SHI releases feature-length film on the origin of Celebration

    Photo courtesy of SHI

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has released a feature-length film on the history and origin of Celebration since its 1982 inception.

    The film, titled 40 Years of Celebration - A Biennial Festival of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Cultures, begins with the first Celebration when Tlingit Haida and Tsimshian people came together for the first time to celebrate their cultures that survived.

    It started off with primarily Elders.

    2022 marked the 40th Celebration, which now includes all ages.

    It has grown to include art shows, a Native artist market, Native food contests, a Native fashion show, a toddler regalia review, a parade, and other special events.

    Celebration draws thousands of people to Juneau every even year and is the largest gathering of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people in the world.

    The 60-minute film, which premiered in June at Celebration 2022, includes footage of the first Celebration and interviews with numerous people. The documentary was produced by SHI through Farthest North Films with funding support from the U.S. Department of Education Alaska Native Education Program.

    The program includes closed captions, which viewers can toggle on or off.

    Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.

    Below: A photo taken by Jasz Garrett, KINY News of the North reporter during Celebration 2022's Grand Exit.

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