Sealaska Heritage


Native languages
Summit Dates Set

Sealaska Heritage will hold  a regional Native language summit for the remaining fluent speakers of Lingít (Tlingit), Xaad Kíl (Haida) and Sm’algyax (Tsimshian). The three-day summit, Voices of Our Ancestors, is scheduled Nov. 13-15 in Juneau. SHI will cover transportation and hotel costs for fluent speakers and provide lunches to participants.

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. 

native voyages to hawaii

SHI will sponsor a free lecture next week on voyages of the Tlingit, Haida and Hawaiians across the Pacific in ancient times and the origins of the Polynesians. Lecture she will explore evidence that suggests Alaska Natives traveled to Hawaii and delve into the question of whether Northwest Natives were the first Polynesians. (Flyer)


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...

In the news:
Bronze posts unveiled

By Steve Quinn, KTVA—Downtown Juneau has a new look. Standing in the heart of the capital city are three bronze totem poles – each about 8 feet tall. Sealaska Heritage Institute commissioned three Southeast Alaska artists to create the poles...

Photos: Summer Camps

This summer provided many opportunities for our youth in the region. Sealaska Heritage held five camps aimed at providing cultural activities for youth of all ages throughout Southeast Alaska. Students in SHI’s camps are able to meet others and make friends who come from a variety of communities in Southeast Alaska...

Native Youth Olympics
Practice Resumes

(Flyer: Thunder Mountain) (Flyer: JDHS) Practice will begin this fall for high school students who want to join Juneau’s Native Youth Olympics team. This program is open to all Juneau students. The games are based on ancient hunting and survival skills.

New Scholarship Program

SHI is offering three new scholarships in 2018 for art and museum studies students enrolled at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico...(more)

In the news:
Scans reveal details

By Tripp J Crouse, KTOO—A Southeast Alaska cultural center will study a Tlingit bentwood drum that’s more than 100 years old. By scanning the box drum in infrared, century-old details are returning to the surface. The bentwood box drum is downstairs at Sealaska Heritage Institute in the cultural center’s collections room.

In the news:
NYO Season Highlights

By Nolin Ainsworth, Juneau Empire—Sealaska Heritage Institute held a celebratory lunch for Juneau’s Native Youth Olympics team on Friday at the SHI offices. SHI was one of the co-sponsors of the team, which competed in the statewide NYO Games in May and earned a bronze medal in the Eskimo stick pull.

Educ Conference Recap

Attendees and presenters came from across Alaska and even as far as New Zealand to attend SHI’s second annual Culturally Responsive Education (CRE) Conference in Juneau. The CRE conference was created to provide teachers and administrators with an understanding of issues affecting Alaska Native students...

nathan jackson exhibit
shi seeking pieces

SHI is planning a retrospective on the famed Tlingit artist Nathan Jackson, clan leader of the Lukaax.ádi, and is currently seeking pieces. The exhibit will feature work made by Jackson from the institute’s collection and pieces on loan. SHI currently is seeking carvings, jewelry, prints and any other items made by Jackson.


New Artist Residencies
Coming Soon

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has launched a new program to offer Alaska Native artists’ residencies, which will include dedicated work areas, access to archives and collections and monetary support. The goal is to provide artists with a substantial amount of independent studio time...


New Scholarship Program
NWC Arts, Museum Studies

SHI will offer three new scholarships this fall for art and museum studies students enrolled at the University of Alaska Southeast and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). Through the program, SHI will give $35,250 in scholarships to Alaska Natives in four categories...


Lemon Creek Correctional Center inmate and Tlingit and Tsimshian artist David Guthrie was clueless about his culture and unsure about his future before he got caught up in a world of copper, creativity and camaraderie. “I feel that your class and the carving classes have saved my life"...

Old designs revealed

SHI, in partnership with the T’a̱kdeintaan Clan, Mt. Fairweather House of Hoonah, has acquired infrared scans and enhanced photos of an old Tlingit box drum that reveal design elements previously not visible. The images exposed more of the formline design on the drum, which was repatriated in 2011 to the T’a̱kdeintaan.

Horn Carving Workshops

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor horn-carving workshps in Sitka, Ketchikan and Juneau to in an effort to ensure the endangered art of goat horn spoon carving are passed on to future generations. Click link to apply by community.

Job Opportunity

Opportunities: SHI is seeking an assistant retail manager, a retail sales associate and an art youth instructor in Angoon.