Nellie Vale, 10, of Yakutat arrived by canoe to Celebration 2018. The festival is held every two years to celebrate Southeast Native culture, and it unofficially begins with canoes representing various tribes arriving into the Juneau area.
What began 36 years ago as an attempt to save Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures from extinction has become a vibrant reminder that Alaska Native traditions are alive and thriving.
Performers exit the hall at the end of Celebration.
Watch Alaska Native veterans, dancers and participants parade through downtown Juneau on the final day of Celebration 2018.
A collection of photographs from KTOO Public Media staff members during Celebration 2018.
The totem pole was created for Goldbelt Heritage Foundation and Douglas Indian Association, as part of a healing process for the T’aaḵú Ḵwáan Tlingit tribe. The pole memorializes the deliberate burning of Akáx Yaa Andagán, the Douglas Indian village, in 1962 and honors the residents who lost their homes.
The competition wasn’t just about awarding the traditional food. The event organizer says it’s also about a history of cultural resilience that still resonates today.
A new perspective on the grand entrance – see it from above with these shots from a drone and a camera on the roof
The Yanyeidí Gooch (Wolf) Totem Pole is meant to honor the T’aakú Kwáan and the residents of “Akáx Yaa Andagán”, Douglas Indian Village that the City of Douglas burned down in 1962 to make way for a harbor and park.
The canoes, built by Wayne Price, had been on the water for four days. Two were from Haines and one was from Haines Junction in Canada.