WDN members will be going to Alaska this June to attend Celebration 2012, a biennial celebration of Southeastern Alaska’s native cultures. Celebration started in 1982, and was born of the fears among native communities in Alaska that their cultural traditions were disappearing. They wanted to find a way to ensure that their traditional foods, songs, dances, and dress would be transmitted to subsequent generations. Today, Celebration is one of the state’s largest events, and was attended by more than 5,000 people in 2010.
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