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Samuella Samaniego Photograph Collection


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Samuella Samaniego Photograph Collection, 1982-2000 | Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives

By Zachary R. Jones, Archivist

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ID: PO/006

Primary Creator: Samaniego, Samuella

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 00/00/2002

Subjects: Celebration

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains over 2,500 page proof photographs and negatives taken by Samuella Samaniego at the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Celebration festivals held in 1982, 1988, and 2000, some of which from 2000 were used in her publication Celebration. The bulk of the collection consists of images from Celebration 2000, while those from 1982 and 1988 comprise two folders. At present these photographs are stored in two boxes, the first contains Celebration 2000 page proofs and photographs as arranged by Samaniego, and the second is arranged chronologically and contains negatives and page proofs from Celebration 1982, 1988, and 2000. Images capture Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Native American Indians dancing and celebrating their culture.

Biographical Note

Samuella Samaniego grew up in Juneau, Alaska. Samaniego is a Tlingit Native American Indian of the Shangukéidí clan and her Tlingit name is Kust’aak. After graduating from Juneau-Douglas High School she traveled and eventually studied photography at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Thereafter she moved to Seattle where she began her career as a photographer, primarily working in the analog format. In 2000 she came to Juneau for SHI’s Celebration and photographed the event. With her images from Celebration 2000, in 2002 she published a book entitled Celebration, a photography arts book which documented the various fetes at Celebration.

See: Samuella Samaniego, Celebration (Seattle: Best Dog Editions, 2002).

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Administrative Information

Repository: Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives

Acquisition Source: Samuella Samaniego

Acquisition Method: The materials in the collection were donated to SHI by Samuella Samaniego in the fall of 2002.

Box and Folder Listing

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Fd 1:    Page proofs of Celebration 1982.

Fd 2:    Page proofs of Celebration 1988.

Fd 3:    Negatives of Celebration 2000.

Fd 4:    Negatives of Celebration 2000.

Fd 5:    Negatives of Celebration 2000.

Fd 6:    Negatives of Celebration 2000.

Fd 7:    Page proofs of Celebration 2000.

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