Yup’ik Teen Has the Songs to Make You Dance

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown December 2nd, 2014 Last Updated on: December 2nd, 2014


Who would have thought that a Yup’ik teenager from a town of 600 people in Western Alaska would become an Internet sensation? But we're living in a world today where we can share our culture with folks all over the world. Once you hear his voice you realize why he's so many are enamored.

Byron Nicholai's story has been shared on KTUU.com and his Facebook page I Sing. You Dance. has quickly gained new followers, up to 7,800! Nicholai told KTUU that the name of the page comes from something he noticed while performing at Alaska Native dance festivals. “Elders in the crowd would inevitably start nodding their heads to the beat. He sang, they danced.”

Here's his latest video from November 15th.

Thank you for sharing your songs with us! For more, please visit I Sing. You Dance.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Lukhwinder Lally

You have a fantastic strong voice. Well done young man. You are an inspiration to us all. Keep up the good work!

Yasmany Estrada Sánchez

I#m a cuban boy, Byron Nicholai, this boy is amazing, i see his videos, …..

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