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Sealaska Heritage Foundation (Juneau, AK 99801-1245)
Rosita F. Worl (Project Director: July 2019 to present)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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$349,964 (approved)
$349,964 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 5/31/2023

Celebration: 10,000 Years of Cultural Survival

Preservation, digitization, cataloging, and creation of online access to 540 hours of the song, dance, and oratory of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s biennial festivals, from their start in 1982 to the present.

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is perhaps best known throughout Alaska and the “Lower 48” (the contiguous United States) for its biennial Celebration, a major dance-and-culture festival that celebrates the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska and other Native groups that join in the event. SHI designed its three-year Celebration: 10,000 Years of Cultural Survival project to edit its digitized recordings of Celebrations 1982-1988; migrate, preserve, and edit its recordings of Celebrations 1990-2016; and create online access to 540 edited hours of songs, dances, and oratory from Celebrations 1982-2018 on two platforms: YouTube and Proficio for the Web. This video will be presented by dance group and will also be searchable by performance, community, Celebration year, and when possible, by specific speakers. SHI will also create two short educational videos about Celebration which will complement the project.