who are making a difference in the world! Join with her and help us spread music to kids everywhere! Read more about it at this link... 

Bearfoot: 15 years ago, Cordova 4H Music camp counselors formed a bluegrass band called Bearfoot to showcase music camps.  This Alaskan band is professional with 5 CD's, a record contract, and an agent.  Bearfoot has played concerts and taught 100 Bluegrass Music Camps for Kids in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, and Ireland. They won the Telluride Bluegrass Band Contest in 2001 and five years ago were the guest artists at the Anchorage Folk Festival. Their 4th CD was ranked number one nationally in Billboard's Bluegrass Charts. Dancing with the Spirit hopes young Native bands like Bearfoot will begin in every community to teach younger kids in their village and nearby villages…

Bluegrass Christmas in the Villages: A story written by Belle Mickelson hosted at The Bluegrass Blog

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Alaska Public Radio story about music week in Eagle February 2011


Arctic Village students play Gwich’in Princess with Wilbert Kendi (composer and writer) and Rev. Trimble Gilbert, Galen Gilbert, Albert Gilbert, Jr., Fred Weiss, and Rev. Belle Mickelson in December 2011.


Anvik Music Week led by Jim and Amanda Kerr in December 2011.


Beaver Alaska students sing We Wish You a Merry Christmas in Gwich’in for the Heartbeat Alaska TV program led by Pete Peter and Bill Stevens in December 2011.



Dancing with the Spirit in Eagle Alaska Part 1 in September 2009 (10 min.)


Dancing with the Spirit in Eagle Alaska Part 2 in September 2009 (8 min)


Dancing with the Spirit in Eagle Alaska Part 3 in September 2009 (6 min.)


Tanana students sing Indian Rock and Roll with Pete Peter

September 7th, 2014 Article in the Alaska Dispatch

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