ceremony dates set
totem pole trail, faces
SHI will hold a ceremony in April to celebrate the raising of ten totem poles along the Juneau waterfront and the installation of bronze masks on the SHI arts campus honoring the five major Native groups of Alaska. The projects, Kootéeyaa Deiyí (Totem Pole Trail) and Faces of Alaska, have been years in the making.
Dancing of the robes
SHI will sponsor a live stream next week of the First Dance featuring children’s’ Chilkat robes made by the apprentices of weaver Lily Lalanya Hope at noon Alaska time, Wednesday, Feb. 1. The project is part of an effort to increase the number of people who can make full-size Chilkat robes...(more about the project).
SHI will sponsor a workshop on how to carve bowls from Feb. 11-March 11 in Juneau at the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus. Teacher: Tlingit artist Mick Beasley. This course is a beginning level and offered for UAS credit. Previous carving and formline experience is encouraged. All tools and supplies will be provided by SHI. (Flyer)
intensive, first dance
SHI will sponsor a Chilkat weaving intensive and a dancing-of-the-robes ceremony as the culmination of a two-year project envisioned and led by the award-winning Chilkat weaver Lily Hope. The project is part of an effort to increase the number of people who can complete Chilkat robes.
Video now online
SHI has digitized and posted online video of Celebration 1996. Celebration is a dance-and-culture festival first held by SHI in 1982 that has grown into the world’s largest gathering of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people. With 46 dance groups, Celebration 1996 was the largest event since it began in 1982.
Tales from the trail
At SHI we take our mission to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures very seriously. When we hear from people who have been affected by what we do, it makes our day. This letter from Dave Ketah made our year. Thank you, Dave, for writing to us. On days like this, we feel we are doing our ancestors proud, because of you. Happy holidays everyone!
SHI has released a feature-length film on the history and origin of Celebration since its inception in 1982. The film, 40 Years of Celebration — A Biennial Festival of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Cultures, begins with the first Celebration, when Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people came together for the first time to celebrate that their cultures had survived...(more).
SHI will fund University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) students interested in taking courses in X̱aad Kíl, Sm'algyax and Lingít through a new initiative, Our Ancestor’s Echoes. Through the program SHI will also fund language teachers at UAS to provide free, non-credited language classes. Funding available through spring 2025. (Apply)
native hall of fame
SHI sponsored a lecture on Tuesday, Dec. 20, on the activism of Native leaders during the United States occupation of the ancient homeland of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian of Southeast Alaska. In the talk, longtime Tlingit leader Ed Thomas explored their successes in securing the human rights Native people enjoy today...(more).
historic and cultural site
groups seek stop to logging
SHI, Sealaska Corporation and the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe are calling on Yakutat’s Native village corporation to stop logging an area that is a known and important cultural and historic site, until an assessment can be conducted and mitigation plans put in place. The area is the ancient homeland of the Kwaashk’iḵwáan clan.
Application period open
The enrollment period for Sealaska scholarship applications is open for the 2023-2024 school year. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023. However, Sealaska Heritage Institute (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...(more).
Art, Museum studies
SHI is recruiting undergraduate and graduate students for paid museum and art internships in partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in New Mexico. (Apply Museum) (Apply Art) (Flyer Museum) (Flyer Art)
SHI, in partnership with Petersburg Indian Association, will sponsor an in-person, hand skin-sewing workshop in Petersburg with teacher Louise Kadinger from Feb. 2-5. Space is limited. $100 fee covers a sea otter hide at a $350 value, as well as patterns, supplies, and instruction. Scholarships available through Petersburg Indian Association! (Flyer)
ancient fish weir
SHI sponsored a lecture on Dec. 13 to delve more deeply into the discovery of an ancient, submerged stone weir, which was found near Prince of Wales Island this year through a partnership between a team of scientists and SHI. Archaeologist Dr. Kelly Monteleone expounded upon the oldest stone weir ever found in the world...(more)
Video now online
has digitized and posted online video of Celebration 1994. Celebration is a dance-and-culture festival first held by SHI in 1982 that has grown into the world’s largest gathering of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people. With more than 35 dance groups, Celebration 1994 was the largest event since it began in 1982.