Culture in Schools
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. (Conference Webpage)
In the news:
By Liam Niemeyer, KRBD—The U.S. Forest Service launched a webpage Friday featuring audio recordings and pronunciations of various wildlife such as “beaver” or “fish” in different Alaska Native languages. For example, the pronunciation for “black bear” is “s’eek” in the Tlingit language.
JUDSON BROWN AWARD
An undergraduate student at the Alaska Pacific University who is pursuing a degree in counseling psychology has won Sealaska Heritage Institute’s 2018 Judson L. Brown Leadership Award. SHI,through its Scholarship Committee, has chosen Sharnel Yaagál Vale, a Tlingit Raven from the Kwaashk’I Kwáan Clan.
Sealaska Heritage is planning a regional Native language summit for the remaining fluent speakers of Lingít (Tlingit), Xaad Kíl (Haida) and Sm’algyax (Tsimshian) living in Southeast Alaska and among the Interior Tlingit who share clan membership with the coastal Tlingit.
The next Celebration will be held June 10-13, 2020, in Juneau. People are encouraged to reserve hotel rooms early, as space fills up quickly. The lead dance group will be the combined Shx'at Ḵwáan and Kaatslitaan groups of Wrangell.
BASKETS, SPOONS, MORE
A Washington family has donated an exquisite collection of Northwest Coast objects to Sealaska Heritage so that it may be studied by artists and scholars. It includes finely-woven spruce-root basketry and several exceptional mountain goat horn spoons.
In the news:
Issue evokes trauma
By Jacob Resneck, KTOO—The sights and sounds of children being taken from their families by federal immigration agents is reopening decades-old wounds for some Alaska Natives. “When I first saw them I was just absolutely appalled,” Rosita Worl said. Worl was forcibly taken from her parents at the age of 6.
Stop Border Separations
I want to express my appreciation to Sen. Lisa Murkowski for opposing the separation of families at the U.S. border and demanding an immediate halt to this “cruel, tragic” practice. For me and for many, many other Alaska Natives, this issue is personal and resurrects old wounds.
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.
CELEBRATION: DAY 3
Throughout the third and fourth day of Celebration 2018, dance group leaders spoke of the biennial event as a time of renewal, using their moments at the microphone to share words of support, encouragement, and healing with the hundreds of people gathered in Centennial Hall, and thousands more viewers watching the broadcast.
CELEBRATION: DAY 2
Only a few children attended the first Celebration in 1982, and Elders worried that the culture might not survive. But in recent years the presence of youth has become one of the most visible and vibrant elements of Sealaska Heritage’s biennial dance and culture festival,.
CELEBRATION: DAY 1
Thirty-six years after the first Celebration was held in Juneau at the urging of Elders, representatives of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people gathered on stage at Centennial Hall Wednesday evening to welcome thousands of dancers and visitors...
Food winners announced
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has announced the winners of its traditional food contests, held as part of Celebration 2018. The judges rated the entries on taste, color, smell and freshness.
JURIED ART COMPETITIONS
Ten artists have taken top prizes and honorable mentions at Sealaska Heritage Institute’s ninth biennial Juried Art Show and Competition, and 13 young artists also placed in SHI’s second biennial Juried Youth Juried Art Exhibit. Haida artist Ariane Xay Kuyaas won Best of Show and Best of Endangered Division for her spruce root basket.
Photos: Frontlet Workshop
Sealaska Heritage recently organized a frontlet carving workshop led by Ray Watkins as part of its Haa Latseen Community Project. Check out the photos to see the work created by the students at Gajaa Hít!
YOUTH EXHIBIT TO OPEN
(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.
ART SHOW UNVEILING
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.
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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.”