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Celebration 2014 (June 11-14)
"Envisioning our future through the reflections of our past"

Celebration 2014 lead dance group, Saanya Kwaan. Photo by Brian WallaceThank you to everyone who helped to make Celebration 2014 happen. It was one of our best Celebrations ever and on behalf of Sealaska Heritage Institute, I thank the following people, organizations and businesses who helped make it come together:

Sponsors: Copper ($10,000 and up): Sealaska, City and Borough of Juneau; Platinum ($5,000 - 9,999): Alaska Airlines, BP Alaska, Carla Kleefeld and Celeste Worl, Managed Business Solutions, LLC; Gold ($2,500 - 4,999): Goldbelt, Incorporated, KPMG, LLP, Northwest Farm Credit Services; Silver ($1,000 - 2,499): Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, ConocoPhillips, Fred Meyer, GCI, Greens Creek Mining, Haa Aani, LLC, Holland America, Juneau Radio Center, Landye Bennett Blumstein, LLP, Pyramid Communications, R&M Engineering - Ketchikan, Inc., Sealaska Environmental Services, The Eyak Corporation, Van Ness Feldman, LLP; Bronze ($500 - 999): Afognak Native Corporation, Alaska Litho, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Anthony and Amanda Mallott, Denali Alaskan, Edward and Catherine Thomas, Elgee Rehfeld Mertz, LLC, Goldbelt Tram, Huna Totem Corporation, Juneau Lions Club, McDowell Group, Inc., Nancy Barnes, in memory of Cecil and Anna Barnes, Office Plus of Alaska, Perkins Coie, Russell Dick and Brenda Edwards, T.W. Hall; Cedar ($250 - 499): Alice Bennett & Family, in memory of Joe Bennet, Sr., Joe Bennett, Jr., Wilma Bennett, Bullwinkles, Inc., C&C Rentals, Chatham Electric, Chris Bader, Columbia Helicopters, Dwight and Rinku Wheaton, ERISA Compliance Associates, LLC, Heritage Coffee, Jason Fujioka, Reggie, Sam, John, Lawrence and Amy Nelson, in memory of our mother Martha Nelson, Kathy Ruddy, Rick Harris and Pat Tynan, Ron, Sherri and Forrest Wolfe, Suzi Jones, Terri-Lynn and Robert Davidson, in memory of Clara Peratrovich, Worl Family, in memory of Dr. Walter Soboleff, Johny Marks, Tom Abbott, Anita Lafferty and Anna Katzeek; Friends ($1 - 249): Alan Mintz, Alaska Permanent Capital Management Company, Audrey Fields, Austin Brown Family, in memory of Helen Skeek, Bessie and Bonar Cooley, in memory of Frank, Lucy, Robert Lee, and Kathleen Jackson, Brian Mass and Betty Jo Degtoff, in memory of Joe Bennett, Carmelita Walter, Charles Spall - Continuous Improvement Application, Inc., Dennis and Delores Starr & Family, in memory of Rose Commodore, Dennis Harris, in memory of Dr. Walter Soboleff, Doris Williams, in memory of Anna Meesha Marie Durgen, Faulkner Banfield, P.C., Harriet Knudson and Children, in memory of Ralph Knudsen, Sr., Jaeleen and Todd Araujo, James and Pamela Young, in memory of Emma and Roger Howard Sr., Joe and Belen Cook, Kari Jabalde, Michael Metz and Carol Watts, in memory of Charles and Beulah Metz, Larry James Sr., in memory of Robert and Helene James, Lee Harris, in memory of Dr. Walter Soboleff, LJ Alarm, Mark Poplis, Martin Environmental, Mary Bailey in memory or Gloria Plummen, Maxine Richert, McDonald's, Melvin Douglas Ward, in memory of Elizabeth Loraine Westman and Dr. Walter Soboleff, Monte Littlefield's Grandchildren, in memory of Monte Littlefield, Nancy Moreno & Family, in memory of Dan Moreno, Jr., Reiner & Reiner, P.A., Roberta Gulledge, Ronald James and Family, in memory of Esther B. James, Russell James and Arlene Bennett, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Kelly James, Sally Kookesh, in memory of Isabella Brady, Shgen George, Sidney Edenshaw, in memory of Clarence Jackson, Taylona Lafferty, in memory of Anita Lafferty, The Willis Family, in memory of Francine Willis, Velma Baines and Family, Western Auto Marine.

