Friendship Potlatches

2020 Potlatches

This year’s potlatches certainly look a bit different than in years past. For the health and safety of our shareholders and the CIRI family, the in-person fall potlatches were cancelled this year. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in 2021 – in the meantime, please enjoy this fall’s virtual potlatch and celebrate being together apart this year. You will note a salmon smoking demonstration in this year’s virtual potlatch – the recipe for Vicki’s smoked salmon can be found HERE.



Arts and Crafts display

CIRI shareholders and confirmed descendants who are interested in displaying or selling arts and crafts should email [email protected] or call (907) 274-8638 for information and to reserve space.

First held in 1985, the Friendship Potlatches offer CIRI shareholders an opportunity to socialize and celebrate important cultural traditions with family and friends. Every year, the Potlatch program includes cultural entertainment, children’s activities, Alaska Native arts and crafts booths, CIRI-affiliated nonprofit information booths, door prizes and a meal that includes traditional Alaska Native foods.

The Friendship Potlatches are open to CIRI shareholders, confirmed CIRI descendants* and their immediate family members (spouse, children and parents). CIRI identification cards are required.

*CIRI issues descendant identification cards once proof of lineal descent to a CIRI shareholder is confirmed. To apply for a card, direct lineal descendants of a CIRI shareholder (e.g., the child, grandchild, great grandchild, etc.) must submit a registration form and a copy of the state-issued birth certificate establishing his or her relationship to the shareholder. (If the name on your birth certificate differs from the descendant’s current name, or the shareholder’s name on the birth certificate is different from the name CIRI has on file, legal document(s) substantiating the name change are also required.) CIRI will have registration forms on-hand and would be more than happy to make copies of eligibility documents at the Potlatches.

Questions? Call (800) 764-2474 or (907) 263-5191 and press 0.