Stop by this Friday for Gallery Walk. We’ll have featured artists, dance performances, a traditional games demonstration, an art show, and more. Also, explore our new arts campus and meet the Grinch! Everyone is welcome!
baby raven reads
SHI is expanding its award-winning early literacy program, Baby Raven Reads, to Anchorage through a partnership with the Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC). Through the expansion, SHI and ANHC will offer the program for one year to Alaska Native families with children ages 5 and under in Anchorage.
native hall of fame
SHI will sponsor a free lecture on Dec. 6 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 will explore their successes in securing the human rights Native people enjoy today.
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! We also have contractor positions open.
Video now online
SHI has digitized and posted online video of Celebration 1992. 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 30 dance groups, Celebration 1992 was the largest event since it began in 1982.
Walter Soboleff Day
SHI sponsored a panel discussion on the painful closure 60 years ago of a church ministered by the late Tlingit spiritual leader Walter Kaajaakwtí Soboleff and the church’s recent efforts to atone for that decision. The discussion was led by the Norther Light Presbyterian Church’s Native Ministries Committee, which formed to probe for reasons why the church was closed.
SHI, partnership with Chilkoot Indian Association of Haines, will sponsor an in-person, beginning class on how to weave Northwest Coast baskets taught by Aanutein Debbie Head. Anyone with proof of Covid vaccination is eligible to apply. Application deadline: Nov. 18. (Flyer)
Hosts, mentors, students
Are you an adult who works in a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) career field? Are you a student who cares about the natural world, enjoys spending time outside, and loves making things? SHI is seeking STEAM hosts, mentors, students and interns for 2023.
SHI has extended the application deadline and class dates for its class on how to carve Tlingit masks with Tlingit teacher Mick Beasley. New dates are Nov. 12-Dec. 10, and new application deadline is Nov 11. Previous carving and formline design experience is required. (Flyer)
In the Boat & On the Shore
A culminating celebration for the Haa Yoo X’atángi Deiyí: Our Language Pathways program inspires hope and a bright outlook for the future of language revitalization efforts throughout Southeast Alaska.
Any Given Child
SHI to open doors
SHI next week will open its building to all second-grade students in the Juneau School District as part of a national program to provide experiences and learning in the arts to all children. The excursion is part of a national movement to create equitable access to arts education programs and resources for K-8 students.
SHI, in partnership with Petersburg Indian Association, will sponsor an in-person, hand skin-sewing workshop in Petersburg with teacher Louise Kadinger from Nov. 17-20. Space is limited. $100 fee covers a sea otter hide at a $350 value, as well as patterns, supplies, and instruction. Application deadline: Nov. 14. (Flyer)
learn to sew skins
SHI in partnership with the Alaska Native Heritage Center, will sponsor an in-person, hand skin-sewing workshop in Anchorage teachers Louise Kadinger and Bobby Itta from Nov. 10-13. Space is limited. $100 fee covers a sea otter hide at a $350 value, as well as patterns, supplies, and instruction. (Flyer)
fall lecture series
SHI sponsored a lecture by Tom Thornton on working with Indigenous communities to foster meaningful environmental research as part of its fall series. The lecture explored an evolving approach to developing effective science and policy to address complex problems at the intersection of environment and society...(more) (Flyer)
fall lecture series
Wolves and Tlingits
SHI sponsored a lecture on Tlingit cultural and ecological knowledge of wolves as part of its fall series. In his lecture, Gooch: Wolves in Tlingit Culture and Experience, professor Steve Langdon, Ph.D., explored Indigenous people’s engagement with wolves in Lingít Aaní dating back thousands of years ago...(more) (Flyer)
STORAGE TO EXPAND
SHI has received a federal grant to expand its storage capacity for online digital collections by more than 600 percent. The grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will expand SHI’s storage capabilities to manage more than 300 terabytes of materials, including digitized photos, videos and other archival documents.
In the news:
Big Little Cities
Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people long occupied southeast Alaska, including the rain-forested region around Juneau, before a prospector named Joe Juneau gave the town its name following a gold strike in 1880. Now the state capital, Juneau showcases Indigenous culture—noted for its artistry rooted in reverence for nature—everywhere from town signage to public murals.