Sealaska Heritage


Celebration 2018
Info and Links

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor Celebration 2018 from June 6-9 in Juneau. Celebration is a biennial dance-and-culture festival celebrating the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Everyone is welcome! (Flyer) (Preliminary Schedule)

Education Conference

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 140 educators from as far away as Nome and Fairbanks. Travel scholarships available. (Register) (Conference Webpage)


Sealaska Heritage Institute in 2018 opened a new exhibit, Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land, which explores ancient place names and the innovative inventions that were used to catch halibut and salmon. (NewsStory)

Celebration 2018

(Flyer) SHI will open its Juried Youth Art Exhibit next week and announce winners during Celebration 2018. The exhibit will showcase 30 Northwest Coast art-inspired pieces by 25 young artists from 9 communities. The level of detail and sophistication in some of the pieces is a beautiful thing to see, said SHI President Rosita Worl.

Celebration 2018

SHI next week will unveil pieces chosen by jurors for its ninth biennial Juried Art Show and Competition, which will include more than 40 works by nearly 30 artists. First held in 2002, the show has evolved into a highly competitive event featuring exquisite pieces that would make the old masters proud.

In the news:
Juneau wins medal

By Adelyn Baxter, KTOO—The Native Youth Olympics wrapped in Anchorage on Saturday, with Juneau athletes setting new personal records and placing in one event. It’s the first team from Juneau to compete at the statewide competition in almost 30 years. Juneau sent 10 athletes. 

In the news:
New Exhibit

By Kevin Gullufsen, Juneau Empire—On a drive from the Mendenhall Valley to downtown Juneau, one would pass the “Hand of Moldy Top” and the “Beautifully Adorned Face” before arriving at the “Trails Above Each Other.” 


By David James, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner—Baby Raven Reads is a program launched in 2014 by the Sealaska Heritage Institute to improve the academic performance of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian students in Southeast Alaska...(Buy)

Latseen Hoop Camp

SHI will sponsor a Latseen Hoop Camp in Juneau for students entering grades 6-12. Sealaska Heritage developed the model for this program, which teaches basketball skills and the Tlingit four core cultural values. Space is limited. Registration deadline: June 1. 

Blood quantum

In this edition of Q&A, SHI President Rosita Worl responds to the question: "I feel connected to my Tlingit heritage but am only 1/8 Native by blood quantum. What does this mean for me?"


The 2018 Traditional Games, held in late March in Juneau, were a big success, with more than 50 athletes registered and well over 100 spectators in attendance. Medals were awarded to Middle School Division and High School/Open Adult (18+) Division.

basket donation

Byron and Toni Mallott of Juneau have donated a basket made by master Haida weaver Delores Churchill to Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) for its ethnographic collection. The basket, named “Half Head of Salmon Berry,” is an exquisite piece...(more)


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. 

Job Opportunity

Opportunities: SHI is hiring for an art project coordinator and a retail sales associate. SHI also is seeking an art youth instructor in Angoon and a community liaison in Craig. 

canoe replica

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. 

cultural appropriation
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.

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)  

2018 schedule
calendar of events

Sealaska Heritage is offering a lot of upcoming events and opportunities in 2018, including Native art classes, Baby Raven events and summer camps for youth. Click here to see our 2018 calendar of events.

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
education programs

SHI will sponsor three education programs for students in grades 6-12 this summer, including two hoop camps, a leadership academy and a math and culture academy. Click link to register.

Celebration 2018

SHI is recruiting volunteers for Celebration 2018, scheduled June 6-8. We could not offer Celebration with the help of volunteers. Volunteers who donate a minimum of 4 hours get a free, one-day pass and t-shirt while supplies last.

Celebration 2018

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 .

shi wins aila award

SHI’s new book Shanyaak'utlaax: Salmon Boy  has won the 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Best Picture Book Award from the American Indian Library Association (AILA). AILA, an affiliate of the American Library Association, gives awards to identify and honor “the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians.”

In the news:
"Shamanism" retreat

A shamanic retreat in Juneau led by a Californian has caught Sealaska Heritage Institute’s attention. SHI learned about the Dance of the Deer Foundation’s retreat and asked them not to come to Juneau. Despite Sealaska Heritage’s objections, the company’s owner, Brant Secunda, continues to advertise for the June retreat.