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On March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, Juneau will join in on nationwide events celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alaska’s treaty of cession between Russia and the United States.
Musicians honor sesquicentennial 032917 AE 1 Capital City Weekly On March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, Juneau will join in on nationwide events celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alaska’s treaty of cession between Russia and the United States.

Russian America Colony Singers. Courtesy of Zlata Lund.


The Moscow Nights Trio, courtesy of Vitaliy Bezrodnov.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Story last updated at 3/28/2017 - 7:39 pm

Musicians honor sesquicentennial

JUNEAU, SITKA — On March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, Juneau will join in on nationwide events celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alaska’s treaty of cession between Russia and the United States.

“Arctic Lights & Moscow Nights Concert” is a performance that aims to use music, storytelling and dance to bring cultures together. The event features the Moscow Nights Trio, Russian American Colony Singers, New Archangel Dancers, and local Alaska Native dance groups. Tickets are available at the JACC Hearthside Books, Rainy Retreat and www.jahc.org.

On April 1, “Music without Borders Folk Concert” will come to Sitka. It is a concert celebrating folks traditions that will also be featuring the Moscow Nights Trio and the Russian American Colony Singers. There will also be a welcome dance from the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Dancers, and additional performances by New Archangel Dancers and the St. Michael’s Cathedral Choir.

States around the nation have been celebrating the 150th anniversary of when Alaska transferred to the United States. On Feb. 4 there was a “Decolonizing Alaska Panel Discussion” in Washington, D.C. Decolonizing Alaska was a multimedia visual art exhibit featuring contemporary artists exploring and responding to Alaska’s history of colonization and its emerging influence on sustainability, both environmental and cultural. The discussion brought together artists such as Annette Bellamy, Joel Isaak, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, Rika Mouw, Michael Walsh, and Crystal Rose Worl.

Other events are scheduled throughout the months of March-October of 2017, including a dedication and reception for a statue of William H. Seward, in Juneau on July 3; an event that will consist of the dedication of Seward statue by sculptors, David and Judith Rubin, and a reception at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. On October 13-16 Sitka will hold “Haa Shagòon, Yei Sh Natoosneix: A Conference of Tlingit Tribes and Clans.” The conference will add Alaska Native perspectives, whose challenges to the “Purchase of Alaska” were finally addressed in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. The concluding event in the series will be an “Annual Alaska Day Parade & Transfer Ceremony at Castle Hill” in Sikta on October 18 with a Memorial Service at the National Cemetery, tea at the Pioneer Home, and more.