Sealaska Heritage


Join us: live concert
Arts campus plaza

Marc Brown & The Blues Crew band will play live today (Saturday) at 5 pm at Heritage Square. If you’re not in Juneau, watch live! The free event will mark the inaugural performance at the campus, which is across from Sealaska Heritage downtown. Bring your own chair!

raven writes
writing seminar

SHI and the Juneau School District are offering a summer writing seminar for elementary teachers in Juneau to offer professional development in best practices for writing instruction, culturally responsive teaching strategies, and culturally relevant writing curriculum. A $3,000 stipend will be paid to teachers who complete the seminar (Flyer)


SHI has digitized and posted online video of Celebration 1990. Celebration is a dance-and-culture festival first held in 1982 that has grown into the world’s largest gathering of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people. (Watch)


SHI's Board of Trustees has named Dakhká Khwáan Dancers (People of the Inland) as the lead dance group for Celebration 2024. The Tlingit group, based in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, will lead all dancers for the first time since the group initially performed at Celebration in 2008.

Latseen Arts Academy

SHI will sponsor its Latseen Northwest Coast Arts Academy for Southeast Alaska Native students entering grades 9-12 and graduating seniors. The academy will be held at the new Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus in Juneau. SHI will cover travel, lodging and meals. (Flyer)


Celebration 2022
Food contest winners

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has announced the winners of its popular traditional food contests, held as part of Celebration 2022. The winners are as follows...(more)

Celebration 2022
Art awards announced

Thirteen artists have taken top prizes and one honorable mention at SHI's eleventh biennial Juried Art Show and Competition, and three young artists also placed in SHI’s fourth biennial Juried Youth Juried Art Exhibit.

grand opening
Arts Campus

SHI will hold a grand opening for the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus in June during its biennial dance-and-culture festival, Celebration. The opening will include the unveiling of the new Sealaska Cultural Values Totem Pole, a rare and massive piece carved on all sides and the first one of its kind in Alaska. The public is invited!

Celebration 2022
Art exhibits

SHI will open its eleventh, biennial Juried Art Show and Competition next week during Celebration 2022 and give awards in five divisions. The institute also will give awards to participants of its Juried Youth Art Exhibit during the ceremony.

education conference
call for presenters

SHI is accepting proposals from presenters for its fifth Culturally Responsive Education Conference, which is part of a larger effort to promote culturally responsive pedagogy in schools. SHI is soliciting proposals from educators to present in person at 90-minute breakout sessions.

steam academy (hs)

SHI will sponsor an in-person, fun summer academy for high school students with instruction on science, technology, engineering, arts and math, an approach known as STEAM. Open to Southeast Alaska students entering grades 9-12. SHI will cover travel, lodging and meals.  (Flyer)

counselors in training
voices on the land

Are you interested in digital storytelling, animation, performance, and Native arts and culture? Apply for a counselor-in-training position with our Voices on the Land Summer Intensive. Apply: Contact (Flyer)


new book published!
Baby Raven Reads

SHI has released a children’s book about the institute’s biennial dance-and-culture festival, Celebration, as seen from a young girl’s point of view. The book, Celebration, is part of the SHI’s Baby Raven Reads, a program for Alaska Native families with children up to age 5 that promotes language development and school readiness. (Get the Book)

digitized recordings
southeast native radio

SHI has digitized and posted online a treasure trove of radio recordings that includes interviews with Native people across Southeast Alaska that date back nearly four decades. The collection includes hundreds of recordings made for an award-winning public radio program that aired from 1985 to 2001. 

juneau class
basketry materials

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor an in-person class in Juneau on how to harvest and prepare materials to weave baskets. Taught by Aanutein Debbie Head. Co-sponsored by the University of Alaska Southeast. Application deadline: May 6. (Flyer)

steam academy (MS)

SHI will sponsor an in-person, fun summer academy for middle school students with instruction on science, technology, engineering, arts and math, an approach known as STEAM. Open to Southeast Alaska students entering grades 6-8. SHI will cover travel, lodging, and meals. (Flyer

juneau class
copper tináas

SHI will sponsor two workshops in Juneau in May with Tlingit artist Donald Gregory on how to make copper tináas, an ancient symbol of wealth. Students will learn how to make one tináa pendant and a pair of matching tináa earrings. Space is limited.  (Flyer)

voices on the land

SHI will sponsor two storytelling intensives through its Voices on the Land — one virtual and one in-person for students entering grades 5-8. Students will learn about the elements of a story, tools of the actor, and performing collaboratively, as well as the basics of film production, interviewing, and animation! (Flyer)


summer camps
applications open

Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor seven summer academies for students across the region who range in age from kindergarten to grade 12. The application period is now open.

Celebration 2022
Wrangell Coming In Song

Stikine area Tlingits, including Shx’at Ḵwáan (People Near the Mainland) and Kasitlan Dancers, will be the lead dancers for Celebration 2022. Learn the Wrangell Coming In Song, which everyone will sing during Grand Entrance and Grand Exit.

shi seeking illustrators

SHI is seeking proposals from artists to create illustrations for Alaska Native children’s books with a focus on heritage languages. The illustrations as envisioned by the artist should be created in color and reflect cultural themes and/or depictions of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people. Application deadline: May 16, 2022. 

identity, blood quantum

SHI sponsored a lecture in April on the varying methods Native people and governments define who is Indigenous and the ways those policies are increasingly affecting young people. In the talk, SHI President Rosita Worl examined the categories by which Native people are identified, including biological, cultural and legal...(more).

celebration 2022
Applications & Info

Sealaska Heritage will hold an in-person Celebration in Juneau from June 8-11 in 2022. The trustees also chose the theme Celebration 2022: Celebrating 10,000 Years of Cultural Survival. Celebration 2022 will mark the 40th anniversary of the event, first held in 1982...(more).

Job OpportunitIES

Sealaska Heritage Institute is going through a significant expansion, so we have a lot of new openings. If you have ever thought about working at SHI, now is the time to apply!