WINTER 2015 – Hunt Fish Share Vote Rally

Keisha Joseph uses social media hashtags to support subsistence at the Hunt Fish Share and Vote Rally in Anchorage during AFN. Photo by Angela Gonzalez

Keisha Joseph uses social media hashtags to support subsistence at the Hunt Fish Share and Vote Rally in Anchorage during AFN. Photo by Angela Gonzalez

A rally was held on the Delaney Park Strip in downtown Anchorage on October 22. The Hunt Fish Share Vote Rally was held to support Alaska Native hunting and fishing rights and to inspire Alaskans to vote. Many people from around Alaska showed their support with signs and speeches. It was the third rally for subsistence held during the week of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. The first 100 people received t-shirts from the rally with the message “Get Up Stand Up for Alaska Native Hunting and Fishing Rights.”

Supporters gathered for the Hunt Fish Share and Vote Rally in Anchorage. Photo by Angela Gonzalez

Supporters gathered for the Hunt Fish Share and Vote Rally in Anchorage. Photo by Angela Gonzalez

Entertainer and activist, Allison Warden, spoke at the rally. Allison Warden (AKU-MATU) is an Iñupiaq Eskimo Inter-Disciplinary Artist with a passion for the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples. She raps under the name AKU-MATU and loves working with young people, empowering them through the use of theatre and music. She said, “This is our time to show who we are…show our beautiful ancestry and heritage, and fight for our way to live, our freedom, our food.” Allison said Alaska Natives have been living a subsistence lifestyle for thousands of years. She followed by saying, “It’s our inherent right, so we need to fight for it and go out and vote!”

Princess Daazhraii Johnson is Gwich’in Athabascan with family from Arctic Village. She is the Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee. Princess was one of the organizers of rally, and she invited others to bring their drums, signs and strong spirits. She said, “This is an opportunity for us to raise our voices, and really speak out against the injustices that we continue to face today as Alaska Native people.” According to Princess, the rally was about tribal sovereignty, self-determination, moratorium on king salmon, language rights and voting rights. She said, “We need to be co-managers of our natural resources. We need to be respected and at the table.” Princess Johnson believes tribal sovereignty should not feel like a threat to the state of Alaska.

Supporters sang and drummed for Alaska Native hunting and fishing rights during the Hunt Fish Share and Vote Rally. Photo by Angela Gonzalez

Supporters sang and drummed for Alaska Native hunting and fishing rights during the Hunt Fish Share and Vote Rally. Photo by Angela Gonzalez

Allison Warden speaks at the rally. Photo by Angela Gonzalez

Allison Warden speaks at the rally. Photo by Angela Gonzalez