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Saanya Kwáan takes center role in Celebration 2014


Harvey Shields remembers attending the first Celebration in 1982 as a member of the Saanya Kwáan (Cape Fox) Dancers, led by his mother, Martha Shields.

Photos: Thursday Celebration

Photos from Thursday’s Celebration events. For more images of all the action, check out our slideshows and video: Slideshow | Coming Ashore Slideshow | A Grand Parade Video | Coming Ashore

Interactive map visualizes Tlingit connection to land


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.

Photos: Celebration

The Sealaska Heritage Institute 2014 Celebration officially kicked of Wednesday in Juneau. Many gathered for the unofficial start of the event at Sandy Beach, to welcome canoes from various ...

Juried Art Show recognizes exemplary works


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.

Schedule of Events


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Dance Group Registration & Ticket Sales, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Centennial Hall. Native Artist Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sealaska Plaza and JACC. Juried Art Show Award Ceremony, 4 p.m., JACC.

Photo: Rosita Worl

Celebration 2014


As we gather together at Celebration 2014, let us reflect on the vision our ancestors and historical leaders held for our future.

#RoadToCelebration: Bringing Artists Together


Long before the Grand Entrance, artists are sewing, weaving, painting and practicing, all in preparation for Celebration every two years.

Clarence Jackson's Speech from Celebration 2002


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.

Haida author pens first children's book, 'Killer Whale Eyes'


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.

Photos: Celebrating Celebration through reflections of the past


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.

Photo: Traditional foods with a modern twist 1

Traditional Foods with a Modern Twist


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.

Photo: Robes that dance

Robes that Dance


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.

Soboleff Center takes shape

The Walter Soboleff Center has quickly taken shape on the corner of Front and Seward Streets downtown, filling in the space once known as “the Pit” with a three-story, contemporary building ...

News organizations sue for sex-abuse records

ANCHORAGE — Two Alaska news organizations filed a lawsuit late Wednesday against Gov. Sean Parnell over his office's refusal to release documents related to the National Guard sexual abuse ...


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