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.
British Columbia-based artist Andy Everson likes to use dark imagery from “Star Wars” and add traditional Native designs as a way to uplift Native people. “As a child of the 1970s, I grew up around ‘Star Wars’ and collected all…
A weaving presentation displayed blankets, aprons and other items made by practicing artisans from Southeast Alaska and British Columbia. About 50 people attended the presentation Wednesday by weavers and weaving historians in the Shuka Hit clan house in the Walter Soboleff Building.
The group of canoes have traveled from Ketchikan, Sitka, Kake, Angoon, Hoonah, Yakutat — even Canada. Clan leaders at Douglas Harbor gave permission to One People Canoe Society and its canoes to land. And then they welcomed those arriving by water at the boat ramp.
“That regalia that you’re wearing, that’s our ancestors that are present,” Tlingit language teacher Heather Powell said. “So it’s a really exciting time to be able to participate in ceremony amongst each other.”
“This voyage for many has a particular focus on the revitalization of Alaska Native language and of course it’s all having to do with coming together at Celebration here in Juneau which was began by Sealaska in 1982 and which continues today held every two years,” Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott said.