Saturday, February 22, 2014

Native Alaskan Culture

We celebrated a very important holiday in Juneau this week!  Elizabeth Peratovich Day is an Alaskan holiday that celebrates the woman who helped fight for the rights of Native Alaskans. You can follow the link above to learn more about Elizabeth and all of her contributions to the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. In celebration of these contributions, our school decided to host a beautiful cultural event. Cody and I were lucky to attend the event, which featured traditional Tlingit dancing and storytelling by a respected elder. We were incredibly blessed to be involved in this evening of culture!

These are just a couple of the amazing pictures that Cody was able to take of the dance performance.  The dancing was incredible to watch! It was very processional (moving throughout the crowd) and I loved hearing the singing/chanting that accompanied the entire performance.  Truly moving.  Below is a video of the dancers entering the performance area (sorry for the poor quality, iphone).  Check it out!

What is something special that your culture celebrates?
What is your favorite cultural holiday? 

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