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SHI will sponsor its second education conference for teachers and administrators in an effort to promote culturally responsive pedagogy in schools. SHI’s first cultural education conference drew about 140 educators from as far away as Nome and Fairbanks. Travel scholarships available. (Register)
ART OF BABY RAVEN READS
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (a blog about books)—Last week over at Kirkus, I talked here with Dr. Rosita Worl, President of Sealaska Heritage in Juneau, about Baby Raven Reads, its groundbreaking, culturally-based program promoting early literacy and school readiness for Alaska Native children.
Opportunities: SHI is hiring for a retail sales associate, education admin assistant, archivist and a community coordinator in Juneau for its Baby Raven Reads program. SHI also is seeking NWC art teachers and chaperones for its summer academy, an art youth instructor in Angoon and a community liaison in Craig.
Latseen Summer Camp
Applications are now available for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Sharing Our Box of Treasures: Latseen Northwest Coast Art & Leadership Academy. The academy for high school students will be held July 5-16 at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau...(more) (Flyer)
Sitka’s tribal government has donated to Sealaska Heritage a small replica of a full-size dugout canoe carved there through a project co-sponsored by SHI last year. The replica is a near copy of the 27-foot traditional dugout.
worl gives talk
The line between cultural appropriation and cross-cultural communication can be difficult for educators to figure out, acknowledged SHI President Rosita Worl in a presentation to art teachers, artists, and school administrators at the Walter Soboleff Building in March.
SHI will sponsor a formline workshop with award-winning artist David R. Boxley in Klawock, April 8-15 at the Prince of Wales Vocational and Technical Education Center. Free, supplies provided. Option to register for UAS credit. Space is limited. Application deadline: March 30. (Flyer)
Youth Art Exhibit
Deadline: March 30
Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a Juried Youth Art Exhibit during Celebration 2018, which is scheduled June 6-9, 2018. Prizes range from $350-$200 (middle school) to $500-$200 (high school). The deadline has been extended to March 30.
Native Artist Market
Deadline: March 30
Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a Native Artists Market during Celebration 2018, which is scheduled June 6-9, 2018. The deadline has been extended to March 30.
Northwest Coast Art
Haa Latseen Project
Sealaska Heritage is inviting emerging Northwest Coast (NWC) artists to participate in the 2018 Haa Latseen Community Project. The project will include carving practice, business classes, formline workshops and frontlet carving. (Register) (Flyer) (Schedule)
In the news:
Baby Raven Reads
KINY—KINY was a great story on the programmatic side of SHI’s Baby Raven Reads program and the importance of the family events that happen regularly: "While the children's book publications are a big part of Baby Raven Reads, there is a huge program component that instills early reading skills."
Save the Dates
SHI will sponsor three education programs for students in grades 6-12 this summary, including two hoop camps, a leadership academy and a math and culture academy. Applications and registration coming soon!
In the news:
Native Art Park
By Gregory Philson, Juneau Empire—Sealaska Heritage Institute is planning on building an Alaska Native “art park” in the Sealaska Plaza parking lot in downtown Juneau. Rosita Worl, President of Sealaska Heritage Institute, made the announcement Thursday.
The Innovators Hall of Fame award ceremony, held Wednesday night, recognized for the first time a long history of Alaska Native ingenuity in the form of a traditional wooden halibut hook. A Tlingit halibut-hook fisherman and his grandfather accepted the award on behalf of northern NWC people.
Inducted into Hall of Fame
The Juneau Economic Development Council and the Alaska State Committee for Research (SCoR) have announced the traditional wood halibut hook used by the northern Northwest Coast Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian was inducted into the SCoR Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame.
SHI and the Juneau School District are looking for interested artists to add to a teaching artist roster, which will be used by teachers looking for specialists to join their classrooms. These opportunities could be one class, one semester or whatever fits best for the teacher and artist.
Toddler Regalia Review
SHI is hosting a Toddler Regalia Review during Celebration of 2018. This event is open to Sealaska shareholders and Shareholder descendants who are ages two (2) to four (4) years at the time of Celebration, scheduled June 6 - 9, 2018. The deadline to apply is May 11.
SHI will sponsor contests for traditional Native foods during Celebration 2018, scheduled June 6-9. People may compete for best black seaweed, best soapberries, best seal oil and best seal oil with crackling. Prizes for first, second and third place in each category are $500, $250 and $100 .