To the many speakers and attendees at its May 15 opening ceremonies, the Walter Soboleff Building is a work of art, a home for culture, and a powerful symbol of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people's perseverance and strength. It's also a fitting tribute to Dr. Walter Soboleff, an ordained Presbyterian minister who passed away in 2011 at the age of 102, inspired many in Southeast Alaska with his Sunday morning radio broadcasts, and worked to cultivate Alaska Native pride at a time it was much needed.
It's hard to tell what to expect from a play titled "Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England," Perseverance Theatre's final production of the 2014-15 season.
More than a century ago, the eye of Vincent Soboleff's camera caught the Killer Whale Dagger's gleam. Held in Tlingit hands on a day when the blade mirrored the sun's light, it was a moment captured.
Tlingit artist Preston Singletary, right, takes part in the dedication ceremony for his glass clan house screen in the clan house of the Walter Soboleff Buidling during the grand opening Friday in Juneau.
The three art pieces created for the Water Soboleff Building were described by Sealaska Heritage Institute as "monumental," an adjective that applies not only to their size -- all three are believed to be the biggest of their kind in the world -- but to their significance and stature: each one represents a major new work by an internationally recognized master artist and is an important addition to Juneau artistic landscape.
What does the opening of the Walter Soboleff Building mean to you? Why did you want to come to the opening ceremonies today?
"It's making history and opening doors for artists, and continuing culture."
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