Sealaska Heritage Institute plans to hold a first-of-its-kind virtual memorial ceremony for a late Tlingit clan leader, beloved elder and educator.
Kingeisti David Katzeek, 77, passed away on Oct. 28. A virtual, traditional memorial ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday for the Shangukeidí Clan leader, SHI announced.
The events is the first time a traditional memorial ceremony will be held virtually. It is being held virtually to keep clan leaders, family members and well-wisher safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to SHI. It will be livestreamed on SHI’s YouTube channel,https://www.youtube.com/c/SealaskaHeritageInstitute, and it will be open to the public.
“We know that many of our people are grieving over this great loss, but we also recognized that we need to protect each other and make sure we stay healthy. We also wanted to honor Kingeisti in our traditional way,” said SHI President Rosita Worl, in a news release.
Katzeek was the founding president of Sealaska Heritage, a traditional scholar and a former member of the Sealaska board of directors, according to SHI. He was extremely active in language revitalization efforts and taughts language, stories and children.
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