First Annual "Traditional Fall Gathering" Planned
April 18, 2013
According to Llanos, the organizing committee is looking at the proposed event being held during the month of November, preferably sometime during the first two weeks of the month on a Friday and Saturday.
Llanos, speaking on behalf of the organizing committee, said this annual event would not duplicate the Sealaska Celebration event, but give Southern Southeast Native Communities an opportunity to come together in a Traditional Native Gathering as was done in years past. Llanos said the first event would be held at the Saxman Community Center.
There were kickoff meetings, in March and April, and there will be another on Saturday April 27th, 2013 at 2pm at the Saxman City Hall (Red Building) to further discuss the project said Llanos. To date the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 14 Ketchikan, KTKN Radio, and the City of Saxman appear to be the initial sponsors. All interested parties are welcome to help said Llanos.
"We hope to fill the two days with participation from the local Dance Groups as well as others from the surrounding area, such as Metlakatla, Craig, Klawock, Hydaburg, Kasaan, Wrangell, and anyone who is interested including whoever wants to come from Canada," said Llanos.
Participation in the group can be as dance groups, sponsors, or both. "We plan to have the events open to public participation as well as the Native Communities," said Llanos.
For comments and interest, contact the Traditional Fall Gathering group. Llanos said the Organizing Committee is looking forward to participating with everyone in the planning, organizing and dancing through this project.
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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