Several hundred people welcomed seven canoe teams Wednesday who paddled to Juneau for Celebration 2012.
About 90 Southeast Alaskans are making their way to Celebration 2012 by traditional canoe.
Celebration 2012 begins Thursday morning with the grand entrance, led by the Xudzidaa Kwáan Dancers of Angoon. More than 50 other groups from Alaska, Canada and the Lower-48 will take the stage during the Thursday-through-Saturday event, which is Southeast Alaska’s largest Native cultural gathering.
Gov. Sean Parnell has signed legislation creating an Alaska Native Language and Advisory Council.
An audio slideshow of the Alaska Folk Festival, 2012.
She advocated against racial discrimination and for integrating cultural studies in the schools.
Southeast Alaska lost two well-known and much-loved acoustic musicians during the past year.
Alaska Folk Festival guest artists The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band perform the song “Big Daddy” at Centennial Hall in Juneau on April 12, 2012.
The Juneau Douglas High School Drama Department has been selected to perform next year at the prestigious International Fringe Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Rural Alaska’s economic and social problems require greater cooperation between Native Corporations and federally recognized tribes, says Tlingit and Haida Central Council President Ed Thomas. “We have very weak rural economies, we have high cost of energy that leads to high cost of living, higher cost of survival in our communities,” he says. Thomas says…