One cannot separate Tlingit history from the land, and it's never been easier to understand why, with a collaboration between the Taku River Tlingit First Nation and the University of British Columbia.
In introducing the winners of Sealaska Heritage Institute's seventh biennial Juried Art Show and Competition Wednesday evening, juror and Tsimshian artist David R. Boxley took a few moments to express his great passion for Northwest Coast Art.
This speech was given by Clarence Jackson (Asx'aak, Gastín, Daanaawú, Tá Gooch) of the Tsaagweidí clan, a beloved Tlingit Elder and leader, a Sealaska board member and chairman of the Sealaska Heritage Institute's Council of Traditional Scholars.
As a little girl, Sondra Simone Segundo spent her summers in Hydaburg where her grandmother and great-grandmother lived. There, she heard Haida stories passed down from generation to generation about her ancestors.
One story struck her in particular.
Dancers, attendees, elders, youth and members of Native clans from all over Alaska converge on Juneau's downtown streetscape to experience the Grand Entrance and Celebration parades during the biannual event in 2012.
Historically, soapberry dishes were made at ceremonial gatherings and considered an uncommon treat. Thanks to the biennial event Celebration, people have the chance to make and taste the dish this week.
Editor's note: This excerpt was reprinted from "Celebration 2000: Restoring Balance Through Culture," with permission from Sealaska Heritage Institute I n the rain forest of Alaska live the Tlingit people whose woven textiles are alive with power.