Sealaska Heritage


New Arts Campus
SHI kicks off campaign

(Website) (Brochure) (Donate) SHI has officially launched its fundraising campaign to build a Native arts campus at Heritage Square, kicking off what will become a preeminent cultural space in downtown Juneau. The Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus is phase two of SHI’s vision to make Juneau the Northwest Coast arts capital of the world and to designate NWC art a national treasure. 



SHI and UAS are offering scholarships to Alaska Native freshmen and sophomores who want to become teachers or education administrators. The classes are distance learning. The scholarships are offered through the PITAAS program (Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska’s Schools). Application deadline: May 15.

Deadline Extended
Sealaska Scholarships

SHI has extended the Sealaska scholarship deadline to April 15 due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The decision was precipitated by a number of shareholders and descendants who have lost their jobs due to the virus and who now want to go to school...(more).

celebration 2020

The SHI Board of Trustees has decided to postpone Celebration 2020 to next year amid concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus and its spread in Alaska in recent days. The biennial dance-and-culture event, originally scheduled June 10-13 in Juneau, is now planned for June 2-5 of 2021. SHI to explore ways to host virtual events.

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native languages
Scholarships thru uas

SHI and UAS are offering full scholarships to UAS for Native scholars who plan to teach their Native language. The scholarships include tuition, room, board and other expenses plus part-time employment that provides additional language opportunities. Application deadline: May 12...(more) (Flyer)

Virtual collections
archives, objects online

SHI has put digital photographs of more than 900 ethnographic objects and detailed listings of 150 of its archival collections online in a new, state-of-the-art platform. The new system, Proficio, is a catalog database with sophisticated searching capabilities used by many institutions, including the National Park Service. 

Baby Raven Reads, Values

Suddenly, we are home with our children, all day every day. How do we shift to a daily life of “social distancing” with infants and young children? Let’s take advantage of this time at home to practice our values. Haa Latseení, Íitl’ Dagwiigáay, Na Gatlleedm: Strength of body, mind and spirit. Take care of yourself.


new podcast

SHI has published a new episode on its podcast, "Roots & Stems." In this episode, SHI’s Katrina Hotch, shares her original song “Yee Tusix̱án," written as a reflection of the love we have for each other and strength through community.  We invite others to perform their own versions and share on social media with the hashtag #yeetusixhan.


From SHI President Rosita Worl: "I want to assure you all that Sealaska Heritage Institute is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and we are taking action based on guidance from public health experts.  We have increased our safety protocols..."

In the news:
Virtual NYO

By Michael S. Lockett, Juneau Empire—This year’s Arctic Winter Games, scheduled to happen this week, were canceled as a COVID-19 prevention measure. “We heard the Arctic Winter Games were canceled during Native Games weekend. We cried when we heard it,” said coach Kyle Worl on Tuesday....(more)

AA degree program at UAS

The University of Alaska Southeast, in partnership with Sealaska Heritage, will offer a new Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Northwest Coast arts this fall. The undergraduate program will be offered at the university’s Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka campuses and through e-learning courses.


By Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine—As the frigid Alaskan waters lapped at his heels, Patrick Druckenmiller repositioned his saw against the algae-dappled rock. Pressed into the shale before the University of Alaska Fairbanks paleontologist were the fossilized remains of a brand-new species of thalattosaur...

Calendar of Events

Check out SHI's calendar of events for 2020! Find dates and venues for summer camps, lectures, art and education opportunites and more.

Save the date
Education conference

SHI will sponsor its third education conference for teachers and administrators in Southeast Alaska in an effort to promote culturally responsive pedagogy in schools. The goal of the conference is to provide educators with a deep understanding of culturally-responsive education and equip them to transform their classrooms...

Celebration 2020
Art Jurors Chosen

A well-known Tlingit and Haida artist and a renowned art historian have been chosen to judge Sealaska Heritage's next Juried Art Show and Competition, which will open prior to Celebration 2020 in June. SHI, through recommendations by its Native Artist Committee, also has named a Tlingit visual artist as juror for its Juried Youth Art Exhibit.

historic meeting

Clan Elders and other tribal members from Angoon, Kake and Wrangell participated in a historic meeting this week with Alaska’s senior military leader to discuss bombardments on the three villages waged by the United States in 1869 and 1882. Lt. Gen. Thomas A. Bussiere met with tribal members at SHI to discuss possible ways to reconcile and to heal.


A new species of thalattosaur, a marine reptile that lived more than 200 million years ago and was recently discovered, has been given a Tlingit name. The new species was named Gunakadeit joseeae on the recommendation of a panel of traditional scholars and the approval of Tlingit Elders from Kake.

Arts Campus

An Anchorage couple has donated $25,000 toward Sealaska Heritage's planned arts campus, which will be a public space for perpetuating and experiencing Alaska Native art. The couple, Rod Worl and Dawn Dinwoodie, made the gift in part because the names of contributors will be engraved at the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus as founding donors.

baby raven reads

SHI's Baby Raven Reads book Raven Makes the Aleutians has won a Picture Book Honor award from the American Indian Library Association. The AILA, an affiliate of the American Library Association, announced winners of its biennial Youth Media Awards today, calling the selected books “the best of the best in children’s and young adult literature.” 


Celebration 2020
Model Recruitment

Sealaska Heritage is seeking models for its Indigenous Fashion Show, which will be held during Celebration 2020, June 10-13. No deadline to apply. The fashion show is one of the major events at Celebration. 


SHI is recruiting elementary school teachers, support staff and administrators to participate in its annual cultural orientation program, which aims to incorporate Native world views into schools and promote cross-cultural understanding...(more)

Research update Metlakatla

Last month, I visited the Metlakatla First Nation in British Columbia to continue a project we developed investigating how a marine-based diet has shaped the composition of the oral microbiome in the Coast Tsimshian community. In 2018, with permission from the community, I extracted ancient DNA from the dental plaque of Ancestors...

Champion for Kids

Traditional games athlete and coach Kyle Worl is one of two Alaskans chosen for the state’s “Champions for Kids” award this year. Worl, along with fellow awardee Kevin Ritchie, have been instrumental in helping children and families in Alaska thrive, according to an announcement released by the Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT).