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.
virtual celebration 2020
SHI will hold a virtual Celebration during the time Celebration 2020 would have occurred if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. SHI is planning live watch parties of previous performances and new videos of associated events from June 10-13 in lieu of an in-person Celebration, which was postponed to June 2-5, 2021.
LEADERS PUSH BACK
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.
Summer academies, camps
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. (Flyer)
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"...
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.
SHI will offer a summer academy to Native middle school students in Southeast Alaska with instruction on science, technology, engineering, arts and math, an approach known as STEAM. The program, Opening the Box: A virtual STEAM academy, will be delivered virtually from June 21-30 to students, whether or not they have a computer. (Register)
Call for presenters
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)
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.
NEIMAN MARCUS COAT
SHI FILES LAWSUIT
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.
Sealaska Heritage is seeking a STEAM education project assistant, who will provide support to the project director and the project coordinator including coordination. The selected candidate will have experience entering and maintaining data in Excel formats; other experience managing data, such as travel documents.
Scholarships thru uas
SHI and UAS are offering full scholarships to UAS for Native scholars who plan to teach their Native language. The scholarships include tuition, room, board and other expenses plus part-time employment that provides additional language opportunities. Application deadline: May 19...(more) (Flyer)
NORTHWEST COAST ART
Virtual Art Class
SHI, in partnership with Petersburg Indian Association, will offer its first virtual art class this month through a pilot project that is expected to become the new normal for delivery of educational programming. The class on formline design will be taught by the award-winning Tlingit artist Robert Mills on Zoom, a video platform that allows participants see and interact as a group live.
2020 Traditional Games
Read about this year's Traditional Games, which brought athletes from 14 communities from across Alaska, Arizona, and Canada together to compete in 11 different events based off Indigenous hunting and survival skills in the circumpolar north.
SHI and UAS are offering tuition waivers to Alaska Native freshmen and sophomores who want to become teachers or education administrators. The classes are distance learning. The waivers are offered through the PITAAS program (Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska’s Schools). Application deadline: May 15.
archives, objects online
SHI has put digital photographs of more than 900 ethnographic objects and detailed listings of 150 of its archival collections online in a new, state-of-the-art platform. The new system, Proficio, is a catalog database with sophisticated searching capabilities used by many institutions, including the National Park Service.
Baby Raven Reads, Values
Suddenly, we are home with our children, all day every day. How do we shift to a daily life of “social distancing” with infants and young children? Let’s take advantage of this time at home to practice our values. Haa Latseení, Íitl’ Dagwiigáay, Na Gatlleedm: Strength of body, mind and spirit. Take care of yourself.
SHI has published a new episode on its podcast, "Roots & Stems." In this episode, SHI’s Katrina Hotch, shares her original song “Yee Tusix̱án," written as a reflection of the love we have for each other and strength through community. We invite others to perform their own versions and share on social media with the hashtag #yeetusixhan.
From SHI President Rosita Worl: "I want to assure you all that Sealaska Heritage Institute is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and we are taking action based on guidance from public health experts. We have increased our safety protocols..."
In the news:
By Michael S. Lockett, Juneau Empire—This year’s Arctic Winter Games, scheduled to happen this week, were canceled as a COVID-19 prevention measure. “We heard the Arctic Winter Games were canceled during Native Games weekend. We cried when we heard it,” said coach Kyle Worl on Tuesday....(more)
NORTHWEST COAST ART
AA degree program at UAS
The University of Alaska Southeast, in partnership with Sealaska Heritage, will offer a new Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Northwest Coast arts this fall. The undergraduate program will be offered at the university’s Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka campuses and through e-learning courses.
SPECIES GETS TLINGIT NAME
By Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine—As the frigid Alaskan waters lapped at his heels, Patrick Druckenmiller repositioned his saw against the algae-dappled rock. Pressed into the shale before the University of Alaska Fairbanks paleontologist were the fossilized remains of a brand-new species of thalattosaur...