Since Kake Fisheries opened in 1993, the community has celebrated the achievement of productions goals with a picnic. The Annual event was formalized with the “First Annual Kake Dog Salmon Festival” on the last Saturday of July, 1995. Events included a picnic of hamburgers, grilled fish, hot dogs and salad, a fish tote race, survival suit race, games for kids and fish fillet and a food-dessert contest. Finally, the Challenge of the Chums canoe race. For 2019, a boat taxi, which holds 49 passengers, was rented to bring visitors to Kake for the Dogfest activities.
The activities included-vendors selling arts&crafts and food, – kids races, foot races, fish tote race, -the famous fish filleting contest, -5K Race, -a dunk tank with 13 volunteers from local entities, and lastly the Challenge of the Chums canoe race. A raffle was held for prizes; 50” TV, Rod and Reel, His & Hers cedar visors donated by Marlene Hughes, a batman skateboard and other items. Two Elder Honoree’s were chosen; Marvin Kadake and Alberta Shaquanie. The “Top Dog” Award went to Marlene Huges for her work in the native arts of cedar weaving. A Prize Bingo was held at end of Dogfest.
“Haa xh’atulitseeni Leek’wu has”
Our Precious Elders
Kake Tribal Heritage Foundation has selected two Kake elders to Honor at the 2019 Dog Salmon Festival. We are pleased to announce the elders are Mrs. Alberta Shaquanie and Mr. Marvin Kadake. Elders are respected for their wisdom and life experiences and connections to the past. They pass down their learnings to the younger generations of the community and are of benefit to learning the ways of our ancestors!
Alberta Shaquanie, was born and raised in Kake, Alaska.
- Alberta is a lifetime member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood and Camp Mother of Camp #10.
- She worked at Keku Canning for many years on the iron chink.
- She has practiced the subsistence lifestyle and has passed the knowledge to her family.
- Today she is retired and enjoys time with her family and grandchildren
Marvin Kadake, was born and raised in Kake, Alaska.
- Marvin worked many years at the Kake Power Plant
- Organized and held the SE Native Christian Music Festival
- Served in the US Marine Corp from 1953 to 1956
- Served on Kake City Council for 40 years
- Other entities he was involved in; Kake Tribal Corporation, US Forest Service, Kake City Council, Kake Native Veterans, Kake Volunteer Fire Department
- Keex’ Kwaan Dancer and representative at tours performances
The 2019 “Top Dog Award” goes to Marlene Hughes.
Kake Tribal Heritage Foundation is presenting this award in recognition of her generosity of all in times of need.
She is a Traditional Weaver using yellow cedar, red cedar and spruce roots. She was born and raised in Kake, Alaska. Marlene Hughes has practiced the art form which goes back thousands of years and she goes out to havesst the matgerials needed for her projects. She is involved in the Tlingit culture and supports the community of friends and family by generously gifting her cedar hats to individuals who uphold the Tlingit culture and Language through song and dance.
KTHF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PAUL ACEVEDA, PRESIDENT
LORRAINE JACKSON, VICE PRESIDENT
ELLIE JACKSON, SEC/TREA
HENRICH KADAKE, SR.
ROBERT K MILLS
WE WELCOME ROBERT K MILLS AND DESIREE JACKSON WHO WERE RECENTLY APPOINTED TO THE KTHF BOARD.