Ignite Talks by David "Kitaq" Nicolai
David "Kitaq" Nicolai
David was born and raised in Anchorage, AK. He is of Yup'ik, Athabascan, and French Canadian descent. He went to college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and returned to Anchorage with a mechanical engineering degree in 2007. David began learning string figures from his dad and his dad's mother when he was 12 years old, and has been performing them publicly since he was 16. He has performed for the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, and for many schools, hospitals, and interested audiences all around the nation.