Sealaska Heritage


App Period to open

The enrollment period for Sealaska scholarship applications will open on Dec. 15 for the 2018-2019 school year. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. However, SHI s offering a $50 incentive to those who complete their scholarship application on or before Feb. 1.

Job Opportunity

SHI is seeking a retail/guest services associate to work at the Sealaska Heritage Store and the Walter Soboleff Building in Juneau and a research associate, who will conduct cultural, historical and public policy research under the supervision of the director of culture and history.

Video short on SHI

Watch this video short to see an overview about Sealaska Heritage and get a thumbnail sketch on the programs offered by the institute.

lecture on native mappers

In this lecture, John Cloud, an independent historian of geography and cartography, talks about the partnerships between scientists and Alaska Natives that emerged in an effort to map Alaska after the United States acquired the state through the Treaty of Cession in 1867.

Program expands to SE AK

SHI is expanding its award-winning Baby Raven Reads program to nine new communities in Southeast Alaska in an effort to promote early literacy, language development and school readiness in Alaska Native children. The program also will fund publication of new books...(more) (Baby Raven Books)

New book out

SHI this week will release a new culturally-based children’s book through its award-winning Baby Raven Reads program. The new book, How Devil's Club Came to Be, is an original story inspired by ancient oral traditions that have been handed down through the generations...(more)


SHI sponsors Baby Raven Reads, a program that promotes early-literacy, language development and school readiness for Alaska Native families with children up to age 5. SHI recently received funding to expand the program to nine other communities. This blog answers some frequently-asked questions.

In the news:
Panels given to school

On the day before Thanksgiving, Floyd Dryden Middle School’s gymnasium floor filled with students dancing to a Tlingit song — sung by other students— about respecting elders and community members. Elders and school administrators joined in. This was at the close of the “Transfer of Core Cultural Values Panels Ceremony.” 

Celebration 2018
JAS, NAM apps online

Raven Dance Mask by Bugs Nelson. 2016 Juried Art Show and Competition, Sealaska Heritage.

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a Juried Art Show and Competition, a Juried Youth Art Exhibit and a Native Artists Market during Celebration 2018, scheduled June 6-9. (Photo: Raven Dance Mask by Bugs Nelson, 2016 Juried Art Show and Competition. By Brian Wallace) Applications now online.

Celebration 2018

Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications from dance groups that want to perform at Celebration 2018, scheduled June 6-9. The application deadline is March 30, 2018.

Cultural Orientations
Registration Open

SHI is recruiting teachers and educators in Juneau for its 2018 cultural orientation program. The program, Thru the Cultural Lens, is a cultural-connectedness project for educators and pays a stipend to participants who complete all of the requirements. (Flyer) (Register)

NWC Art Initiative
SHI, UAS, sign moa

SHI has signed memorandums of agreement with the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and school districts in Juneau, Klawock and Hoonah to teach Northwest Coast (NWC) art, the world-renowned legacy of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. The program, Sharing Our Box of Treasures, is part of SHI’s effort to make Juneau the NWC arts capital of the world...

lecture on kaalaxch

If you missed our lecture on the Tlingit Jilḵáat leader Kaalaxch, the video is now online. Dr. Steve Langdon talks about the life of Kaalaxch, who lived in Klukwan, Alaska, at the time of the assertion of jurisdiction by the United States government in 1867.  (Blog)

NWC Art Capital in Juneau

By Rosita Worl—Nearly 100 years ago, the small town of Santa Fe, New Mexico, held its first Santa Fe Indian Market. The market, though humble at first, has grown into an economic goliath for the town, drawing an estimated 100,000 people from around the world every year.

In the news:
Arts Excursion

Fifty second-graders watched with wide eyes as Lily Hope talked about urine buckets. Hope, a Tlingit artist and storyteller, was explaining to students in the Any Given Child Juneau program about the process of dying yarn for Chilkat robes. 

Mountain goat horn spoons
we need your expertise

Within the next year, SHI is planning to offer one or more mountain goat horn spoon mentor-apprenticeships to experienced carvers in Southeast Alaska, and we need your help to determine how to best provide training for this endangered art practice. Please help by taking our short survey.

Mapping Alaska

Six different historic maps by Alaska Natives inspired one independent historian to look into the significance of Alaska’s pre-statehood cartography. During a project that began in 2007, John Cloud scanned historical maps and charts of NOAA predecessor, the Coast and Geodetic Survey. 

Thank you veterans

In commemoration of Veterans Day, we offer this roundup of videos honoring Alaska Native veterans, including Tlingit code talkers, and traditional warriors. Thank you veterans for your honorable service and for all you have sacrificed to protect our peoples and our land.