Latseen Leadership Academy
The institute sponsors an annual Latseen Leadership Academy. The training is designed to provide engaging culturally based education and activities for youth in support of their future academic and personal success with a focus on rigor, relevance, and relationships. The goal of the program is to teach students the art of leadership through the development of self-knowledge, and physical and spiritual strength. In a supportive learning environment, students participate in cultural, artistic, athletic, and academic activities.
Latseen Hoop Camp
Sealaska Heritage Institute sponsors an annual Latseen Hoop Camp. Sealaska Heritage developed the model for this program, which teaches basketball skills and the Tlingit four core cultural values.
Native Youth Olympics
(Register) Join Juneau’s first high school Native Youth Olympics team! Open to all Juneau high school students. Practices held twice a week for both TMHS and JDHS. No experience needed.
The Native Youth Olympics is a statewide sport that includes 10 different events or games to test skills of strength, agility, balance, endurance and focus. These games are based on hunting and survival skills of the indigenous people of Alaska and across the arctic going back hundreds of years. Each year, teams of high school and middle school athletes from across the state travel to Anchorage to take part in the Sr. Native Youth Olympics. More than 500 athletes from over 100 communities, split into male and female division, compete for 1st-5th place medals in the 10 events. Athletes strive to perform at their personal best while helping and supporting their fellow competitors, no matter what team. This is the spirit of the games, to work together toward common goals and learn from the skills and values that allowed Alaska Native people to survive and thrive in some of the harshest conditions.
In order to take part in the Sr. Native Youth Olympics, athletes must be currently enrolled and in good standing in a middle school, high school or GED program and between the ages of 12-19. They do NOT need to be Alaska Native.
Practice: Juneau-Douglas High School
(Flyer) Practice will be held at lunch every Monday from Nov. 13-Dec. 11 at the auxiliary gym and from 4-5:30 pm every Wednesday from Nov. 15-Dec. 13 in the commons.
Practice: Thunder Mountain High School
(Flyer) Practice will be held during lunch every Friday on Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 and from 4-5:30 pm every Monday from Nov. 13-Dec. 11 at the Purple Wing commons.
Latseen Running Camp
Sealaska Heritage Institute sponsors an annual Latseen Running Camp in Juneau to strengthen body, mind and spirit and to further connect Native people to Haa Aani—our land. The program borrows from two of four core cultural values— Haa Aaní: Our Land: Honoring & Utilizing our Land (Haida: Íitl’ Tlagáa; Tsimshian: Na Yuubm) and Haa Latseen: Our Strength: Strength of Body, Mind, and Spirit (Haida: Íitl’ Dagwiigáay; Tsimshian: Na Yugyetga’nm)
Opening the Box: Math and Culture Academy
The institute works with public school teachers through its Math and Culture Academy, which teaches math skills to middle-school students through Northwest Coast art.
Through the annual academy, students attend culture-based math camps where Native art practices, such as basketry, weaving and canoe making, are used to teach math. The teachers also increase their knowledge of Native cultural traditions, protocols and art as they affect mathematical learning.
Teams of teachers, artists, and SHI staff are producing, field testing, and disseminating a series of supplemental math resources that incorporate Tlingit culture and language geared for beginning algebra and geometry courses.
SHI is building the model for use in Southeast Alaska by adapting nationally recognized, successful math programs developed by other organizations outside the region.
Baby Raven Reads
Sealaska Heritage sponsors Baby Raven Reads, an award-winning program that promotes early-literacy, language development and school readiness for Alaska Native families with children up to age 5. The pilot program in Juneau ended in 2017, and SHI received funding to offer the program for another three years and to expand it to nine other communities in Southeast Alaska.
Baby Raven Reads improves early literacy skills by translating cultural strengths into home literacy practices. Baby Raven Reads provides family literacy events, training for care providers, and professional development for early childhood educators.
New books developed and published through the program are now available through the Sealaska Heritage Store on Seward and Front Streets in Juneau at the Walter Soboleff Building and online (more on Baby Raven books). In 2017, the Library of Congress selected Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Baby Raven Reads literacy program for its 2017 Best Practice Honoree award, making it one of only 15 programs in the world to receive the honor that year. For more information on Baby Raven, contact SHI’s education department at 586-9219.
(Enroll) Sealaska Heritage is offering Baby Raven Reads in Angoon, Craig, Hoonah , Klawock, Petersburg , Saxman, Sitka, Wrangell and, Yakutat. The program also will be offered again in Juneau. For more information, contact Katrina Hotch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Expectations and Commitments) Community liaisons will be the point of contact in communities for all communications regarding the project. Expectations are as follows:
- Attend 16 hours of professional development in Juneau
- Coordinate and staff local family literary activities 9 months a year
- Identify parent helpers to assist with family literary activities
- Work with Head Start staff, cultural specialists, parent leaders to plan family activity events
- Data collection (event sign-in sheets, surveys, etc.)
