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 today launched the construction phase of its Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus, putting it one step closer to making Juneau the Northwest Coast arts capital of the world. Today marked a proud moment for SHI, as it was an exciting milestone to pass, said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more)

education conference
Registration Open

SHI has enlisted renowned, nationally-known educators to give keynote addresses at its third education conference for teachers and administrators in Southeast Alaska, which is part of a larger effort to promote culturally responsive pedagogy in schools. For the first time, the three-day event will be held virtually because of the COVID-19 virus. (Register) (Conference Website) (Breakout Sessions)

Degree program debuts

The University of Alaska Southeast, in partnership with Sealaska Heritage, for the first time is offering a new Associate of Arts (AA) degree with an emphasis on Northwest Coast arts. The undergraduate program, recently unveiled in the UAS academic catalog for 2020-2021, includes a wide spectrum of classes.

Job OpportunitIES

SHI is seeking a senior education administrative assistant, who will serve as a liaison to internal and external constituencies for the director of education. Strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain multiple priorities are important skills necessary for this position. 

NWC Art books

A Seattle resident has donated a collection of books on Northwest Coast (NWC) art to the Sealaska Heritage library. Lesley Jacobs, who studied NWC art under the formline design scholar Bill Holm, gave more than 20 books to SHI for the benefit of art students.


New Acquisition
Huge research library

SHI has acquired a vast and important collection of books and research materials on the Northwest Coast, Sub-Arctic and Arctic culture areas. The collection, which was largely donated to SHI by Dr. Herbert Maschner, a retired anthropologist and academic administrator, consists of more than 1,600 volumes, including very rare books and reports and many first editions.

2019 Highlights
Booklet & Video

The year 2019 was a fast-paced one for Sealaska Heritage as we launched our campaign for the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus, opened two new public exhibits and published three more Baby Raven Reads books, among other things. Read the booklet or watch the video

chilkat mask

A well-known Tlingit weaver donated a remarkable Chilkat mask to Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) this week at a ceremony in SHI’s clan house. Juneau artist Lily Hope wove the mask as a nod to the Cornoavirus pandemic using an ancient art practice in a new way. The piece, Chilkat Protector Mask, is a work of fine art that will go into the institute’s permanent collection...(Video)

Seward statue

In this edition of Q&A, SHI President Rosita Worl responds to the question: "What is your position on the petition to remove the Seward statue in Juneau?"

Judson Brown Winners

SHI has chosen two Native graduate students for its 2020 Judson L. Brown Leadership Award. The awards went to Mike Hoyt of Wrangell, who is pursuing his Masters in Education at the University of Southeast Alaska, and Katelynn Drake of Hoonah, who is pursuing her Masters in English at Emerson College.

Celebration 2020
Watch virtual Celebration

Thank you to everyone who watched Virtual Celebration 2020. What a journey it has been to get us here. We could not have done it without the hundreds of people who contributed to our broadcast. We hope to see everyone in-person in 2021! If you missed any of our programming, you can watch the entire event on our YouTube channel.

Celebration 2020

Check out our Virtual Celebration 2020 website to see our new online exhibit for the Juried Art Show and Competition, photo galleries for the Indigenous Fashion Show and Toddler Regalia Review and a list of people participating in our virtual Native Artist Market! *Note: Some content will be unveiled after the events have aired on our broadcast. (Watch) (Schedule)

Celebration 2020
Public service award

Retiring Juneau Assemblyman and Haida tribal member Rob Edwardson was honored with a 2020 “Award for Public Service” by Sealaska Heritage's Board of Trustees on Saturday during the SHI’s virtual Celebration 2020 broadcast. Edwardson was honored for more than 30 years of public service to his community.

Celebration 2020
Teacher of distinction

Longtime Hoonah teacher Daphne Wright was honored with a 2020 “Teacher of Distinction” award by Sealaska Heritage Institute’s (SHI) Board of Trustees on Friday during SHI’s virtual Celebration 2020 broadcast. Wright has taught through Hoonah City Schools for more than 35 years and has been a force for integrating Native language, protocols, traditions and history into classes.

Celebration 2020
Person of Distinction

Longtime Tlingit photojournalist Brian Wallace was honored with a 2020 “Person of Distinction” award by Sealaska Heritage's Board of Trustees on Thursday during the SHI’s virtual Celebration 2000 broadcast. In a video played during the program, 

Celebration 2020
Art Winners announced

Eighteen artists have taken top prizes and honorable mentions at Sealaska Heritage Institute’s 10th biennial Juried Art Show and Competition. Check out our new online exhibit of all pieces and top winners....(more)


Summer academies, camps
virtual programming

SHI will over a host of academies and camps this summer on virtual platforms, including Opening the Box STEAM Academy, Latseen Northwest Coast Arts and Leadership Academy, Voices on the Land Performing Arts Camp, Voices on the Land Digital Storytelling, and Gumboot Camp. (How to Register) (Register) (Flyer)


Three major Southeast Alaska Native groups are pushing alternatives to a proposal to merge the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) into another UA university to alleviate the institution’s financial pressures. Leaders are asking to instead establish UAS as the administrative home for rural community campuses and to transfer UAS to a tribal college in the region.

teacher honored

SHI and educators with Juneau’s Tlingit, Culture, Language and Literacy (TCLL) program honored retiring Tlingit teacher Shgendootan George today for 22 years of outstanding service to Native students. “We have been honored and privileged to have an educator of Shgen’s caliber teaching our Native students through the TCLL program for so many years"...

New Acquisition
“A tú”

SHI has acquired a piece of art made by the thought-provoking Tlingit/Unangax artist Nicholas Galanin of Sitka. The piece is a weathered bentwood box titled “A tú” that features a carved wooden safe handle and carved wooden combination dial bearing the number one and fractions counting down to zero instead of numbers counting up by 10. 

Call for presenters
Education conference

SHI is accepting proposals from presenters for its third education conference for teachers and administrators in Southeast Alaska, which is part of a larger effort to promote culturally responsive pedagogy in schools. For the first time, the three-day event will be held virtually because of the COVID-19 virus. (Conference Website)

Old photographs

A longtime Tlingit photojournalist has donated a large collection of historical photographs to SHI that documents Tlingit ceremonies, activities of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood and Russian Orthodox services. The collection includes more than 430 images that span from the 1940s to the early 2000s.


SHI has filed a federal lawsuit against Neiman Marcus, alleging the national luxury retailer falsely affiliated garments sold by them with Native artisans through its use of the term “Ravenstail” (Yéil Koowú)—one of the great weaving traditions of the northern Northwest Coast Native tribes—and unlawfully infringed the copyright of a famous Northwest Coast artist.