On Tuesday evening three canoes arrived at the Auke Village Recreation Area in Juneau, Alaska, from Haines, Alaska, marking the unofficial beginning to Celebration. The canoes were filled with Southeast Alaskan and Canadian paddlers dressed in regalia awaiting the traditional welcome ashore from the Aak’w Kwaan Tinglits leader, Rosa Miller. While two of the canoes came from Haines, the middle canoe came from Haines Junction in Canada. The canoes’ arrival is part of the biennial festival celebrating the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures called Celebration. This year’s festival officially opens today, Wednesday, June 6, and will run until Saturday, June 9. Today’s main event starts at 6 p.m. at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall with a Processional leading to the Grand Entrance and the Welcome Ceremony at Centennial Hall at 8 p.m.
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Camera: Nikon D850, Lens: Nikkor 80-400, Digital Capture, Handheld