Large crowd greets Celebration paddlers

The paddlers pose as a cruise ship goes by Sandy Beach. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Canoes arrive at Sandy Beach just in time for Celebration.(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Canoes arrive at Sandy Beach just in time for Celebration.(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Canoes arrive at Sandy Beach just in time for Celebration.(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Canoes arrive at Sandy Beach just in time for Celebration.(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Canoes arrive at Sandy Beach just in time for Celebration.(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Canoes arrive at Sandy Beach just in time for Celebration.(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Canoes arrive at Sandy Beach just in time for Celebration.(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Hauling the canoes up the beach. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Canoes arrive at Sandy Beach just in time for Celebration.(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

The paddlers gather off the beach. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

(Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

(Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

(Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

celebration_coverageDozens of paddlers from Yakutat to Metlakatla and places in between landed their canoes on a Juneau beach on their way to the Southeast Native cultural festival Celebration 2014.

More than 500 people waded into the water or watched from the shore as the paddlers ended their journey Wednesday afternoon. Hundreds of others lined a nearby causeway or cheered from parks and bridges along the route.

We spoke with some of the paddlers and recorded some of the songs and filed this audio post card.


Celebration continues through Saturday night. You can watch many of the events on 360North TV or online at 360north.org.

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