The CIRI/TCF Fall Friendship Potlatch, started in 1985, is a modern version of the potlatch which has evolved out of the historic potlatch tradition of the Athabascan. The Potlatch was adapted to reflect the customs today of the diverse heritage of urban Cook Inlet region families of southcentral Alaska. Even so, the Friendship Potlatch is held for similar reasons as those of potlatches in years past – to strengthen the identity of Cook Inlet region people, to reaffirm unity among the region’s families, to confirm the importance of the family, and to revitalize the traditions of the region’s Eskimos, Indians and Aleuts. It reflects the cultural diversity of the region’s indigenous people and the blend of traditional and present-day customs.
Beginning with our first fall potlatch in 1985, these special events have honored the cultural diversity and interests of our region’s Alaska Natives with cultural entertainment programs, children’s cultural activities, Alaska Native fine arts and crafts displays, information booths, lunch service that includes traditional foods and door prizes.
For more information, click here (you will be redirected to CIRI's website.)