The Tsimshian Cultural Celebration set for Summer 2011 was originally considered for Sept. 2007. However, the time frame needed in order to incorporate the desired cultural and traditional elements vital to the project required advancment of the event dates. The exact dates are yet to be announced. Updates will be posted on this site.
Elements of the event include a canoe journey from Metlakatla, Alaska to the Tlingit Village of Saxman, Alaska, to Port Simpson, Metlakatla and Prince Rupert, British Columbia. A celebration in Prince Rupert will include special presentations by Tsimshian Dancers, Speeches from Chiefs, Name Giving Feast, Totem Pole Raising to commemorate Tsimshian presence, and honoring our entire Tsimshian Nation and our history.
Long range goals are to establish a Tsimshian Heritage Cultural Center located within Prince Rupert, B.C. area, and identifying and re-tracing ancestral trade routes and other sea routes and voyages of the Tsimshian people.
Canoes will be made in Anacortes, WA by master carver/canoe builder Eli Milton. The canoes are made in the traditional ways and will be gifted to Hereditary Chiefs, with an additional canoe gifted to the Smithsonian Institute.
Because of the high interest in the project, Eli plans to have canoe building classes. This process will support development of skills in the art of canoe building, as well as teachings about the culture, history and traditions.
Using the traditional practice of trading and bartering for wood supplies, Eli prepares to initiate the classes as soon as possible. For more info, stay tuned here, or you may CONTACT ELI by email. CLICK HERE for email template.
The year prior to the 2011 Tsimshian Cultural Event, Vancouver, B.C. will host the 2010 Winter Olympics, February 12 – March 21.
As part of the official Winter Olympics welcome, First Nations and Tribes will participate in traditional canoe greetings of the visitors.
Submitted by Terrance H. Booth, Sr.
Check back here for updates on the 2011 Tsimshian Cultural Celebration and related news and events.
For more on the history and purpose of the Tsimshian Cultural Event, refer to the original article for the 2007 event CLICK HERE.
Winter Olympics 2010 Aboriginal and First Nations FAQ’s CLICK HERE.