Sealaska Heritage


SHI to sponsor conservator

SHI in October will host a professional ethnographic object conservator to perform a critical-condition assessment, do general cleaning and recommend conservation treatments for an old Tlingit box drum repatriated in 2011 to the T’a̱kdeintaan Clan of Hoonah. The drum will also be scanned to reveal formline design.


Watch SHI’s 2017 Tináa Art Auction, which raised nearly $200,000 for the institute's new endowment to perpetuate programming for future generations and the public. The event included a stunning fashion show featuring Native designers! We are incredibly grateful to the people and sponsors who made this possible.

Job Opportunities

SHI is recruiting for an executive assistant, education administrative assistant, community coordinator and an early childhood specialist. 

In the news:
Library of Congress award

By Mackenzie Fisher, Capital City Weekly—SHI's early literacy program, Baby Raven Reads, has been recognized by the Library of Congress for the work it has done. Some of that work includes publishing 17 books so far ... holding monthly programs for Alaska Native families with children up to age five, and promoting language development and school readiness overall.


Indian Point, a sacred site

SHI President Rosita Worl fields a lot of questions from the public, researchers and the media about Northwest Coast cultures. Because of this, we launched “Q & A with Rosita Worl” on our blog. Question: What is the history behind Indian Point in Juneau and why have Native people fought to protect it?

2 new books out

SHI has published two children’s books through its Baby Raven Reads series, including the ancient Haida story The Woman Carried Away by Killer Whales and the Tlingit story The Woman Who Married the Bear, adapted by Frank Henry Kaash Kataase. Both books were illustrated by Haida artist Janine Gibbons. These are available as a 2-box set.

In the news:
Chilkat Robe Comes Home

Sara Jacobsen, 19, grew up eating family dinners beneath a stunning Native American robe. Not that she gave it much thought. Until, that is, her senior year of high school, when she saw a picture of a strikingly similar robe in an art history class. 

In the news:
Highlights from auction

By Geoff Kirsch, Capital City Weekly—Southeast Alaska is many things: a natural wonder; a wildlife hotspot; an outdoorsman’s paradise ... But in a part of the world largely defined by wilderness, for thousands of years it has also been a jewel of human culture, rich in the history, art and heritage of its indigenous people.


Tináa Art Auction
Thank you

Thanks to the community of Juneau and everyone who supported Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Tináa Art Auction. Because of you, we raised nearly $200,000 for SHI’s new endowment, which will ensure that SHI’s programming will benefit future generations and the public. A huge thanks to the following...

In the news:

By Michael Penn, Juneau Empire—The very talented photojournalist Michael Penn documented SHI's Tináa Art Auction for the Juneau Empire and posted nearly 100 stunning images online!


On September 25, 2017, the world lost a giant. Nora Dauenhauer, beloved Tlingit author, poet and scholar, passed away at the age of 90. Gunalchéesh Nora for a life well lived. You and your life’s work have meant the world to us. As you cherished us, we cherished you. We will miss you terribly, but we are grateful for the work you did on this Earth.

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.