(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.
- "A lot of ice experts, including myself, thought we were headed for a record year minimum," said Hajo Eicken, a professor at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
- Despite rainy weather, the luxury cruise liner Crystal Serenity arrived in Nome on schedule, Sunday morning. About a thousand people poured out of the floating hotel and emptied into the town of Nome for a full day of scheduled activities and events, including the formal commemoration held at the Nome Mini Convention Center.
- Kenai Peninsula Assembly Vice President Brent Johnson plans to introduce an ordinance at the meeting Tuesday, August 23, that would replace the invocation or prayer said at the beginning of meetings with a moment of silence.