Sealaska Heritage


Rare Inupiat Photos
SHI publishes book

SHI has published a book of old, rare and priceless photographs of Inupiat life in the early 20th century made by an Inupiat photographer and teacher. The book, Menadelook: An Inupiat Teacher’s Photographs of Alaska Village Life, 1907-1932, showcases nearly 100 photographs by Inupiat Charles Menadelook that document life in Kingigin (Wales) in the Bering Strait.

October Lecture
Yup’ik ways of dancing

SHI will sponsor a lecture by a professor from University of Alaska Fairbanks on Yup’ik ways of dancing. The talk by Dr. Theresa Arevgaq John, an associate professor of Indigenous studies at UAF, is titled “Yuraryaraput Kangiit-llu: Our Ways of Dance and Their Meanings.” (Flyer)

Marine Mammal Act
SHI Releases Study

SHI has released a statewide study on the current definition of “Alaska Native” and how the rule could affect future generations of Natives who want to hunt marine mammals for food or clothing and arts and crafts under the Marine Mammals Protection Act. The study also brings to light data that might alarm some sectors of the Native community,  (Study)

In the news:
canoe steaming tradition

To transform a hollowed-out log into a dugout canoe requires more than expert carving — it requires steam, and lots of it. Earlier this week the skies over Eagle Beach in Sitka were filled with smoke and steam, as a carving team worked to transform a cedar dugout into an elegant, seaworthy canoe.

Jinéit Art Academy
Moccasin Making Class

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a moccasin making class in Seattle with artist and teacher Carmaleeda Estrada. Scheduled November 4-6 (November 4: 5 pm-9 pm; November 5-6: 12 pm-6 pm). Registration deadline is October 21. $50 for three-day class. Fee covers materials. Class limited to 15 participants. Offered through SHI’s Jinéit Art Academy. (Flyer)

In the news:
language grant

The Sealaska Heritage Institute has received a roughly $930,000 federal grant from the Administration for Native Americans to establish a three-year language revitalization program. Rosita Worl, the nonprofit’s president, said the new program will be an extension of an existing one.

Language revitalization
SHI gets grant

SHI has received a large federal grant to revitalize the languages of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian in four Southeast Alaska communities. The $927,000 award from the ANA will fund four mentor-apprentice teams in Metlakatla, Hydaburg, Sitka and Juneau.

Judson Brown Awardee

SHI through its Scholarship Committee has chosen a well-known language advocate and assistant professor of Alaska Native languages as the 2016 recipient of its annual Judson L. Brown Leadership Award. The recipient, Lance (X’unei) Twitchell, has helped to lead a high-profile effort in recent years to revitalize Alaska Native languages.

Tlingit Language
SHI releases apps

SHI has released its first Tlingit apps for students who want to learn their Native language through mobile devices. The programs include an app with more than three hundred Tlingit words, phrases and sounds and an app that teaches the Tlingit words for ocean animals and birds through interactive games. (Learning Tlingit App: iOS  Android) (Tlingit Language Games App: iOS  Android)

Indian Point
listed as historic place

Sealaska Heritage has prevailed in a decades-long effort to list the sacred X’unáxi (Indian Point) in Juneau in the National Register of Historic Places, making it the first traditional cultural property in Southeast Alaska to be placed on the register.

in the news:
basic art institute

To the beat of a deerskin drum and the tune of a Tlingit song, 16 teachers from several Alaskan communities danced into the University of Alaska Southeast classroom where they had spent the last two weeks. It was Thursday night, and the teachers — hailing from Juneau, Ketchikan and Kodiak — were both performing and celebrating...

In the news:
Tlingit immersion

“Lingít tundatáani.” Loosely translated, the phrase means “Tlingit perspective” or “Tlingit world view.” Asked about the last three years in Sealaska Heritage Institute’s mentor-apprentice program, Hans Chester (Naakil.aan) of Juneau said that’s what the program has given him. Yakutat apprentice Devlin Anderstrom (Shagaaw Éesh) said the same.