This year’s Celebration Native cultural event will have an added focus on art.
Celebration 2012 is set for June 7th through the 9th at Juneau’s Centennial Hall. It’s organized by the Sealaska Heritage Institute, the cultural arm of the regional Native corporation of the same name. This year’s theme is “Strengthen Yourself.”
The event will include dozens of dance groups, most from Southeast Alaska, plus traditional food contests and lectures.
Institute President Rosita Worl says organizers have been looking for new ways to promote traditional and contemporary Alaska Native art.
“We are going to have a Native artists’ gathering on Wednesday opening up celebration. And at the close of the day, we’ll have the jurried art show,” Worl says.
Celebration always includes an artists’ market. Worl says this year, it will have a new outdoor venue to allow for more displays.
“We’re planning to have it right here on our parking lot. And we own the lot across the street where we’re going to be building our Sealaska Heritage Center. So we’re going to be seeing if we can have dancing there. It will become more visible right here in the center of town,” she says.
Hear earlier reports:
- Alaska Airlines pilots have reached a breaking point in negotiations with the company, and now have plans to picket outside Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The pilots plan to picket starting at 1 p.m. Monday outside the airport in Anchorage.
- Jenkins was taking a practice run through the class four rapids when a bystander filming the event, noticed another participant, Daniel Hartung, 64, of Indian Valley, flipped out of his kayak and became pinned under a log.
- The Tazlina is the first of two new Alaska Class ferries that the Ketchikan Vigor Alaska shipyard is building for the state. Its two halves are complete and welded together, and shipyard workers are busy getting interior spaces done.
- The Alaska Marine Highway is taking reservations for October through April sailings. The schedule changed so the Matanuska can get new engines.