Áak'w Rock Indigenous Music Festival
Áak’w Rock is a biennial three-day Indigenous music festival, held on the ancestral homelands of the Áakʼw Ḵwáan in an area called Dzantikʼihéeni, and is also known as Juneau, Alaska. Áak’w Rock showcases Indigenous music from around the world and it’s the first Indigenous music festival in the United States. The festival The festival is presented by Tlingit & Haida tribal government and Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.
For decades, Indigenous and First Nation musicians have performed in the peripheries of the industry. Only in recent years have we seen a significant rise in opportunities, primarily due to collaboration between Indigenous artists, organizations, and allies from Australia, Aotearoa, and Canada. Attending and supporting Áak’w Rock, together we create opportunities to overcome the historical under-representation of Indigenous performance and uplift Indigenous excellence.