(Photos by Casey Kelly/KTOO)
Celebration 2010 is underway. Southeast Alaska’s largest Native cultural gathering kicked off Thursday morning with the Grand Entrance Parade along Juneau’s Willoughby Avenue. Casey Kelly was there, and has this audio postcard.
We hear from a few of the 51 Native dance groups taking part in this year’s festival, as well as the voices of the Reverend Doctor Walter Soboleff, Sealaska board member Clarence Jackson, and Sealaska Heritage Institute President Rosita Worl.
Celebration lasts through Saturday, with dance groups performing until at least 10 p.m. every night. You can watch it live on KTOO’s 360 North cable channel.
- “Part of this funding is set aside to address the needs that the president saw firsthand when he visited coastal communities in Alaska that are seeing their homelands eroding into the ocean at a rapid pace," said Deputy Interior Secretary Mike Connor.
- Gastineau Humane Society called the dog aggressive and not a viable candidate for adoption. The Juneau couple wishes they’d been notified before the dog was put down.
- Dan Henry, also operator of the Skagway Fish Co., said he would make a decision about his future with the Skagway Borough Assembly after he returns home.
- Musher Seth Barnes said early Monday that the last 100 miles of trail coming north to Circle "literally was perfect ... definitely the best trail I’ve been on all year.” His dogs had trained on gravel most of the winter.