Dance Groups: 4th Generation Tsimshian, Aangun Yátx’i, Al’eixx’i, Chilkat Thunderbirds, Cordova Ikumat Alutiiq, Dághalhaan K’e, Dakhk’a Khwáan, Dakwakada Dancers, Deileseen Kwáan, Dikée Aankáawu Yátx’i, Eagle Raven Dancers, Gaawt’ak.aan Dancers, Gaaxw  X’aayí, Gájaa Héen Dancers, Geisan – Marks Trail, Git Gyilhaawli Dancers, Git Hoan, Haandei i jin, Háws Dang Hl K’Ing Saang, Heinyaa Kwáan, Jilkaat Kwáan Heritage Dancers, JOM Mt. St. Elias, Juneau Drum Dancers, Juneau Kaagwaantaan, Juneau Tlingit Dancers, Kaigani Xaadaas, KeexKwáan, Killer Whale Dancers, Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers, Kuteeya Dancers, Ldakát Naax Satí Yátx’i, Mt. Fairweather Dancers, Mt. Juneau Tlingit Dancers, Mt. St. Elias Dancers, Noow Tlein, Saanya Kwáan, Sheet’ka Kwáan Dancers, Shx’at Kwáan, Sít’ Eetí Sháanáx , Sitka Kaagwaantaan, Su Laxgayna, Tlingit & Haida Dancers of Anchorage, Tlingit Language & Literacy, Toddler Regalia Review, Tuulgundlaas Xyaal Xaadee, Wooshji.een, Wrangell Kaasatlaan, Xaaga-naa, Xootsnoowú Dachxanx’i Yán, Yaaw Teiyí, Yées Ku.óo.

2014 Memorial Donors: Alice Bennett and Family in memory of Joe Bennett Sr. and Joe Bennett Jr.; Carl, George, Larry, Reggie & Wallace Marvin in memory on grandparents John Marvin and Lillian Pratt-Marvin, Charlie Bobb and Elsie Mercer; Chuck Smythe in memory of Clarence Jackson; Ed and Cathy Thomas in memory of Clarence Jackson; Edwina White and her daughters in memory of Lillian and Harvey Marvin; Gil Gunderson in memory of Walter Soboleff and Clarence Jackson; Grandmother, aunties, uncles, cousins, and mother in memory of Paulette Marie Elizabeth James; Grania Davis and Ethan Davidson in memory of Dr. Stephen Davis; Harriet Knudson, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in memory of Ralph Knudson, Sr.; Heidi and Peter Jewell and kids in memory of Jake and Lily White and Mamie Williams; Jackie Gray in memory of James 'Jipbo' White; Jackie Gray in memory of Lilly and Jacob White, Sr.; Jeane Breinig in memory of Anna Frank, Louis Leer Jones, Raymond Jones, Henry Jones, George Jones, Willard Jones, Katherine Kerrsletler, Perry Coburn, Chris Coburn; Johanna Mitchell in memory of Eleanor John; Karlene John, Kathy John and Merle Johnson in memory of Peter John Sr. and Jr., Esther Wheaton, and George and Selena Johnson; Lance and Miriah Twitchell in memory of Dorothy Dennis; Lawrence and Shannon Willard in memory of Charles Mike Dewitt; Lynette Moreno Hinz in memory of Johnny Josefsen, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Martin Stepetin Sr. in memory of the Aleut people lost in Southeast internment camps during WWII; Nathan Jackson in memory of Nancy Jackson; Rosita Worl in memory of Clarence Jackson and Dr. Walter Soboleff; Ruth Snook and her family in memory of Russell "Rusty" Snook, Jr.; Sharon Lee in memory of Dan Moreno, Jr. (Kaataan) and Nancy Moreno (Kaheets Tlaa); The Smith and Contreras family in memory of Jake and Lilly White; Tinker Lingley in memory of Yulanda Anderson and Norma Isakson; Tom and Judy Leask Guthrie in memory of Thomas Guthrie IV and Irv and Barbara Leask; Trudy and Ray Skan, Sr. in memory of Jason Skan, Dewey Skan, Sr., Dennis Skan, Dora and George Williams Sr., and Charles Jack Sr.; and Willis Family in memory of Francine Willis, Beth Jack, Charlie and Mary Willis.

