Sealaska Heritage



The next celebration will be held  June 10-13, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. 

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Celebration 2020

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.

Lead Dance Group

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

Indigenous Fashion Show

(Apply) Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications 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 16.

Juried Art Show and Competition

(Apply) Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications 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. The exhibit will run from April 15-October 15, 2020, and an award ceremony will take place on June 10, the first day of Celebration. Application deadline: Jan. 8.


Thank you

Thank you to everyone who helped to make Celebration 2018 happen. This year’s gathering was one of our most successful to date. On behalf of Sealaska Heritage Institute, I thank all of the people, organizations and businesses who helped make it come together.

Thank you to major donor Sealaska and all of our generous sponsors; to each member of the dance groups that performed at Celebration 2018; to those who made memorial donations in 2018; to our volunteers and moderators; artists and jurors who participated in our Juried Art Show and the young artists (and their teachers) who took part in our Juried Youth Art Exhibit; exhibit specialists and sponsors; Northwest Coast Art Market artists; toddler regalia participants and their parents; food contest participants and judges; fashion show designers, models, hair stylists, makeup artists and organizational committee members; and weavers who led the weavers’ symposium and demonstrations.

Thanks also to those individuals and organizations who sponsored activities to coincide with Celebration, including those who participated in the two canoe ceremonies and the Yanyeidí totem pole raising (events that added excitement to SHI’s Celebration festivities); the Gold Town Theater film screenings; Kindred Post concerts; and the Alaska Humanities/Rasmuson Foundation showing of a documentary about Nathan Jackson.

Also thanks to the staff at Centennial Hall, the Juneau Arts & Culture Center and the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall; local businesses that helped spread the word about Celebration; the journalists who documented Celebration; and to the City and Borough of Juneau and the community as a whole for welcoming Celebration once again.

We are grateful to you all. Gunalchéesh! 

Press Releases

Seaweed, seal oil, contest winners announced  (6-7-18)

Sealaska Heritage announces winners of Juried Art Competition, Youth Art Exhibit   (6-6-18)

Celebration 2018 to kick off next week  (5-30-18)

Celebration 2018 to kick off next week  (5-30-18)
Event to be broadcast, streamed, live

What’s New: Celebration to include new food contest, poetry gathering, regalia and designer workshops, more  (5-30-18)

SHI to unveil winners of Juried Art Competition, Juried Youth Art Exhibit  (5-30-18)

SHI to unveil pieces accepted into Juried Youth Art Exhibit next week  (5-24-18)
Competition part of Celebration 2018

SHI to unveil pieces chosen for Juried Art Show  (5-10-18)

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.