ceremony dates set
totem pole trail, faces
SHI will hold a dedication ceremony on April 22 for the first 12 totem poles of Kootéeyaa Deiyí (Totem Pole Trail) and the installation of bronze masks at Heritage Plaza by SHI's arts campus honoring the five major Native groups of Alaska. (Flyer)
Atnané Arts Academy
SHI will sponsor its Atnané Northwest Coast Arts Academy, which runs July 9-18 for Southeast Alaska students entering grades 9-12 and graduating seniors. Campers will learn Northwest Coast art forms and participate in cultural activities and college and leadership preparation. Overnight academy with travel costs provided by SHI. (Flyer)
SHI, in partnership with UAS, will sponsor a class on how to make Tlingit style maskettes with teacher Ray Watkins from April 16-May 13. This is an intermediate level course being offered for UAS credit. Previous carving and formline experience is required to apply. (Flyer)
Native teacher scholarships
SHI, in partnership with UAS, operates Indigenizing Education for Alaska, to grow the number of Alaska Native teachers and administrators and improve educational opportunities for Alaska Native students. We are currently offering scholarships that fully fund enrolled UAS College of Education students for summer 2023. (Flyer)
Registration is now open for SHI’s 6th Culturally Responsive Education Conference, scheduled June 13-15. SHI is currently accepting proposals for presentations. Educators, administrators, university faculty, and community members are all welcome and encouraged to attend. (Conference Website)
Beginning copper engraving
SHI, in partnership with UAS, will offer an introduction to Northwest Coast metal and jewelry work class March 27-April 9, with a focus on design transfer, engraving, and basic shaping metals for jewelry. The class will be led by Tsimshian artist Abel Ryan. Previous experience is not necessary. (Flyer)
SHI, with the Organized Village of Saxman, will sponsor a workshop on how to weave with cedar from March 11-21 with teacher Aánutein Debbie Head. No experience necessary. To apply for a scholarship, contact Valena Johnson at email@example.com. Application deadline: March 6. (Flyer)
SHI vs. Sealaska funding
Did you know: SHI receives an annual donation from Sealaska and leverages that to fund operations. For example, at the end of the last 4th Quarter, SHI reported that Sealaska had donated $2,151,646 cash and in-kind services through 2022 and SHI raised $20,533,380 for a total of $22,685,026. Click the link to learn more.
call for proposals
2023 education conference
SHI is accepting proposals from presenters for its sixth Culturally Responsive Education Conference, which is part of a larger effort to promote culturally responsive pedagogy in schools. SHI is soliciting proposals from educators in Alaska and worldwide to present in person or virtually. This year’s theme is Latseen Káx̱ Yéi Atdaané— Gathering for Strength...(more).
Sealaska Heritage, in partnership with Metlakatla Indian Community, will sponsor an in-person, hand skin-sewing workshop in Sitka with teacher Aánutein (Debbie Head) from March 23-26. Space is limited. No blood quantum requirement to apply. Application deadline: March 6. (Flyer)
NATIVE ACTORS, ARTISTS
SHI is launching a new demonstration project to cultivate more Indigenous actors and performing artists to support future productions that incorporate Native culture and language. SHI is currently accepting applications for the first session, which is free and scheduled March 11-12. (Apply) (Flyer)
shi buys building
SHI has purchased a building adjacent to its downtown Walter Soboleff Building to accommodate future school programming in Juneau and online. The structure, known as the Municipal Way Building, encompasses about 14,000 square feet, some of which SHI will eventually convert into spaces for hands-on learning.
VIDEO NOW ONLINE
SHI has digitized and posted on YouTube video of Celebration 1998. By the mid-1990s, Celebration welcomed a growing number of dance groups from Canada, which was a natural evolution of the event, as Native people don’t recognize the border between the two nations.