Celebration planners looking at in-person for 2022

    Sealaska Heritage Operations officer Carmaleeda Estrada and COO Lee Kadinger.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Celebration 2022 is on the way and organizers are hoping to hold it in person, the dates are scheduled for June 8th to the 11th, 2022.

    Sealaska Heritage Institute Operations Officer Carmaleeda Estrada provided the latest details while a guest on Action Line.

    "we're hopeful that by next June, as more youth are approved for vaccination and more adults choose to be vaccinated, that we can safely host an in-person event, so that's currently what we're planning for," she said. "And our theme this year is 10,000 years of cultural survival. As native people, we're used to facing threats and challenges, COVID-19 being no exception, so we felt this year's theme, celebrating survival was appropriate, and recognizing that perseverance."

    With the last celebration being swapped to virtual, she was asked if there will be anything that will set this in-person celebration apart.

    "It's our first in-person event in four years, but it's also marking the 40th anniversary of Celebration, we're still in the planning process of figuring out how we're going to commemorate albeit a major thing, but it will no doubt be bigger and better than previous celebrations." She said there is a lot of excitement. "Because we haven't had an in-person gathering in so long, there's definitely been, I think, excitement in our communities," Estrada said. "They've had more time to plan, They've had more time to make regalia, They've had more time to practice their songs, so I think the amount of time they've had to anticipate an in-person event is definitely going to make this very exciting."

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