Sealaska Heritage


gallery walk

SHI will host a Baby Raven Reads community event and book signing for its three new children’s books with illustrators Michaela Goade, Janine Gibbons and David Lang. Join us for storytelling and a dance performance. 15% off blankets and kuspuks at the Sealaska Heritage Store. Featured artists and free admission to exhibit.

baby raven reads
book signing/family event

SHI will sponsor a book signing and free family event on Friday, Dec. 7, for the public and families with Alaska Native children age five and under as part of its Baby Raven Reads program. Illustrators Michaela Goade, Janine Gibbons and David Lang will be signing SHI's new Baby Raven books.

Arts Excursion
Any given child

SHI this week will open the Walter Soboleff Building to all second-grade students in the Juneau School District as part of a national program to provide experiences and learning in the arts to all children. The event is part of the Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child initiative...

Northwest Coast Art
skin-sewing workshop

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a skin-sewing workshop in Yakutat with Jeremiah James from Dec. 6-9 at the Tlingit Tribe Human Services Dept. Training Room. Limited to 15 participants. SHI provides a sea otter hide at a $350 value for each participant as well as patterns and supplies. Application fee: $100. (Flyer)

Yakutat People

SHI this week will sponsor a lecture on the Indigenous knowledge of the people of Yakutat. In their lecture, Highlights from a Video Archive of Yakutat Indigenous Knowledge, Judy Ramos and Aron Crowell will discuss the Yakutat Seal Camps Project. Scheduled at noon on Nov. 29. Free and open to the public. (Flyer)

In the news:
Skin-sewing workshops

By Adelyn Baxter, KTOO—A series of workshops in communities around Southeast Alaska aims to expand the practice of traditional Alaska Native skin-sewing with seal and sea otter fur. Sealaska Heritage Institute hopes the classes can promote cottage industries in smaller communities...


Sealaska Heritage’s first-ever language summit brought together nearly 70 fluent speakers and more than 200 language learners in Juneau to recognize and celebrate the Elders who continued to speak their languages in the face of intense opposition. “The pain caused by efforts to stamp out our languages lives in all of us"...

baby raven reads
News Books to be released

SHI this week will release three new culturally-based children’s books through its award-winning Baby Raven Reads program. The books, Raven Loses His Nose, Raven Makes the Aleutians and Raven and the Tide Lady are based on ancient Northwest Coast Raven stories but are adapted for children.

native heritage month
lectures, events

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor the following lectures and special events in honor of Native American Heritage Month and Walter Soboleff Day.  All lectures are free and open to the public.  (Flyer)

In the news:
Language Summit

By Philippe Morin, CBC News—Speakers of Tlingit are preparing for what they're calling a historic conference in Alaska … The meeting means a lot to Duane Gastant Aucoin, the chair of the language and culture oversight committee with the Teslin Tlingit Council in Teslin, Yukon. "This is the first time coming together of all our fluent speakers.”

In the news:
Halibut Hook Revivial

By Raina Delisle, Hakai Magazine—Jonathan Rowan lowers his handmade wooden halibut hook into the tranquil early-morning water off Klawock, Alaska, and urges it to go down and fight: “Weidei yei jindagut,” he says in the Tlingit language. From his skiff, the tribal leader watches the V-shaped hook about as long as his forearm slowly sink...

Robert Davidson on art

The renowned master artist Robert Davidson has agreed to allow Sealaska Heritage to post occasional teachings online. In this latest blog, he answers eleven questions about his evolution as an artist, an artist’s role in society and the role of critics, to name a few.

Job OpportunitIES

Opportunities: SHI is seeking a community liaison in Juneau for the institute's Baby Raven Reads program and a school project coordinator.


SHI is applauding the return of Tlingit Mary Miller as the superintendent at Sitka National Historical Park. Miller is wholly qualified for the position and personally represents the history of the park as a Tlingit of the Shangukeidí clan with some Russian heritage, said SHI President Rosita Worl.


Sealaska Heritage sponsored a horn-spoon carving workshop in Ketchikan this month in an effort to ensure the endangered art of goat horn spoon carving is passed on to future generations. The four-day course was taught by Steve Brown and the acclaimed Tlingit artist Nathan Jackson stopped by for a visit! This photo blog gives a peek inside.

Skin-sewing workshops
Regionwide classes

SHI is launching a region-wide program to teach skin sewing in an effort to perpetuate the traditional art practice of using sea otter fur and to create cottage industries in Southeast Alaska. Through SHI’s Sustainable Arts Program, offered through the institute’s Jinéit Art Academy, the institute will sponsor 11 workshops in ten communities across the region.

Native wisdom & the Arctic

SHI President Rosita Worl took part in the opening panel for the Arctic Frost Annual Network Meeting this morning at the Baranof Hotel, a three-day event focused on building collaboration among governments, Indigenous organizations and researchers in sustainable development in the Arctic. 


The City and Borough of Juneau has passed a resolution naming the intersection of Front and Seward Streets “Heritage Square,” bolstering Sealaska Heritage Institute’s effort to designate Juneau and the region the Northwest Coast art capital of the world. The resolution passed Monday and received no opposition from the assembly.

cultural orientations
fall schedule out

SHI is recruiting teachers and education administrators in the Juneau School District for its fall 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 the seminars...(more) (Flyer)


KINY—The Sealaska Heritage Institute will be exhibiting a traditional set of armor and weapons that a Tlingit warrior would use during the 1800s with some pieces being recreated by artists ... Items include fearsome war helmets, collars, slat chest armor, a copper dagger, and an iron spear.

the making of bronze posts

Photo essay: Bronze posts and a peek behind the curtain: The anatomy of making, installing and celebrating SHI's new house posts.

Horn Spoon Carving
Class kicks off

SHI is kicking off a horn-spoon carving class in Juneau today in an effort to save the ancient but endangered Northwest Coast art practice. SHI sought funding for the program after artists at a regional gathering identified horn-spoon carving as an endangered art practice and a priority.

In the news:
Price heads to UAS

By Alex McCarthy, Juneau Empire—Already a well known name in Southeast Alaska and in Alaska Native artwork, Tlingit Master Carver Wayne Price is preparing to pass on his knowledge to university students in Juneau. The University of Alaska Southeast announced this month that Price is joining the school as an associate professor of Northwest Coast Arts. 


SHI has acquired the last Chilkat robe ever made by the famed Tlingit weaver Jennie Thlunaut, one of the most celebrated Northwest Coast master weavers of the twentieth century who is credited with single-handedly keeping the tradition alive. SHI was able to purchase the robe because the sellers slashed the price...