CIRI Holiday Craft Bazaar
At 8:29 a.m. on Nov. 30, 2018, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Southcentral Alaska. CIRI was forced to cancel the fifth annual Holiday Craft Bazaar, scheduled for Dec. 1, as work and safety crews were busy assessing damage and cleaning up broken glass and other debris after the quake.
Fast-forward a year later, with nearly 60 Alaska Native artists selling an array of one-of-a-kind handmade items Saturday, Dec. 7 in the lobby of the Fireweed Business Center.
“We were devastated when we had to cancel last year’s event,” said original CIRI shareholder and employee Carolyn Bickley, who created and manages the CIRI Holiday Craft Bazaar. “I wondered how the cancellation would affect this year’s event, but we had record artist turnout; I was adding vendors to the waitlist as early as August.”
Tables were reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to CIRI shareholders and descendants. The event was open to the public.
“I really see the craft bazaar as an opportunity for shareholders and descendants to meet each other, display their art and hopefully earn an additional income in time for the holidays,” Bickley added.
A silent auction was held in conjunction with the event, with 100% of the $4,550 in proceeds benefitting Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s Christmas basket program.
With Sincere Appreciation
Thank you to the following businesses, donors, individuals and organizations for their support: