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Baby Raven Reads
Public reception, event

SHI will hold a public reception on Saturday for the release of five culturally-based children’s books that reflect the Native worldview. The reception will be preceded by a family event for people enrolled in SHI's Baby Raven Reads program. We'll have the author and illustrators on hand to sign books, which will be available at the Sealaska Heritage Store or through thestore@sealaska.com. (Flyer)

In the news:
Tlingit warrior training

By Mary Catharine Martin, Capital City Weekly—No matter the season, every day from age six began the same way for a young K’inéix Kwáan man training to be a warrior in pre-contact Yakutat — by wading into the ocean and staying as long as he could without passing out. “This was environmental training,” said Kai Monture...

In the news:
Terrifying Visages

By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News—Tlingit battle helmets were designed to inspire fear. The thick, wooden head armor carried imagery of strong warriors, fierce animals or revered ancestors. But helmets also played a ceremonial role, representing clans or helping shamans scout behind enemy lines.

Opportunity
Request for Proposals

SHI is accepting proposals to develop an engaging, educational and content-rich interactive exhibit featuring a map-based display of places of significance to Tlingit and Haida clans and kwáans, and three video- and animation-based displays about Tlingit fishing practices and technology.

Baby Raven Reads
SHI to release 5 books

SHI will release five culturally-based children’s books that reflect the Native worldview on Dec. 10. The first book, Colors, was released in early December and is available at the Sealaska Heritage Store or through thestore@sealaska.com or 907.586.9114. The books are a part of SHI's Baby Raven Reads program.

New Exhibit
Alaska Native Masks

SHI's new exhibit, Alaska Native Masks: Art & Ceremony, will open to the public in May, 2017. The exhibit highlights the ancient and current uses of Native masks, which connect humans to the supernatural world.

Video
Code Talkers of WWII

In case you missed our lecture on Native code talkers, the video is now online. Ozzie Sheakley and author Judith Avila talk about how Tlingit and Navajo code talkers helped end WWII.

In the news:
NWC art education

By Maria Dudzak, KRBD—Sealaska Heritage Institute has partnered with the Institute of American Indian Arts and the University of Alaska Southeast to provide enhanced and expanded Northwest Coast art programs and opportunities for Alaska students. The three organizations signed a memorandum of agreement last Wednesday...

In the news:
Talking in code

By Clara Miller, Juneau Empire—Thirty-three Native American tribes had members who served as World War II code talkers, amounting between 400-500 men. But for decades, it was classified information and kept secret, even from the code talkers’ families. For the Tlingits, it wasn’t until 2013 that it became public knowledge.

video
vietnam vets talk

If you missed our event, Hunting in Wartime, the video is now online. Alaska Native veterans talked about their experiences in the Vietnam war. Sealaska Heritage and Sealaska sponsored the talk for Native American Heritage Month. Preceded by comments from U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan.

Northwest Coast Art
Landmark MOA signed

Sealaska Heritage Institute has entered into a three-way partnership with the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) to provide enhanced and expanded Northwest Coast (NWC) art programs and opportunities for Alaska students.

in the news:
Defining "Alaska Native"

By Mike Dunham, Alaska Dispatch News—At the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Fairbanks last month, Sealaska Heritage Institute presented a study addressing the possibility of changing the definition of "Alaska Native" with regard to taking marine mammals for food or art purposes...

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