Walter Soboleff Center Donors: Joleen Williams, Siyaka, and Dean Abraham, Patrick Anderson, Kookesh L’eeneidi Angoon, Anonymous, Barbara Blake, David Robert Boxley, Graehl Brooks, Susan Cohen, Catherine Edwards, Morgan Howard, Dixie Hutchinson, Mr. & Mrs. William James and family, Chenara and Kyle Johnson, Lee and Louise Kadinger, Sergei Kan in memory John Littlefield and Thomas Young, Jr., Tom Karpstein, Jen Leatham, Charlotte McConnell, Martin and Ann Stepetin Sr., Wells Fargo and Dawn Dinwoodie and Rod Worl.

Moderators: Patrick Anderson, Jaeleen Araujo, Nancy Barnes, Barbara Blake, Jeane Breining, Jessica Chester, Hans Chester, Brian Cladoosby, Irene Dundas, Mary Folletti, Seigóot Jessica, Melissa Kookesh, Albert Kookesh, Aurora Lehr, Deborah Lekanoff, Anthony Lindoff, Tate London, Ben Mallott, Byron Mallott, Paul Marks, Nathan McCowan, Johanna Mitchell, Jackie Pata, Richard Peterson, Richard Rinehart, Ricky Tagaban, Edward Thomas, William (Bill) Thomas, Ralph Wolfe and Lisa Worl.

Other onstage talent: Juried Art Show Juror David R. Boxley and speaker David Katzeek; Story Time participants Lily Hudson Hope, Sondra Simone Segundo, and Hannah Lindoff and Clarissa Hudson.

Artists: Juried Art Show exhibitors: William Bolton, Della Cheney, Hans “Naakiliaan” Chester, Mike Dangeli, Pauling Duncan, Deborah Head-Aanutein, Robert Hoffmann, Lily Hope, Debra O’Gara, Wayne Price, Teri Rofkar, Andrew Tripp, Jennie Wheeler and Joe Young; Native Artist Market participants: Zach Boxley, Alison Bremner, Donna Cranmer, Jno Didrickson, Pauline Duncan, Jo Ghormley, Deborah Head, Rudy Isturis,, Mike Jackson, Edna Jackson, Jeremiah James, Lillian Johnson, Sally Martinez, Lillian Parduhn, Paul Rowley, Karen Sanchez, Betty R. Sanchez, Debra Schoolcraft, Lindarae Shearer, Vivian Smith, Katherine Humpherville, Thompson, Jennie Wheeler, Davida Wood and Bernice Yazzie.

Volunteers: Johana Aguirre, Guy Archibald, Gerald Austin, Linda Belarde, George Bell, Karenza Bott, Joe Bringer, Meaghan Crowley, Campus Crusade , Jacqueline Dailey, Clinton Daniels Jr., Sue Darden, Charlotte Davis, Roxanne Demmert, Amber Dhaenes, Andy Ebona, Susie Edwardson, Tim Eide Sr., Sandy Fiscus, Le Florendo, Barbara Fujimoto, Lina Garrison, Ivy Haube, Deborah Hearing, William Horton-Garrison, Jacob Hotch, Michael Hoyt, Susan Jabal, Julie James, Christie Jamieson, Patrick Kearney, Derek Kengerski, Jennie Knudson, Wilbur Knudson, Janice Koch-Carter, Yoko Kugo, Nicole Lewis, Doreen Lingley, Renee Linton, Adeline Lopez, Zachary Love, Judy Mason, Fiona McDonald, Lucretia McHugh, Raven Mooney, Eleanor Morgan, Margaret Morris, Ke'alalakina  Napiha'a, Harry Okpik Jr., Chaz Padon, Roy Peters, Michelle Rochette, Miguel Rohrbacher,  SAGA, Teresa Schimanski, Alice Sollie, Brittni Sollie, Liz Terry, Dianne Tigges, Geraldeen Vera, Leon Williams and Valarie Wilson.

