ALASKA NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR
ABOUT ALASKA AURORA TOUR
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 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.
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.
Boyd manages and
Ben Boyd's Dog Team Presentation
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.
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
talent is Indian Dancing.
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.
Ben Boyd and Grandfather 1962
Click Photo for Video of Ben's Fancy Dance