Sealaska Heritage



The next celebration will be held June 8-11, 2022, in Juneau, Alaska. 

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Sealaska Heritage will hold an in-person Celebration in Juneau from June 8-11 in 2022.

The trustees also chose the theme Celebration 2022: Celebrating 10,000 Years of Cultural Survival. Celebration 2022 will mark the 40th anniversary of the event, first held in 1982.

Celebration is one of the largest gatherings of Southeast Alaska Native peoples, drawing thousands of people, including more than 2,000 dancers. Celebration is also a financial boon for Juneau, according to research. A study by the McDowell Group in 2012 found that the economic impact of Celebration that year was $2 million. 

Celebration and Covid: To ensure the safety of all, vaccines and masking will be required at all Celebration events. It appears that the vaccine for children under the age of five will be available in time for Celebration. However, should the vaccine for children not be available, children will have their temperatures checked at the door, children ages 3-5 will be required to wear masks, and children ages 2 and under will not be required to wear masks.    


Tickets will be available for sale during the event at Centennial Hall, the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, and the Sealaska Heritage Store. Pre-sell tickets not available.

Four-day pass:

  • General: $35
  • Youth: $15
  • Elder: $15

Daily admission:

  • General: $18
  • Youth: $10
  • Elder: $10 

Lead Dance Group

Celebration 2022 will feature two lead dance groups, both of Wrangell: Shx’at Kwáan (People Near the Mainland) and Kaasitlaan Dancers. Learn the Wrangell Coming In Song, which everyone will sing during Grand Entrance and Grand Exit. Learn the history of the Shx’at Ḵwáan Dancers.

Dance Groups

SHI is now inviting dance groups to apply to perform at Celebration. Application deadline: March 31, 2022. (Apply)

Toddler Regalia Review

SHI is accepting applications for its Toddler Regalia Review for children ages who are ages 2-5 years of age at the time of Celebration 2022, scheduled June 8-11. Application deadline: May 16, 2022. (Apply)

CANCELED: Indigenous Fashion Show

It is with deep regret that SHI is canceling the fashion show usually held during Celebration.  A number of the designers, who ordinarily participate in SHI’s fashion show, will be participating in another fashion show, the dates of which were set prior to the dates of SHI’s event.  We were uncertain as to whether Celebration 2022 would be held until January of this year, when the Board of Trustees made the final decision to hold Celebration 2022.  

Northwest Coast Juried Art Show and Competition

SHI is accepting applications for its biennial Northwest Coast Juried Art Show and Competition, which will be unveiled at Celebration 2022. Application deadline: Feb. 1, 2022. (Apply)

Juried Youth Art Exhibit

SHI is accepting applications for its biennial Juried Youth Art Exhibit, which will be unveiled at Celebration 2022. Application deadline: March 16, 2022. (Apply)

Native Artist Market

SHI is accepting applications for its Native Artist Market at Celebration 2022. Application deadline: May 15, 2022. (Apply)

Food Contests

SHI will hold food contests for best seaweed, seal oil, and dry fish during Celebration 2022. Prizes: First place: $1,000; Second place: $500; Third place: $250. Application deadline: May 16, 2022. (Apply)


SHI is inviting shareholders and clan members to participate in a storytelling event during Celebration 2022, scheduled June 8-11.  Interested participants are asked to share culturally-relevant stories, which SHI will record during Celebration for documentation and possible future use in education or cultural programs. Application deadline: May 16, 2022.  (Apply)


SHI is recruiting volunteers to help with Celebration 2022. We have a variety of areas to choose from and people who donate a minimum of four hours get a free, one-day pass!  (Apply)

Send us a Selfie!

We want to see  you preparing for Celebration—whether rehearsing, sewing regalia, fundraising or anything else related to the event! Send photos to to be included in our biennial #RoadToCelebration social media campaign!. 

Press Releases

SHI announces winner of Celebration 2022 art contest  (12-28-21)
Three other entries also chosen to visually represent programs 

Application period for Indigenous fashion show now open  (12-17-21)
Event to be held in conjunction with Celebration 2022

SHI accepting applications for dance groups, associated events for Celebration 2022 (11-9-21)
Event to mark 40th anniversary of the festival

Sealaska Heritage sets dates for next Celebration  (4-22-21)
Theme to be “Celebration 2022: Celebrating 10,000 Years of Cultural Survival”

Stories on Celebration

Coming soon.