Toddlers in the Toddler Regalia Review: Paloma Jewell Adams (Kwaatlaa), Allison Akin,  Ethan M. Barry (Yeil Utsasteen), Chloe L Brown,  Richard Soren Chilton,  Raynee Demmert (Kh’eilteen), Forrest Eide (Yush-gaa-gwaa), Shandon Jensen (Kaa jax da kee naa), Lee Allen Kadinger Jr. (Duxsaa aat), Dominic J Knapp (Niitsga Biiyaals), Torin Kookesh Bear,  Amaya Peterson (Skiltlu), Sincere Lee Reece Ellis (Shaawat Gei Gei),  Zoe Renee Rusaw,  Joseph Strianese, Kiana Twitchell (Kaalkeis’), Tristen Washington, and Roman M.A. Williams (Kaa Dax Koo Eesh).

Media: Celebration photographer Brian Wallace, who documented the entire Celebration, and Art Sutch Photography; the talented crew at KTOO and 360North, who coordinated the live broadcast and webcast; Morgan Howard of Morgan Howard Productions; journalists and photojournalists at the Juneau Empire—for producing the Celebration Special Section along with other major coverage—KTOO, the Washington Post, KINY and other media outlets that covered Celebration; and the Juneau Radio Center for sponsoring ads publicizing the event.

Other: Downtown Juneau Library, Juneau Arts & Culture Center, Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, Alaska Litho, the staff at Centennial Hall, Juneau Police Department, Tlingit and Haida Central Council President Richard Peterson for loaning chairs, Jon Loring, Paul Gardinier, Abby’s Kitchen, businesses in Juneau who hung welcome signs for Celebration attendees and the Juneau community as a whole for welcoming Celebration once again.

We are grateful to you all. Gunalchéesh!

Rosita Worl
President
Sealaska Heritage Institute

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By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
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By Casey Kelly
KTOO
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Weaving a journey of change
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KTOO
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JUNEAU EMPIRE
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Thumbs up, thumbs down
JUNEAU EMPIRE
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Weaving a new Native narrative in museums
Portland Art Museum presenting Native art,voices
By Melissa Griffiths
JUNEAU EMPIRE
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Regalia button business becomes a family affair
Button Man trains Button Boy to take over family business
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JUNEAU EMPIRE
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ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS
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Sealaska Heritage seeks to be the hub of Northwest Coast art
By Lisa Phu
KTOO
Sealaska Heritage Institute’s biennial Juried Art Show and Competition is raising the bar for Native artists in Southeast Alaska. This year’s juror David Robert Boxley says the competition creates an environment for artists to constantly keep striving...David Robert Boxley says it was agonizing to pick the 10 winners of the seventh Juried Art Show and Competition from the roughly 30 pieces submitted. “The winners were chosen in a way that I hope will show what’s possible,” he says. Boxley is a Tsimshian artist from Metlakatla and the son of prominent carver David Boxley. His father just finished his 72nd totem pole. David R. Boxley started carving when he was six, learning from his father. He says Sealaska Heritage Institute’s competition pushes the standard of art being made in Southeast Alaska...(more)

Interactive map visualizes Tlingit connection to land
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By Melissa Griffiths
JUNEAU EMPIRE
One cannot separate Tlingit history from the land, and it’s never been easier to understand why, with a collaboration between the Taku River Tlingit First Nation and the University of British Columbia. During Celebration on Thursday afternoon, Nicole Gordon, of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation of Atlin, and Christine Schreyer, assistant professor of anthropology at UBC-Okanagan, presented “Demonstration of Taku River Tlingit First Nation Place Names Map and Website.” The lecture provided background information about the creation of the interactive map and a tutorial on its use...(more)

Photos: Thursday Celebration
By Michael Penn
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Photos from Thursday's Celebration events...(more)

