Sealaska Heritage



2016 lead dance group Git Hoan. Photo by Brian Wallace

The next celebration will be held  June 6-9, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska. The theme is "Respect: Weigh Your Words".

(Preliminary Schedule)

Lead Dance Group

Two clan groups have been selected as the lead dance group for Celebration 2018.  The Raven Lukaax.ádi—led by Nathan Jackson, a clan leader—and the Eagle Shangukeidí—led by Clan Leader David Katzeek—are interrelated clans from the Haines and Klukwan area and will lead the next Celebration.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who helped to make Celebration 2016 happen. This year’s gathering was our biggest to date, and included new events such as a Native Fashion Show and Juried Youth Art Exhibit. On behalf of Sealaska Heritage Institute, I thank all of the people, organizations and businesses who helped make it come together.

Thank you to major donor Sealaska and all of our generous sponsors; to those who made memorial donations in 2016; to each member of the dance groups who performed at Celebration 2016; to our volunteers and moderators; artists who participated in our Juried Art Show and the young artists (and their teachers) who took part in our Juried Youth Art Exhibit; art show jurors, exhibit specialists, and sponsors; Northwest Coast Art Market artists; lecturers and language session leaders; toddler regalia participants and their parents; food contest participants and judges; fashion show designers, models, hair stylists, makeup artists, and organizational committee members; Celebration performers; weavers who took part in our Weavers Symposium; canoers, including Wayne Price and the people who came through organizer One People Canoe Society, who took part in the Coming Ashore ceremony at Sandy Beach (an event that adds excitement to SHI’s Celebration festivities); members of the media who documented Celebration; organizations that hosted events for Celebration participants; local businesses who helped spread the word about Celebration; and to the Juneau community as a whole for welcoming Celebration once again.

We are grateful to you all. Gunalchéesh!

Stories on Celebration

The news media does an incredible job covering Celebration. Click here to see a round up of news stories about Celebration 2016.