Native Youth Olympics
Juneau heads to games
For the first time in nearly 30 years, athletes will represent Juneau at the Native Youth Olympics, which will open April 26 in Anchorage. Ten middle and high school students from Juneau will vie in competitions...(more) (Categories) (Schedule) (Watch Live)
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)
PLACE NAMES, INVENTIONS
SHI next week will unveil its 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. The community is welcome to explore it free of charge on First Friday.
BABY RAVEN READS
SHI will sponsor a free family event on Saturday for families with Alaska Native children age five and under as part of its Baby Raven Reads program. The theme is Devil’s Club. Join us for storytelling, songs and other cultural and literacy activities.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 summer, including two hoop camps, a leadership academy and a math and culture academy. Click link to register.
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 .