Audio Postcard: One People Canoe Society lands in Douglas for Celebration

 

Ed Thomas, former President of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska helps load a canoe before finishing a paddle from Angoon to Juneau on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, near Juneau, Alaska. The society began the trip on June 2. Their landing on Douglas Island is the unofficial beginning of Celebration. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)
Ed Thomas, former President of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska helps load a canoe before finishing a paddle from Angoon to Juneau on June 8,  near Juneau. The society began the trip on June 2. Their landing on Douglas Island is the unofficial beginning of Celebration. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)

Ten canoes landed at the Douglas Harbor Wednesday, marking the end of a 6-day journey from Angoon to Juneau.

In what organizers called the unofficial beginning to the biennial Celebration festival, hundreds of people waited at the harbor to cheer the weary, but exuberant, travelers after their long journey.

KTOO’s Rashah McChesney rode along for the last leg of the journey; here’s an audio postcard from her morning on the water.

This and several other events mark the beginning of Celebration festivities which will run through Saturday in Juneau.

Live television coverage of Celebration on 360 North and 360north.org begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Celebration coverage continues from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Saturday. For more Celebration news coverage, go to ktoo.org/celebration.

 

 

 

Rashah McChesney

Daily News Editor

I help the newsroom establish daily news priorities and do hands-on editing to ensure a steady stream of breaking and enterprise news for a local and regional audience.

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