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NEWS Capital City Weekly From January through December, there was rarely a lull in the artistic life of Southeast. In 2009, our region welcomed new performers and artists to the spotlight, and some venerable local artists reached high points of their careers. In the course of the year, The Capital City Weekly interviewed artists old and young, experienced and the novice. Seen together, these representatives of Southeast's large artistic communities begin to paint a picture of the vibrant contemporary culture of our region.

Creative community members spice up Southeast life

Sharing Tradition: Yees Ku Oo Dancers: Above, the Yees Ku Oo Tlingit Dancers perform during the Fourth of July celebration in Juneau. The group also performed at the Haines Fair in July. There are 36 members of the troupe, which formed in 2003. The youngest member is three and a half, and the oldest is in her eighties. The group, whose name means
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Sharing Tradition: Yees Ku Oo Dancers: Above, the Yees Ku Oo Tlingit Dancers perform during the Fourth of July celebration in Juneau. The group also performed at the Haines Fair in July. There are 36 members of the troupe, which formed in 2003. The youngest member is three and a half, and the oldest is in her eighties. The group, whose name means "new beginnings," performs songs and dances from the Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian and Aleut traditions. "We try to make sure we show the highest respect to all the songs," said dance leader Carolyn Noe. "For us it's an honor to be able to sing the songs and share the stories behind the songs.
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