Thank you to everyone who helped to make Celebration 2018 happen. This year’s gathering was one of our most successful to date. On behalf of Sealaska Heritage Institute, I thank all of the people, organizations and businesses who helped make it come together.
Thank you to major donor Sealaska and all of our generous sponsors; to each member of the dance groups that performed at Celebration 2018; to those who made memorial donations in 2018; to our volunteers and moderators; artists and jurors who participated in our Juried Art Show and the young artists (and their teachers) who took part in our Juried Youth Art Exhibit; exhibit specialists and sponsors; Northwest Coast Art Market artists; toddler regalia participants and their parents; food contest participants and judges; fashion show designers, models, hair stylists, makeup artists and organizational committee members; and weavers who led the weavers’ symposium and demonstrations.
Thanks also to those individuals and organizations who sponsored activities to coincide with Celebration, including those who participated in the two canoe ceremonies and the Yanyeidí totem pole raising (events that added excitement to SHI’s Celebration festivities); the Gold Town Theater film screenings; Kindred Post concerts; and the Alaska Humanities/Rasmuson Foundation showing of a documentary about Nathan Jackson.
Also thanks to the staff at Centennial Hall, the Juneau Arts & Culture Center and the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall; local businesses that helped spread the word about Celebration; the journalists who documented Celebration; and to the City and Borough of Juneau and the community as a whole for welcoming Celebration once again.
We are grateful to you all. Gunalchéesh!
President of Sealaska Heritage Institute