- Provide caregiver training
- Participate in Raven Reads team meeting
- Community Liaisons provide 30 hours a month 10 months a year ... (more)
SHI seeking authors, illustrators for Baby Raven Reads
(Request for Proposals) SHI is seeking proposals from artists to create illustrations for Alaska Native children’s books targeted to children birth to 5 years old and from authors to write culturally sustaining, age-appropriate books targeting children in the same age group. Deadline is Nov. 21, 2017.
Sealaska Heritage is sponsoring a program for young writers to encourage and produce culturally-based books for all age levels. Through the program, Yées kashxeedí (New/young/fresh writer), SHI is encouraging writers who are age 19 or younger to submit manuscripts that tell stories about Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures and/or history through the Native worldview. If SHI accepts a manuscript, the author will be paid an honoraria for co-copyright and permission to publish the story as a book. The program—which translates as Ta k’áalang ‘la’áay Gáwtlaa (New writer) in Xaad Kíl and Sü t'amiist (He/she is a new writer) in Sm’algyax, will be an ongoing effort to encourage the development of creative Native writers and the production of culturally-based learning materials such as those now being produced by SHI under its Baby Raven Reads program. Writers should submit draft manuscripts to email@example.com.
Sealaska Heritage Institute provides scholarships to Alaska Natives who are Sealaska Shareholders and Descendants for college, university, and vocational and technical schools. The annual awards are funded mostly by Sealaska. The application period is from January 1-March 1 each year. Applications must be filled out and submitted online. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Application) (Required Documents) (Schedule)
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Thru the Cultural Lens: Teacher Orientations for Juneau School District, Fall 2017
It is critical that Native cultures be incorporated into public schools and that teachers have a general understanding of the cultures. Studies have shown that Native students do better academically when they are exposed to their culture in class. To that end, Sealaska Heritage sponsors cultural orientations for teachers in public schools and at the University of Alaska through a memorandum of agreement. Participants learn Native history, Native world view, and even about Northwest Coast art.
Sealaska Heritage will sponsor its 2017 cultural orientation program for teachers and educators in Juneau. The program pays a stipend to participants who complete all of the requirements. Participants also have the option to earn 3 PEC credits through the University of Alaska Southeast. The program will offer 50 hours of cultural orientation for 20 participants through seven seminars in August, September, October, November and December. Participants will be required to attend the following events in Juneau:
- Cultural Orientation Seminar, Aug. 12
- Cultural Orientation Seminar, Sept. 9
- Cultural Orientation Seminar, Sept. 23
- Cultural Orientation Seminar, Oct. 14
- Cultural Orientation Seminar, Oct. 28
- Cultural Orientation Seminar, Nov. 11
- Cultural Orientation Seminar, Dec. 2
(Register) For more information contact Jackie Kookesh at email@example.com.
Voices on the Land
Sealaska Heritage Institute sponsors an innovative program that seeks to improve literacy skills and increase use of the Tlingit language through performing arts and digital storytelling.
Through the program, Voices on the Land, SHI is integrating performing arts and digital storytelling into six Juneau schools over three years through artists in residence, digital storytelling and a teacher training academy. Participating schools include Gastineau Elementary, Harborview Elementary, Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, Floyd Dryden Middle School, Riverbend Elementary and Glacier Valley Elementary. The Tlingit language will be integrated into the activities.
Through the program, students will help to create theatrical productions and scripts based on traditional knowledge and share what they produced with other students. In the process, students will enhance their skills in writing, reading, speaking and listening.
Students also will produce digital stories and sets of illustrated storybooks based on cultural knowledge which will enhance their skills in writing, speaking and technology.
SHI also will partner with the Alaska Arts Education Consortium on a summer program to train teachers on how to use the arts as a teaching tool. The program is funded through a grant from the Alaska Native Education Program.
Sealaska Heritage is conducting three short surveys to better serve the interests and needs of the Alaska Native community. Everything you share with us will remain anonymous.
- If you are a stakeholder (a Sealaska shareholder, Alaska Native, a community member, a teacher or someone with an interest in SHI’s programs), fill out this survey.
- If you are an Alaska Native high school student and/or a former participant of SHI’s Latseen Leadership Academy, fill out this survey.
- If you are a past or current recipient of a Sealaska scholarship and/or a past Sealaska intern, fill out this survey.
Thanks in advance for participating!