Sealaska Southeast "Celebration" photo gallery
By Rick Boots
KTVA-TV
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Tlingit carver Wayne Price takes top honor at Celebration art show
By Lisa Phu
KTOO
Tlingit carver and artist Wayne Price of Haines took Best of Show in the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s seventh Juried Art Show and Competition. Price’s ‘Dancing Raven Hat’ is a painted hat made of red cedar and otter fur. The piece also took third place in the Formline Art category. Price’s other works – ‘Quantum Raven’ Paddle and ‘Mother Whale’ Paddle took first and second places in Formline, the show’s newest category. Here are the complete results...(more)

Saanya Kwáan takes center role in Celebration 2014
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Harvey Shields remembers attending the first Celebration in 1982 as a member of the Saanya Kwáan (Cape Fox) Dancers, led by his mother, Martha Shields. More than three decades later, he’s here to lead Saanya Kwáan with his sister, Sarah Abbot, as official hosts of Celebration 2014. Shields said the group has been preparing since Celebration 2012, when their role as hosts was announced by Sealaska Heritage Institute. “When we learned we’d be the host for this year, we started our fundraisers to get as many dancers as we could,” he said. “Our dancers are in Anchorage, in Juneau, in Seattle, as far away as Virginia and some in California. So we include them in on this if they can make it"...(more)

2,000 dancers make a Grand Entrance to Celebration
By Rosemarie Alexander
KTOO
The biennial festival is the largest cultural event in the state. Organized by Sealaska Heritage Institute, it brings multiple generations of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people together to celebrate their culture. The Saanya Kwaan, Cape Fox dancers, were chosen to lead the processional of 50 dance groups in the Grand Entrance. Harvey Shields is the leader of the Chief welcome dance....(more)

Juried Art Show recognizes exemplary works
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
In introducing the winners of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s seventh biennial Juried Art Show and Competition Wednesday evening, juror and Tsimshian artist David R. Boxley took a few moments to express his great passion for Northwest Coast Art. “The true beauty of Northwest Coast Art is its great complexity, which is often mistaken for elegant simplicity,” he said. “It isn’t simple. The two-dimensional, sculptural and woven work of our ancestors is as sophisticated as any great art form in the history of the world"...(more)

Photos: Celebration
JUNEAU EMPIRE
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Winners of Juried Art Competition announced
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Killer Whale Eyes
By Emily Russo Miller
JUNEAU EMPIRE
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By Scott Burton
KTOO
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More than dance
Jameses teach history, culture through movement and song
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
The floorboards of Lyle and Kolene James’ living room vibrated to the rhythm of drum-beats and the foot-falls of more than 40 Woosh.ji.een dancers Sunday afternoon during a high-energy rehearsal for Celebration, Sealaska Heritage Institute’s biennial dance and cultural festival. With their performances only days away, there was much to be done...(more) (Celebration 2014 Special Section)

Sealaska Heritage Institute releases children's book
Author to do book signing, storytelling during Celebration
SHI has published a children's book inspired by Haida stories in an effort to increase the volume of materials available to teach Southeast Alaska Native culture to young people. Killer Whale Eyes was written and illustrated by Sondra Simone Segundo of the Raven Clan, Double Fin Killer Whale Crest, Brown Bear House. Segundo, whose maternal grandparents are Haida from Southeast Alaska, created the tale, which was inspired by Native beliefs and Haida stories that were passed down over the years. She dedicated Killer Whale Eyes to her uncle, Miijuu (the late Claude Morrison, a well-known fluent Haida speaker), and her aunt, Viola Burgess, both of whom helped translate some words to Haida. She also dedicated it to her aunt Louise (Morrison) Arrington, who supported her work on the book...(more) (Buy) (News Article)

Traditional foods with a modern twist
By Rebecca Salsman
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Historically, soapberry dishes were made at ceremonial gatherings and considered an uncommon treat. Thanks to the biennial event Celebration, people have the chance to make and taste the dish this week. Starting as small green and red dots, the soapberries will grow into large frothy desserts at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. Like popular Food Network shows, the dishes will be made in front of a live audience and the winners will receive a cash prize of $500, $250 or $100. Participants can also submit seaweed dishes for the other Traditional Food Contest, which will be judged at 7 p.m. Thursday at the JACC...(more)


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