Sealaska Heritage


education calendar
2019 programming

Sealaska Heritage is offering seven major summer programs in 2019 for youth, including a math and culture academy, a performing arts camp, our arts and leadership academy, Baby Raven Reads events and our Latseen hoop and running camps. 

Calendar of Events
2019 Programming

SHI is offering a lot of upcoming events and opportunities, including Native art classes, Baby Raven events and summer camps for youth. 

summer camp
NWC art, leadership

SHI will sponsor a Latseen Northwest Coast Art & Leadership Academy in Juneau for Alaska Native high school students. Travel scholarships are available to students outside Juneau. The training is designed to provide engaging culturally-based education and art activities for youth in support of their future academic success.  (Flyer)

Job OpportunitIES

SHI is seeking a distribution assistant; an education director who will be responsible for comprehensive development and management of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s education programs; and a retail sales associate to work at the Sealaska Heritage Store. 


Registration is now open for Opening the Box, SHI's Southeast Math and Culture Academy, scheduled to be held at the University of Alaska Southeast from June 9 to 15. For students in grades 7-8...(more)

Let the games begin!
Native Youth Olympics

Nearly a hundred athletes from Alaska and Canada are expected to compete in the 2019 Traditional Games in Juneau this week, marking the first time Southeast Alaska has hosted a statewide indigenous sports event. The games are open to everyone age 11 and up. Free event.  (Flyer)

tlingit code talkers
state honor

Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer next week will present five Alaska flags to family members of the state’s Tlingit code talkers to honor the crucial role the men played in helping to end World War II. The event is scheduled at 6:30 pm—prior to the start of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament—at Juneau-Douglas High School.

skin-sewing workshop

Sealaska Heritage and Saxman IRA Tribal Council will sponsor a skin-sewing workshop with teacher Louise Kadinger in Saxman, March 21-24 at the the Kootéeyaa Koffe House.. Free, supplies provided. Space is limited. Application deadline: March 14.  (Flyer

tlingit code talkers
state honor

The Alaska State Legislature today passed a citation honoring Alaska’s Tlingit code talkers for their exemplary military service and the crucial role they played in helping to end World War II. The citation, which posthumously honored them, passed with family members of the men and Native leaders watching from the galleries.

woolen weaving

Sealaska Heritage and UAS are offering a Northwest Coast woolen weaving course with teacher Kay Parker. Scholarships to cover tuition and fees are available to help cover costs in 2019 and 2020! Scholarship application deadline: April 8.  (Scholarship Application) (Flyer)


Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a horn-spoon carving workshop with instructor Steve Brown in Juneau, March 7-10 at Gajaa Hít. Fee: $25. Students may have option to register for UAS credit. Space is limited. Application deadline: Feb. 28.  (Flyer)

Culture in new institutions

In this installment, SHI President Rosita Worl answers the question "What are the challenges of integrating Native arts, culture and language into new institutions?"


In this installment, SHI President Rosita Worl answers the question "Why do some of SHI's programs give preference to Native participants?"—a question recently posed to us by an Alaska educator.

Sessions and events

Sealaska Heritage is sponsoring several language activities through its Haa Shuká program, including language sessions in Sitka and Juneau and an immersion retreat. 

facebook ban
SHI seeks remedy

SHI is condemning a Facebook ban on legal sales of products made from any “part, pelt or skin from an animal, including fur,” according to the site’s commerce policy. The ban will have a devastating effect on Native artists throughout the state, who sell through Facebook and are dependent on the proceeds from arts and handicraft made from animal parts.

halibut hooks

SHI has released the most comprehensive book ever published on traditional northern Northwest Coast halibut hooks, known as náxw in Tlingit. Doing Battle with the Halibut People: The Tlingit, Haida, & Tsimshian Halibut Hook delves deeply into the ingenious engineering, use of and spiritual dimensions of the hooks. (Buy)

Native Youth Olympics
Spring Practice Schedule

Spring practice is open 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 hunting and survival skills that allowed the indigenous people to work together and to thrive in their homeland for thousands of years. (JDHS Schedule) (TMHS Schedule)

Tlingit Proverbs

Old sayings are an especially powerful and respectful way of addressing the opposite moiety. They can be used to console during times of pain and to inspire before difficult tasks. Unravelling their compacted and indirect meanings requires deep thinking and an intimate connection to oral traditions.

In the news:
Study: SHI's impact

A Juneau-based Alaska Native nonprofit directly and indirectly contributed $10 million into the Alaskan economy last year. McDowell Group found Sealaska Heritage Institute generated $10.4 million for the state through its employees, paying contractors, securing grants, attracting visitors and more.

shi $10 million force

A new study by a Juneau research firm has found that Sealaska Heritage Institute’s economic impact on Alaska was more than $10 million in 2018 and that its impact on the City and Borough of Juneau was $9.2 million.  (Study Summary

Formline Workshop

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a formline workshop with award-winning artist David R. Boxley in Klawock, March 10-17 at the Voc/Tech Center. Free, supplies provided. Option to register for UAS credit. Space is limited. Application deadline: Feb. 28.  (Flyer)

Formline Workshop

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a formline workshop with award-winning artist David R. Boxley in Sitka, April 5-13 at the Sitka High School, Art Classroom. Free, supplies provided. Option to register for UAS credit. Space is limited. Application deadline: March 29.  (Flyer

In the news:
Flautist in Clan House

By Michael Penn, Juneau Empire—Listen to Armenian-American flutist Tigran Arakelyan, the Music Director of the Northwest Mahler Festival in Seattle and the Port Townsend Orchestra, perform a sound check in Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Shuká Hít (Ancestors’ House).

baby raven reads
book giveaway

Sealaska Heritage will host a turf night this week in partnership with an education group in Juneau and give away free copies of its award-winning Baby Raven Reads book Salmon Boy: Shanyáak'utlaax̱ to families with young children. Event open to all families in Juneau with young children.