As part of its Celebration: 10,000 years of Cultural Survival project, Sealaska Heritage Institute digitized video of its second Celebration, a dance and culture festival, and shared the footage on its YouTube channel. First held in 1982, Celebration has since grown into the largest gathering of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people.
The 1984 Celebration is viewable for the first time in decades and features performances by 14 dance groups. The videos are a delightful treasure trove and educational resource for Natives, scholars and all to enjoy. Stay tuned for more, as SHI plans to digitize the rest of the Celebrations.
– Brittany Thurmbuchler, The Alaska 100