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The Juneau-Douglas City Museum proudly introduces a new exhibit The Alaska Native Brotherhood: A Centennial Celebration. The exhibit opens for First Friday on Oct. 5 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and runs until April 13, 2013.
The Alaska Native Brotherhood celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. While Sitka is the location of the first Alaska Native Brotherhood hall, anthropologist Philip Drucker traces formation of the ANB to Juneau. Because Juneau is the seat of government in Alaska, Juneau's Camp 2 has played a major role in the history of the ANB. The Alaska Native Brotherhood: A Centennial Celebration highlights Juneau leaders who played a role in the history of Camp 2 and helped shape events for Alaska Native Brotherhood/ Sisterhood in the city and state.
Kimberly L. Metcalfe, editor of "In Sisterhood: The History of Camp 2 of the Alaska Native Sisterhood," states, "In 2001, Doloresa Cadiente, Alberta Aspen and I decided to produce an oral history of ANS Camp 2's elders. Seven years later, with grant funding from the National Park Service, Historic Preservation Fund and the Rasmuson Foundation, the project became a reality, a book titled "In sisterhood: The History of Camp 2 of the Alaska Native Sisterhood."
Many of the photos for this exhibit are from the Sisterhood project. As an editor of the project I was fortunate to interview many elders, some of whom have now "walked into the forest." It is an honor and a privilege to have known them. I was especially honored in 2002 to be adopted by my friend Stella Martin. Stella gave me her own Tlingit name, "Yaan da yein." Through my adoption I am an Eagle and member of the Tsaagweidí, Killer Whale Clan, of the Yellow Cedar House (Xaay Hít)." Metcalfe's book may be purchased the Juneau-Douglas City Museum or at local bookstores.
Please join the Juneau-Douglas City Museum and Kimberly Metcalfe for First Friday and the opening of The Alaska Native Brotherhood: A Centennial Celebration. Refreshments for the event will be provided by the newly formed Friends of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. For more information regarding this free public event, The Alaska Native Brotherhood: A Centennial Celebration exhibit, or other Museum exhibits and programs visit www.juneau.org/parkrec/museum or call 586-3572. The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is a program of the City and Borough of Juneau's Parks and Recreation Department. Free winter admission begins October 2nd thanks to the Pioneers of
Alaska Men's and Women's Igloo 6. Winter Admission hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.