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"A blessing song was requested by a couple of people and I agreed to sing it. This is one of the most, if not, the most respected traditional song that I know." Byron Nicholai - Yup'ik singer

His online videos include traditional songs, songs he’s improvised and pop covers. “I try to mix the traditional with the modern, because teens today are so modern. They’re starting to think the traditional way is boring. So what if I mixed them? They would still be into the modern but they would learn more about the traditional way, too.”

“You see a young person making a change and you want to do that too. Like, monkey see monkey do. So if they see me making a change for my community, all the Alaska Natives, they’re going to get inspired. They’re going to start going to dance practices,” he said.

“You find out that people are talking about you positively, and it makes my heart smile,” Nicholai said. “It tells me that I’m doing very good, tells me that I’m giving back to my community.”


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A blessing song was requested by a couple of people and I agreed to sing it.(: this is one of the most, if not, the most respected traditional song that I know.
Posted by I Sing. You Dance. on Sunday, January 18, 2015

Responses to "A 16-year-old Yup'ik Teen Sings Traditional Yup'ik "Blessing Song" "

  1. LTAL says:

    Beautiful!

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