When the history of George Ahmaogak’s reign as North Slope Borough Mayor is written, I imagine there will be as many pros as cons cited. He was first elected in 1984. He is still mayor. He was twice elected to two successive terms. Arguably, his influence on the North Slope will be felt and debated for many generations to come.
But there is one thing that can’t be debated about him. He revived and re-invigorated Inupiat dance traditions through his resurrection of Kivgiq, a dance festival now a staple of wintertime fun on the North Slope.
Inupiat dance has always