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SELAWIK:Dance Artist Shares Inspiration from Nature
Alaska Region, October 28, 2010
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Patricia Bulitt with a first grade class in Kotzebue, October 27, 2010.  USFWS photo/B. Sweeney.
Patricia Bulitt with a first grade class in Kotzebue, October 27, 2010. USFWS photo/B. Sweeney. - Photo Credit: n/a

Selawik National Wildlife Refuge recently hosted creative dance artist Patricia Bulitt of Berkeley, California.  Ms. Bulitt, whose history of working in Alaska stretches back to 1977, conducted intimate workshops in every classroom of June Nelson Elementary School in Kotzebue.  Her performance of her “mother of the mukluk seals” mask dance engaged students, who asked many questions about the costume used during the performance.  Ms. Bulitt also shared with each class the story behind the dance, how she found the inspiration for it, and how it developed over time.  Although not a traditional dance, the piece is clearly connected to Alaska and the dancer’s experiences here, and dealt with subject matter familiar to students in northwest Alaska.  Selawik Refuge took the opportunity to extend Ms. Bulitt’s tour in Alaska– she was in Bethel prior to her Kotzebue visit – in hopes that students would find a spark in her work and in the way she draws inspiration from the natural world.  Over 340 students were involved in the 4-day-long dance residency in their school, October 25-28.


Contact Info: Brittany Sweeney, (907) 442-3799 ex.13, brittany_sweeney@fws.gov



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