Grand Entrance

Posted: Friday, June 04, 2010

Celebration, the region's biennial Native Alaskan dance and culture festival, continues for the second day today with hours of dancing, a soapberry contest and lectures at Centennial Hall.

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Michael Penn/Juneau Empire
Michael Penn/Juneau Empire

In its 28th year, Celebration now brings about 5,000 people and 50 dance groups to Juneau from Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 states to recognize and appreciate Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures.

A soapberry recipe contest begins this morning at 8:30 a.m. in the Hickel Room at Centennial Hall. Seaweed recipe contests were held Thursday. Grand Entrance was also held Thursday, the first day of the event.

The parade - a highlight of the event - that snakes through downtown starts Saturday morning with dancers lining up by 7:30 a.m. Grand Exit is set for Saturday night.

Dance groups perform today starting at 9 a.m. at Centennial Hall and the ANB Hall. The Native Artists Market also continues at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Toddler Regalia Review, an event started in 2008 that provides a chance to showcase traditional and modern regalia, is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

Tickets to Celebration are $30 for a three-day pass for adults and $15 for elders and youth. One-day passes are $15 for adults and $10 for youth.

Seven artists took top awards at the fifth Sealaska Juried Art Competition for best contemporary and traditional Native art. Winners were announced Thursday.

Wayne Price received Best of Show for his "Tlingit Helmet" in the traditional category. Merle Anderson won the contemporary category with "Cedar Bark Hat Box."

Twenty other artists also were chosen to exhibit their work in the show. The work will be on exhibit at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center through June 27. Some of the pieces are available for purchase.

Sealaska Heritage Institute, a nonprofit founded buy Sealaska Native Corp. to administer the corporation's cultural programs, created the art competition in 2002.

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