Sealaska Heritage


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)

Summer Programming

Registration is now open for SHI's popular Opening the Box STEAM Academies and our Atnané Arts Academy, as well as for a new camp counselor internship program offered through Indigenizing Education for Alaska's Future Educators. (Flyer)

overnight academy

SHI will sponsor a summer STEAM academy for middle schoolers from July 20-30 in Juneau. SHI will cover all travel for students living outside of Juneau. Application period opens March 6. STEAM= science, technology, engineering, art and math. (Flyer)

overnight academy

SHI will sponsor a summer STEAM academy for high schoolers from June 2-11 in Juneau. SHI will cover all travel for students living outside of Juneau. Application period opens March 6. STEAM= science, technology, engineering, art and math. (Flyer)


overnight academy
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)


Tlingit maskettes

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)

Beginning formline

SHI, in partnership with the Chilkoot Indian Association, will sponsor a beginning formline design workshop in Haines from April 16-30 with teacher James Hart. No experience necessary. Scholarships available through Chilkoot Indian Association. (Flyer)

Job Openings
Summer Camps

SHI is seeking contractors to assist with its 2023 summer programming in Juneau. Positions include a camp director, camp counselors, and instructors for its art and STEAM academies. See how to apply. (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


SHI will offer a beginner/intermediate engraving class in Juneau from April 18-25 with teacher Steve Brown. Space is limited. Previous carving and formline design experience is encouraged, but not necessary to apply. (Flyer)

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)


Paid internship

Are you interested in becoming an educator? Want to learn more about working with youth? Apply for our paid summer internship! Application deadline: March 31. (Flyer)

Juneau Class
Hand skin-sewing

SHI will sponsor an in-person, hand skin-sewing class in Juneauwith teacher Jeremiah James from April 13-16. Space is limited. $100 fee covers a sea otter hide at a $350 value, as well as patterns, supplies, and instruction. (Flyer)

tool making

SHI will offer a tool making class with Steve Brown April 10–16 at Atnané Hít (Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus) in Juneau. Participants will learn to make carving tools such as knives and adzes. No prior experience is needed. (Flyer)

Saxman workshop
Cedar basketry

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 Application deadline: March 6. (Flyer)


Value added
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).

metlakatla workshop
skin sewing

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)


spring camp
Performing arts workshop

SHI will sponsor a free 5-day performing arts workshop for students in grades 4-8 in Juneau led by Frank Henry Kaash Katasse. The camp is scheduled March 20-24. Lunch and transportation included. Location to be announced. (Flyer)


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
program expansion

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.

chasing and repousse

SHI will sponsor a class on elements of chasing and repousse in Juneau from Mar. 6-24 with teacher Rudolph Isturis. No experience is necessary to successfully complete this workshop. Application deadline: Feb. 28. (Flyer)

Celebration 1998

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.