Celebration is almost here!
For four days every other June, the streets of Juneau are filled with Native people of all ages dressed in the signature regalia of clans from throughout Southeast Alaska and beyond. There is traditional song and dance. Arts and crafts. Food. And people speaking local Native languages. This is Celebration, a biennial festival of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures. In this original story, a young child prepares to attend the event with her family. She has been getting ready for months and can hardly wait to sing, dance, and share.
Written by Wooshkindein Da.áat Lily Hope, who is Raven of the T'aḵdeintaan clan. Illustrated Jaax̱snée Kelsey Mata Foote, who is Raven of the Taakw.aaneidí clan.
Baby Raven Reads is an award-winning Sealaska Heritage education program that promotes early-literacy, language development and school readiness for Alaska Native families with children up to age 5.