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.
She advocated against racial discrimination and for integrating cultural studies in the schools.
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…
Alaska Native Corporations display a strong ethos of corporate responsibility, according to an anthropologist who studies the organizations.
Sealaska director and former CEO Byron Mallott says the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act is a work in progress.
Sealaska Heritage Foundation President Rosita Worl is the Alaska Federation of Native’s Citizen of the Year.
SEARHC President Emeritus Ethel Lund, of Juneau, has received an award for her work in protecting and promoting respect for Alaska Native women and children.