The next celebration will be held virtually June 10-13, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska.
Sealaska Heritage will hold a virtual Celebration during the time Celebration 2020 would have occurred if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. SHI is planning live watch parties of previous performances and new videos of associated events from June 10-13 in lieu of an in-person Celebration, which was postponed to June 2-5, 2021. The 2020 new theme is "Have Courage": Tlingit—Yee gu.aa yax̱ x’wán (“Have strength and courage”); Haida—Gudangáang hl tláats’gaadaa (“Have courage”); and Tsimshian—Smgit maamxsgism (“Stand strong”).
During the live stream, people will be able to watch the programming together on SHI’s YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/sealaskaheritageinstitute) and interact with each other. The program also will be aired on 360North in Alaska. SHI plans to live stream performances from Celebration 2018 and cut in new footage between dance groups. We are asking you to send us photos and videos; if you need help, our staff will assist you. Here's how you can participate!:
Toddler Regalia Review
(Apply) SHI will continue to accept applications for the Toddler Regalia Review through May 15. We are asking families to submit photos and videos of their children wearing their regalia. Video of 2020 toddlers will be shown during our virtual Celebration and featured in an exhibit on our webpage. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Deadline: May 15.
Indigenous Fashion Show
(Apply) SHI will continue to accept applications for the Indigenous Fashion Show through May 15. We are asking designers and artists to submit photos and videos of the work. Video of designs will be shown during our virtual Celebration and featured in an exhibit on our webpage. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: May 15.
Juried Art Show and Competition
We are asking artists to send photos and videos of their pieces. SHI's Art Project Coordinator Steve Villano will be reaching out to applicants. Video of pieces will be shown during our virtual Celebration and featured in an exhibit on our webpage. For more information, contact email@example.com. Deadline: May 15.
Native Artist Market
(Apply) SHI will hold a virtual Native Artist Market during Celebration 2020. We are requesting short videos from artists (30-45 seconds) displaying their work and providing options for viewers to make a purchase. The videos will be played in between dance performances and other events and will be streamed on SHI’s YouTube channel and broadcast on 360North in Alaska! For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline extended to May 31.
Greetings from Dance Group Leaders
We are asking dance group leaders to send phone videos of themselves greeting viewers and saying what is on your mind right now. Celebration manager Carmaleeda Estrada will be reaching out to leaders. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Send us a Selfie!
We want to see participants! Please send selfies to CeleSelfies@sealaska.com. We plan to drop these into the broadcast and make a photo collage.
Send us a Phone Video of You Greeting Viewers!
We want to hear from you! Please send videos of yourself greeting viewers. Tell us how virtual Celebration is affecting you and perhaps what you are missing or enjoying during the event. Send phone videos to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the files are too large to e-mail, our videographer, Kai, will help you send them to us through a transfer platform.
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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.