Sealaska Heritage


Job Opportunity

SHI currently has two opportunities: SHI is seeking proposals from a qualified consultant or consultants interested in evaluating SHI’s Sharing Our Box of Treasures—Northwest Coast Art Program and resumes for a retail/guest services associate to work at the Sealaska Heritage Store.


Sealaska Heritage over the years has uploaded a lot of videos online to share with you. Watch our events, lectures and tutorials on formline design on Vimeo


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)

In the news:
SHI receives award

By Alex McCarthy, Juneau Empire—...SHI was honored for its wide-spanning efforts to promote Alaska Native values in Southeast. In particular, Rotary members were impressed with SHI’s educational focus that includes books, applications and games that make learning Native history and languages easy for children. 

Juried Art Show
Jurors Chosen

A well-known Tlingit artist and a renowned art historian have been chosen to judge Sealaska Heritage Institute’s next Juried Art Show and Competition, which will open in May and be held during Celebration 2018 in June. The jurors were recommended by SHI's Native Artist Committee.

Our orthography matters

Elders and linguists have spent decades developing a method for spelling our Native languages, which historically were oral languages and not written. It’s important that the orthography is recognized and adhered to in scholarly papers, news stories and books. It is disheartening to see Native words misspelled.

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.

Fish Trap Stake
Replica to be carved

SHI and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture are collaborating on a project to replicate an old fish trap stake collected in Wrangell in the early 1900s by an ethnographer and later acquired by the museum. The replica will be featured in the institute’s new exhibit.

Volunteer at SHI
Apply Online

Sealaska Heritage is recruiting volunteers for various programs. If you are interested, please fill out our application. SHI could not succeed without the help of its volunteers!

NWC Art Initiative
Klawock art program

SHI and the Klawock City School District have signed an agreement to help develop the district’s existing elective Northwest Coast art courses for high school students into a career pathways course over a three-year period. 

community liaisons

SHI is recruiting community liaisons to be the point of contact in communities for all communications regarding its Baby Raven Reads program.  SHI has filled all positions except those in Craig and Klawock. Send resumes to or fax to 907.586.9293, ATTN: Cara Gilbert. (Full Description

App Period now open

The enrollment period for Sealaska scholarship applications is now open 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.

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.

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)

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...