For four days every other June, the streets of Juneau fill with Native people of all ages dressed in the signature regalia of clans from throughout Southeast Alaska and beyond. There is traditional song and dance. Arts and crafts. Food. And people speaking local Native languages. This is Celebration, our biennial festival of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures.
Sealaska Heritage first held the event in 1982 and it has grown into one of the largest gatherings of Southeast Alaska Native peoples in the State of Alaska. The event draws about 5,000 people, including more than 2,000 dancers. Thousands more watch the event online.
The lead dance group for Celebration 2020 will be the combined Shx'at Ḵwáan and Kaatslitaan groups of Wrangell.