New Sobriety Celebration logo combines scientific and Native iconography

For the 26th annual Sobriety Celebration, Teal Hansen created a symbolically dense logo combining scientific diagrams with Native iconography. Hansen set out to illustrate the theme of “Alaska, land of the midnight sun” with symbols representing the sun and the Earth, as well as the passage of time. At the center of the design is an hourglass, a technical instrument that has, over time, also acquired strong cultural connotations.

The logo combines three-dimensional elements with a flatter art style characteristic of Tlingit art.