Sealaska Heritage


New Arts Campus
SHI kicks off campaign

(Website) (Brochure) (Donate) SHI has officially launched its fundraising campaign to build a Native arts campus at Heritage Square, kicking off what will become a preeminent cultural space in downtown Juneau. The Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus is phase two of SHI’s vision to make Juneau the Northwest Coast arts capital of the world and to designate NWC art a national treasure. 



SHI is recruiting elementary school teachers, support staff and administrators to participate in its annual cultural orientation program, which aims to incorporate Native world views into schools and promote cross-cultural understanding...(more)

Art, Museum studies

Deadline extended: SHI is offering scholarships to students majoring in art and museum studies under a program offered in partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in New Mexico. The application deadline is Jan. 24, 2020.

Research update Metlakatla

Last month, I visited the Metlakatla First Nation in British Columbia to continue a project we developed investigating how a marine-based diet has shaped the composition of the oral microbiome in the Coast Tsimshian community. In 2018, with permission from the community, I extracted ancient DNA from the dental plaque of Ancestors...

Champion for Kids

Traditional games athlete and coach Kyle Worl is one of two Alaskans chosen for the state’s “Champions for Kids” award this year. Worl, along with fellow awardee Kevin Ritchie, have been instrumental in helping children and families in Alaska thrive, according to an announcement released by the Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT).

halibut hook class

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a halibut hook class in Seattle Jan. 21-16 with Tlingit artist Donald Gregory. Fee: $50. Space is limited. More about these ingenious, Indigenous tools. (Flyer)


SHI will sponsor a language lecture on Wednesday that is part of a new series of talks aimed at sharing teaching techniques and connecting language professionals working to perpetuate Native languages. In his talk, X’unei Lance Twitchell will examine the fundamental value shifts that Indigenous populations experience when their language becomes endangered.

skin-sewing workshop

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a hand skin-sewing workshop in Metlakatla with Robert Miller from Jan. 30- Feb. 2 at the Metlakatla High school Annex Building. Class is limited to 15 participants. Application deadline: Jan. 27. (Flyer)

skin-sewing workshop

SHI will sponsor a machine skin-sewing workshop in Juneau with Robert Miller from Jan. 23-26 or Feb. 20-23 at Gajaa Hít. Each class is limited to 4 participants. Applicants must have already taken a hand-sewing class. Application deadline: Jan. 17. (Flyer)


SHI will sponsor a free lecture series on Indigenous language revitalization efforts, presented by scholars and professionals working in the field. The goal is to share teaching techniques more broadly and to connect language professionals working to perpetuate Native languages.

Celebration 2020

We have some deadlines on the horizon for Celebration 2020, which is scheduled June 10-13. (Applications and Information)

App Period Open

The enrollment period for Sealaska scholarship applications is open for the 2020-2021 school year. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020. However, SHI is offering a $50 incentive to those who complete their scholarship application on or before Feb. 1 and who are accepted as scholarship recipients.

clan leaders

SHI's Council of Traditional Scholars has developed a Clan Leaders statement to offer the minimal qualities of character and knowledge that they collectively see as necessary for clan leaders. The Council further recognizes that clans may have additional or different standards and these are respected. The Council encourages others to offer their recommendations:

new scholarships

SHI is offering a new program to fund Alaska Native students who want to learn their heritage language for the purpose of teaching it to others. The program will provide scholarships to students enrolled at the University of Alaska Southeast who are taking classes in Lingít Yoo X’atángi (Tlingit language), Xaad Kíl (Haida language), or Sm’algyax (Tsimshian language)...(more)

In the news:
war and peace

By Michael S. Lockett, Juneau Empire—The Sealaska Heritage Institute unveiled its newest exhibit, War and Peace, Friday for Gallery Walk. “The Tlingit word for war was also the Tlingit word for law,” said Chuck Smythe, the history and culture director for the SHI. Both the Russians and, later, the Americans would come to know the inhabitants of Southeast Alaska as fierce warriors...

Job OpportunitIES, RFPs

We're expanding: Come join our team! Sealaska Heritage currently has numerous job openings plus we are seeking proposals for three project evaluators. 

Meet Alyssa Bader

Meet Tsimshian scholar Alyssa Bader: SHI Postdoctoral Fellow studying impact of Native food on people. One of Alyssa Bader’s strongest connections to her culture has always been food. That she is studying how traditional Southeast Alaska Native foods impact health, then, is not too surprising.

In the news:
Herring fishery threat

By Michael S. Lockett, Juneau Empire—The practice of harvesting and trading herring eggs for subsistence is an old one in Southeast Alaska. But it’s one that’s threatened by commercial fishing activity and shortened harvesting periods, a University of Alaska Southeast professor said during a presentation at the Sealaska Heritage Institute on Tuesday.

baby raven reads
New Books

Sealaska Heritage has released three new children’s books through its award-winning Baby Raven Reads program. The release includes Cradle Songs of Southeast Alaska, the institute’s first fully trilingual book, which features Lingít (Tlingit), X̱aad Kíl (Haida) and Sm'algya̱x (Tsimshian) old and new songs, and color books Xanggáay and Wilgyigyet.

In the news:
Herring fishery threat

By Ari Snider, KCAW—A new study reveals previously unaccounted for economic and cultural benefits of herring. The extensive report also highlights threats posed by the current state management plan to the subsistence herring roe fishery in Sitka Sound.

Tlingit retreat

SHI will sponsor a Tlingit language retreat and workshop with X’unei Lance Twitchell from Dec. 16-20 in Seattle. Availability is limited. Priority given to participants by date of completed registration. Everyone welcome—no language experience required. No registration fee. (Flyer)

Artists in Residence
Anastasia Hobson-George

SHI will sponsor Tlingit weaver Anastasia (Shaawaat Ku Gei) Hobson-George and her apprentice, Sara Aceveda, as artists-in-residence this winter to work on an endangered form of weaving. The artists will weave a piece called a “transition tunic,” which incorporates sleeves and both Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving techniques. 

Herring system in peril

A new study is recommending major changes to the way the State of Alaska manages the sac roe herring fishery in Sitka Sound and is predicting dire outcomes for the ancient subsistence herring roe fishery located there, which supports people across the state and Pacific Northwest, if things do not change...(more

In the news:

By Peter Segall, Juneau Empire— As the son of renowned formline artist David A. Boxley, the younger Boxley spent his youth immersed in Tsimshian art and culture. In an interview with the Empire, Boxley said that he knew what he wanted to do from a young age.  (Video)