Sealaska Heritage



The next celebration will be held  June 2-5, 2021, in Juneau, Alaska. 

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Celebration 2020 postponed: The Sealaska Heritage Institute Board of Trustees has decided to postpone Celebration 2020 to next year amid concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus and its spread in Alaska in recent days. The biennial dance-and-culture event, originally scheduled June 10-13 in Juneau, is now planned for June 2-5 of 2021. 

In the meantime, SHI staff will explore ways to bring virtual events to the public this year through its social media platforms. One idea is to host a Facebook or YouTube watch party and show Celebration 2018 during the days Celebration 2020 would have streamed. Such an event would bring people together virtually in a space where they could watch the performances and events together and talk to each other online...(more)

Celebration 2020Honoring Our Culture: Healing Our Spirit and Body

The next Celebration will be held June 10-13, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. People are encouraged to reserve hotel rooms early, as space fills up quickly.

Alaska Airlines Discount

Alaska Airlines is graciously offering a 10% discount to people flying to Juneau for Celebration 2020.

NAME: Celebration 2020

Departure City(s): Any Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air US city, includes Canada.
Meeting City: Juneau, Alaska
Not Included:  Prudhoe Bay, Hawaii, Mexico and Costa Rica 

Beginning Travel Date: June 7, 2020
Last Travel Date: June 16, 2020

Lead Dance Group

The lead dance group for Celebration 2020 will be the combined Shx'at Ḵwáan and Kaatslitaan groups of Wrangell.

Dance Groups

(Apply) SHI is accepting applications for dance groups to perform at Celebration 2020. Application deadline: March 27

Indigenous Fashion Show

(Apply) Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications for its Indigenous Fashion Show, which will be held during Celebration 2020. The Indigenous Fashion Show is open to Indigenous artists and designers who are Alaska Native, First Nation or Native American. Preference is given to high-fashion and haute couture clothing that displays innovative use of traditional Indigenous styles and materials. Application deadline: March 27.

(Apply) SHI is also seeking models for the show. No deadline.

Toddler Regalia Review

(Apply) SHI will host a Toddler Regalia Review during Celebration 2020. The review is open to children ages 2-4. We hope to see your toddler at Celebration’s most adorable event! Application deadline: May 15

Juried Art Show and Competition

(Apply) Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications for its Juried Art Show and Competition (JAS), which will be held during Celebration 2020. The juried art show is open to Alaska Native and Native American artists who practice Northwest Coast arts. Artists who win best of category will compete for best of division, and the division winners compete for best of show. SHI also will award a best of formline prize among all pieces submitted. Art is due at SHI by April 6. The exhibit will open at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on June 5, 2020, and an award ceremony will take place on June 10, the first day of Celebration. Application deadline extended to: March 9

Juried Youth Art Exhibit

(Apply) (Flyer) Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications for  its Juried Youth Art Exhibit, which will be held during Celebration 2020. The art exhibit is open to students in grades 6-12, who will compete in middle and high school divisions. Art accepted for the show will be on display from June 5-27. There is no application fee. Application deadline: March 27.

Native Artist Market

(Apply)  Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications for  its Native Artist Market, which will be held during Celebration 2020. The goals of the market, in part, are to support the perpetuation of Native art traditions of Southeast Alaska with the quality and aesthetic forms that gave rise to its distinction and to promote the production of those Native art forms which are endangered. The Native Artist Market is scheduled June 10-13. Application deadline: May 15.

Native Food Contests

(Register) SHI will hold food competitions for best seaweed, soapberries, seal oil, and seal oil with crackling (fat) during Celebration 2020. Applicants will compete for the following prizes: First Place, $500; Second Place, $250; and Third Place, $100. Registration deadline: May 15. 


(Apply) SHI is accepting applications for volunteer positions at Celebration 2020. Volunteers who donate a minimum of four hours get a free, one-day pass! Thank you volunteers, we could not do Celebration without you! 

Press Releases

SHI Board of Trustees moves to postpone Celebration 2020 (3-27-20)
SHI to explore ways to host virtual events

SHI accepting applications for Juried Youth Art Exhibit, Native Artist Market  (10-23-19)
Events to be held during Celebration 2020

SHI accepting applications For Juried Art Show and Competition, Indigenous Fashion Show  (10-4-19)
Events to be held during Celebration 2020

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.