“Peksulineq” Tatitlek Cultural Heritage Week
Date(s) - 05/05/2014 - 05/09/2014
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The Peksulineq Festival, also called the Tatitlek Cultural Heritage Week, is an annual event hosted by the Native Village of Tatitlek that celebrates the traditional culture of the Chugach Region. Founded in 1994, the festival takes place every May in the Native Village of Tatitlek nestled peacefully between Valdez and Cordova in Prince William Sound Alaska. In addition to cultural preservation, the goal of the Peksulineq Festival is to provide an opportunity for students, elders, and instructors to share and learn the Native arts, lifestyle, and language of the Alutiiq people.
Taking place through the course of seven days, youth from all around Prince William Sound attend classes that both acknowledge this heritage and teach Cultural Heritage Week values.
The festival celebrates the season when spring eggs (peksuq in Alutiiq) are hatched and we have new beginnings. The celebration concludes on the seventh day with a large potluck feast of traditional Native foods and an art auction.