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Celebration 2012 (June 7-9)
"Strengthen Yourself"--Ayanaltseen
Ša (Tlingit)   Ńn hl is daguyŠa (Haida)   Lip sha gotgyednshm (Tsimshian)

Xudzidaa KwŠan Dancers of AngoonDVDs of Celebration 2012 available
Celebration 2012 DVDs are available for purchase. Videos available include Grand Entrance, Grand Exit, individual dance performances, parade, and Toddler Regalia Review. $25 per DVD plus shipping. Allow 5-8 weeks for delivery. To order contact our front office at 907-463-4844.

Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor the next Celebration June 7-9, 2012 in Juneau. The institute's biennial Juried Art Show and Competition awards ceremony will be held on the evening of June 6 along with a Native Artist Gathering..

Celebration is a major dance-and-culture festival held every two years. First held in 1982, it has become the largest cultural event in the state, drawing thousands of people to the capital. Along with dance performances, it features associated events, including a Juried Art Show and Competition, Native Artist Market, Native Artist Gathering., seaweed and soapberry contests, a Toddler Regalia Review, workshops, lectures and a parade through downtown Juneau.  Celebration 2012 will be led by the Xudzidaa KwŠan Dancers of Angoon (above). Also, for the first time Sealaska, through its subsidiary Haa Aani, will host an Oyster Fest at the SHI lot, across from Sealaska Plaza downtown.

Hotels sometimes fill up soon after this date is released, so SHI encourages people to book rooms early. Please check back for more information. Tlingit National Anthem (text version)


Ticket Prices
3-day pass: $30; Elders and Youth (7-12) $15
1-day pass: Adult $15; Elders and Youth (7-12) $10
Children 6 years and younger: Free

NOTE: We will be accepting cash only at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall (formerly ANB) and at the admissions table by the Centennial Hall parking lot (no checks or credit cards). For credit card payments, go to the admissions table off of the main lobby by retail at Centennial Hall.


Celebration to be broadcast, streamed live
Celebration 2012 will be broadcast on statewide television on 360 North. It will also be streamed live online. (Where to Watch 360 North on TV) (Webcast)

Winners of Juried Art Competition announced
Seven artists have taken top awards at Sealaska Heritage Instituteís sixth Juried Art Show and Competition in Juneau. The winners, chosen by jurors Nathan Jackson, a world-renowned Tlingit artist, and Peter Corey, a scholar in Northwest Coast arts, are Best of Show, Arthur B. Nelson for Raven Bowl (pictured)...(more) (Photos)

Parking during Celebration
There will be free parking across the street from Centennial Hall in the lot known as the subport (on Gastineau Channel). In other areas of Juneau, there may be a fee for parking. (See CBJ Parking Information)

Celebration to kick off next week
Native Artist Market to move to Sealaska Plaza
SHI will kick off its biennial Celebration next week, marking the 30th year since the inception of the popular dance-and-culture festival. Celebration is a major event organized by Sealaska Heritage Institute every two years. First held in 1982, it has become the largest cultural event in the state, drawing thousands of people to the capital. Itís a time when Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people come together to celebrate their survival as a culture, said SHI President Rosita Worl, adding itís also a community event open to the general public...(more) (Dance Schedule) (Associated Events Schedule) (Venues Map)

Upcoming art-oriented Celebration events
Just about every aspect of Celebration could be considered "art"--from the drumming to the dancing to the exquisitely-crafted regalia. But a few events are designed specifically to celebrate Native arts. Here's a look at what's coming up early next week...(more)

How to pronounce the Celebration 2012 theme in Tlingit
Audio by Nora Dauenhauer. Recording collected by Daphne Wright (Audio)

News articles about Celebration 2012
"Photos: A grand entrance indeed"
"Celebration juried art competition winners named"
"SHI's juried art exhibit opens at JACC"
"Strengthen yourself at Celebration"
"Genetic researchers hope to trace Raven and Eagle lineages"
"SHI to sponsor DNA research during Celebration"
"Celebration kicks off this week in 30th year
"Biennial Celebration starts in Juneau next week
"Upcoming art-oriented Celebration events"

News articles about previous Celebrations
"Celebration Makes List of 7 Alaska Things to Put on Your Life List"
"Celebration 2010 begins Wednesday"
"Finding long lost relatives"
"Grand Entrance"
"Shocking story behind Sealaska art show winner"