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Through out Ben Boyd's life his primary talents have been in the fields of Art, Dance and Music. Upon coming to Alaska in 1975 he added to those talents by living a Traditional Native Subsistence way of life which expanded his talents to Dog Mushing, Hunting, Trapping, Fishing and Arctic Survival Skills.

In 2001 he received a Masters Degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks for who he has also taught. He worked on multimedia and video productions to pursue an Interdisciplinary Degree in Cultural Documentation through Multimedia from the Art, Journalism and Communication Departments. He spent many years working on the degree and has more than twice as many credits as required because he had to continue in order to keep up with the evolving technology and because he needed access to equipment to work on actual projects.

Boyd is a Wildlife Cameraman with many Alaska Wildlife Videos on Youtube. CLICK TO SEE WILDLIFE VIDEOS

TOURISM MARKETING

Boyd Communications is owned and operated by Ben Boyd. The company authors websites and produces Websites and Video Productions in English, Chinese, and Japanese. It specializes in Tourism Marketing and Native Culture and Wildlife Video Productions.
www.benboydalaska.com
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Boyd was for 12 years employed by Doyon Tourism Inc. a subsidiary of Doyon Limited an Alaska Native Regional Corporation. Duties included Wildlife Tour Guide, Sled Dog Presentation, Native Culture Programs, Hoop Dance Performances, Expeditor, Special Projects Director, Video Producer and Internet Marketing. In 2013 he retired from this position to operate his own tour company.
www.seedenali.com

Boyd manages and markets
5 Star Log Cabins (Long Term Rentals) www.5starlogcabins.com


Ben Boyd's Dog Team Presentation

60'HITS PERFORMANCE

Ben Boyd has been a professional musician since age thirteen preforming R&R in Teen Dance Clubs. He is in his seventies and has be playing R&R since the 50's when it began. He learned to play Rhythm & Blues in the 60's while playing in Black R&B Bands in St. Louis and later played in Hippie Bands in LA. He has played in groups with hit recordings and worked in recording studios in Hollywood California. He continued to work there as a recording and video producer. He played in clubs in Fairbanks during the pipeline era and helped start some of the first Native Bands in the Indian Villages above the Yukon River where he was an Itinerant Music Teacher in seven Indian villages.

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Performance at Alaska State Fair Video

 

Ben Boyd's recordings are comprised of instrument tracks, backup vocals, and lead vocals all performed by himself. He performs a 60's Hit Music Show that presents some of the most famous recordings of that era. He has been playing the songs in these performances ever since they first came out. Using computer technology he is able to play and mix all of the instrument and back-up vocals, for accompaniment for his singing and instrumental solos. It is a One Man Band performance. He is also one of the oldest professional Indian Hoop Dancers in America today and gives performances that include both 60's Hit Music and Native Hoop Dancing.

NATIVE HOOP DANCER

Perhaps,his best talent is Indian Dancing.
He started dancing at age six and was a professional dancer at age thirteen. There are two types of dance he specialize in, Fancy Dance and Hoop Dancing. Both of them are considered the most difficult forms of Inter-Tribal Dancing and are usually done by young men and women up to their mid thirties. He is in his seventies and still does these dances like he did when he was a teenager. He is the oldest performing Hoop Dancer in the World and uses 28 hoops. When he was sixty he started Hoop Dancing again, after taking a break while living in the Alaska Wilderness, so that his daughter Hanna, then 3 years old, could learn the dance. Hanna is now 13 and uses 15 hoops.

Ben is a descendent of the Cherokee Trail of Tears. His family escaped into the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and that is where he grew up and spent summers in Oklahoma dancing at Powwows. These days, Ben is a Lead Dancer for Powwows in Alaska and Elder Adviser for the annual Midnight Sun Powwow held in Fairbanks in July.

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Ben Boyd and Grandfather 1962

Click Photo for Video of Ben's Fancy Dance

ALASKA NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR
BOX 82896 Fairbanks, AK 99708
907.322.3483

info@alasknorthernlights.net

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