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) (Tickets)

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. 

Dance Groups

(Application) On behalf of Sealaska Heritage Institute we would like to express our sincere appreciation for your interest and participation in this exciting event. SHI recognizes your support in helping to encourage and mentor young Natives as you model excellence and dedication in preserving our proud Native heritage. Please read through the entire application and assemble all required attachments before you start filling out the form. If you need assistance, please contact Carmaleeda Estrada at Deadline: March 30, 2018.  

Juried Art Show and Competition 

(Apply) Celebration will include a Juried Art Show and Competition. SHI will award prizes in six divisions: Carving and sculpture (wood and metal carvings and sculptures); sewing (skin and fur, beadwork and other); weaving (Chilkat, Ravenstail and basketry); two-dimensional (paintings, drawings and prints); and endangered art (spruce-root weaving and mountain goat horn spoon carving). SHI will announce winners and unveil the pieces accepted for exhibit on June 6, and the show will run from May 15 through Sept. 30, 2018 at the Walter Soboleff Building. Deadline: January 16, 2018.

Juried Youth Art Exhibit

(Apply) Celebration will include SHI’s second biennial youth exhibit of Northwest Coast art in an effort to increase the number of young artists making high quality pieces and to share their work with the public. Cash awards will be made to schools of the winners for art supplies to be used by schools or organizations for future instruction in Northwest Coast art. All youth chosen to exhibit will receive a specially-made Juried Art Show t-shirt and winners also will receive a certificate. The competition is open to all youth in grades 6-12. Winners will be announced on June 6 in conjunction with the Juried Art Show award ceremony, and the exhibit will run June 1–30, 2018, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Deadline: March 1, 2018.

Native Art Market

(Apply) Celebration will feature a Native Artist Market June 7-9, 2018, where people may buy authentic Native art and Native art supplies from artists in two venues:  the Juneau Arts & Culture Center and Sealaska Plaza. Deadline: March 1, 2018. 


4-day pass: 

  • Adults: $30
  • Elders (65+): $15
  • Youth (ages 7-12): $15

1-day pass: 

  • Adults: $15
  • Elders (65+): $10 
  • Youth (ages 7-12): $10

Children 6 and under are admitted free of charge

Airfare Discount

Alaska Airlines once again is graciously offering a 10% discount to people flying to Juneau for Celebration 2018:

Meeting Name: Celebration 2018
Meeting Fare Code: ECMZ247

Departure City(s): Any Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air US city Meeting City: Juneau, Alaska Not Included:  Prudhoe Bay, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica 

Beginning Travel Date: June 3, 2018
Last Travel Date: June 12, 2018

Meeting Fare Rules:
  · Your group is entitled to a 10% discount off Alaska Airlines published
    fares (except companion and other promotional fares).
  · You may book and ticket on the blackout dates but no discount will apply.
  · Any change or cancellation after ticketing is subject to a service charge. 
    All fare rules and additional blackout dates of the fare apply.
  · All tickets must be issued online or the Alaska Airlines Group desk.
  · A $15.00 ticketing fee will apply to any tickets issued by the Group Desk. 

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.