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.
Next Academy: June 17-25, Juneau
(Register) SHI will sponsor a Math and Culture Academy in Juneau for students entering grades 6-8. The 10-day academy is open to students from Angoon, Hoonah, Klukwan, Prince of Wales Island, Kake and Juneau. Travel, food, and accommodations will be provided at no cost to the participants. Students not from Juneau will stay on University of Alaska Southeast campus with chaperones, and students from Juneau will participate as either day or overnight campers. For more information contact email@example.com or 907.586.9272. Application deadline: May 1.
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.
Next: Juneau Hoop Camp, July 31-August 3, Juneau
SHI will sponsor a Latseen Hoop Camp in Juneau for students entering grades 6-12. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration deadline: July 27.
The camp will be taught by Coach Bob Saviers, an AAU/NCAA certified coach and former coach of Dzantik'i Heeni and Floyd Dryden Middle Schools. Coach Saviers was one of the originators of the current Hooptime AAU and started coaching for Hooptime when Edd Webb, the founder of Hooptime, asked him to coach in 2000. He has coached 18 years for Hooptime AAU at all levels. He has been head coach for Dzantik’I Heeni 7th and 8th grade and Floyd Dryden 7th and 8th grade boys over the years. Bob works closely with all coaches of Hooptime from the 3rd grade to the 8th grade as well as the high schools athletes and programs. He continues to coach with Coach George Houston and both teaches AAU coaching clinics and attends coaching clinics in order to stay in high school and the college level certification for NCAA/AAU events. He is currently also Head Coach for the High School AAU program. He has placed athletes in college in recruitment periods over the last 8 years.
Native Youth Olympics
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.
2018 Traditional Games
(Results) The 2018 Traditional Games, held in late March in Juneau, were a big success, with more than 50 athletes registered and well over 100 spectators in attendance. Medals were awarded to Middle School Division and High School/Open Adult (18+ Division with the following results:
Central Council Tlingit and Haida hosted a fry bread taco fundraiser and sold t-shirts to help raise funds to send a Juneau team to the Native Youth Olympics in almost thirty years. More on the Juneau team coming soon.
Check out this video clip showing Erick Whisenant winning the gold in the Two Foot High Kick, kicking a high of 7' 2"!
Baby Raven Reads
(Baby Raven Web) 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...(more)
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.
(Application) (Required Documents) (Schedule) 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.
In response to the soaring cost of getting a college education, AffordableColleges.com has compiled a useful guide to financial aid for minority students to help students.
Thru the Cultural Lens: Teacher Orientations for Juneau School District, 2018
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 2018 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 seminars and work sessions from January-May 2018. Attendees also will be required to participate in SHI’s Culturally Responsive Education Conference in August. SHI is seeking additional funds to expand the program to other Southeast Alaska communities. Participants will be required to attend the following events in Juneau:
Seminar Series (6.5 hours each)
- January 13
- February 3
- February 10
- March 10
- March 31
- April 14
- May 5
Work Sessions (4-hours each)
- March 2
- April 17
- May 1
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!