Celebration 2004 Events Schedule

Posted: Wednesday, June 02, 2004

• Juried Art Show - Opening and Awards Ceremony, 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 2; Exhibit, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays, June 3-July 2, 2004, at the Sealaksa Plaza lobby. The show features Native art selected by jurors in two categories: traditional and contemporary. Jurors judged 46 pieces of art submitted by 22 artists and chose 28 pieces for prizes and exhibit by 14 artists.

• Black Seaweed Contest, 9 a.m. Friday, June 4, at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Entry Deadline: 5 p.m. Thursday, June 3. Entries can be submitted to SHI Sociolinguist Roy Mitchell or to the information booth. First place will be $500, second place will be $250, and third place will be $100.

• Language Fair, 2-5 p.m. Thursday, June 3, location to be announced. Sealaska Heritage Institute sociolinguist Roy Mitchell will discuss the Total Physical Response (TPR) Teaching Method, which is becoming a popular and effective Native-language teaching tool.Hans Chester, a Tlingit speaker and teacher, will demonstrate TPR using the Tlingit language. Chuck Natkong also will do a Haida language demonstration.

• Storytelling Forum - 2-4 p.m. Friday, June 4, at Centennial Hall theater. Ishmael Hope, a Tlingit and Inupiaq Storyteller will organize and lead the forum. Bob Sam, a renowned storyteller, will discuss the importance of continuing the oral traditions of our ancestors. Other participants will include the winners of the Alaska Native Oratory Contest sponsored by the University of Alaska.

• Rangimarie Maori Dancers, Celebration 2004 Special Guests - 1 p.m. Friday, June 4, at ANB Hall, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at Centennial Hall. One of New Zealand's best Maori performing groups will be participating in a cultural exchange tour of Alaska. Their presentations, tour and exchange goals are:

Native Artist Workshops

• Preston Singletary: "Indian-uity: Glass Symbols of Cultural Knowledge," 3 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at Mt. Roberts Tramway Theater. Tlingit artist Singletary has been blowing and sand-carving glass for 20 years. His lecture will focus on how Native artists have moved into the medium of glass.

• Aldona Jonaitis: "New Visions: Experiments in Contemporary Northwest Coast Native Art," 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at Centennial Hall theater. Jonaitis is one of the Jurors of the Sealaska Juried Art Show and Exhibit. She is the Director of the University of Alaska's Museum of the North, and she has published several books on American Indian art and culture, focusing on the Northwest Coast. She will explore the trends she has seen as a museum professional in contemporary Northwest Coast art.

• Robert Davidson: "Juried Art Show Review," 10 a.m. Friday, June 4, Centennial Hall theater. Davidson, one of the Jurors of the Sealaska Juried Art Show, is also a renowned Native carver. He will meet with artists who entered the Juried Art Show and other artists to discuss the fundamentals of traditional Northwest Coast style art.

Canoeing Events

• Coming Ashore Ceremony - 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, at Marine Park. The ceremony will include traditional welcome of canoe teams and visiting clan leaders. Yées Ku.oo dance group will perform a welcome dance.

• Community Canoeing events and picnic - 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at Sandy Beach, Douglas. Five canoes will be available for the events. There will be a race division for teams of men, women, co-ed, and co-ed youth (ages 12-17).Each team should consist of 11 members. There also will be paddling opportunities for community members not wishing to race. For more information contact Doug Chilton, 780-3526.

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