Sealaska Heritage


fall lecture series
The Lost Alaskans

SHI will sponsor a lecture on Thursday on the so-called “lost Alaskans” who were sent to an out-of-state asylum for the mentally ill, often never to return. In their talk, retired Alaska judge Niesje Steinkruger and amateur Oregon historian Eric Cordingley will discuss how, for 50 years, the state of Alaska sent “mentally ill” people to a private asylum called Morningside Hospital. (Flyer)

fall lecture series
Indigenous Trauma

SHI will sponsor a lecture by a molecular anthropologist on the historical traumas felt by Indigenous peoples, as part of its fall lecture series. In his lecture, Epigenetics and Historical Trauma in Alaska Native Peoples, Ripan Malhi, Ph.D., will discuss how historical traumas experienced by Indigenous peoples of North America is correlated with health disparities. (Flyer)

fall lecture series
Tlingit singing from 1791

SHI will sponsor a lecture by three scholars on their analysis of Tlingit songs that were documented by the Spaniards at Yakutat in the late 18th century, followed by a recreation of the songs made by a Tlingit musicologist as part of its fall lecture series. The panel will play a synthesis of the music for lecture attendees to hear...(more) (Flyer)

fall lecture series
honor totem pole

SHI will sponsor a lecture by a Tlingit leader on the recent raising of the Sukteeneidí totem pole in Craig, as part of its fall lecture series. In his lecture, Ed Thomas, president emeritus of the Tlingit Haida Central Council, will contextualize the practice by which clans became organized into a system, adopted the names of natural resources...(more). (Flyer)

fall lecture series
status of Lingít

SHI will sponsor a lecture on Thursday on the status of Lingít by a Tlingit language professor as part of its fall series covering a wide variety of topics. In his lecture Hél Dutóow: The Health and Future of the Lingít Language, X’unei Lance Twitchell, Ph.D. will describe his work over the past decade...(more) (Flyer)

Fall lecture series
Ernestine Hayes

SHI will sponsor a lecture on Thursday, Sept. 8, as part of its new fall series on a wide variety of topics beginning with award-winning author and professor Ernestine Hayes. In her talk, Hayes will examine what it means to be Indigenous in 21st century Alaska and share the question that guides her story forward...(more) (All Lectures)

fall lecture series
constitutional convention

SHI will sponsor a lecture by former Juneau Mayor and Alaska Attorney General Bruce Botelho on Tuesday on a Constitutional Convention, which is a gathering of delegates to propose amendments and changes to the state constitution. (Flyer)

Tool modification, plaques

Tool modification and plaque carving SHI will sponsor a workshop with Tlingit artist Rick Beasley on tool modification and plaque carving in October at the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus, Metal Room. (Flyer)

ancient fish weir found
may be oldest in world

A team of scientists exploring an underwater region of southern Southeast Alaska has discovered what might be the oldest stone fish weir ever found in the world. The existence of the fish trap, which is thought to date to at least 11,100 years ago, was confirmed earlier this year by a group of university academics and Sunfish Inc. (Watch Video of Weir)

online art course
business basics

Are you an artist looking to start or expand your business? Join us for Business Basics for Artists, a virtual workshop designed specifically for Alaska Native artists and Sealaska shareholders. (Flyer)

Fall lecture series
Fred Fulmer on clan crests

SHI sponsored a lecture on Tuesday on the story behind a clan’s use of a crest as part of its new fall series on a wide variety of topics. In his talk, How the Chookaneidí Clan Earned the Rights to Use the Devilfish/Octopus as a Crest, Saat-Kaa Fred Fulmer shared images and words about his newest creation, which is made from old-growth red cedar. 

coach training
Native Youth Olympics

Do you have an interest in supporting Native Youth Olympics (NYO) in your school or community? Become a NYO coach and start a team in your community! No experience is necessary to sign up for the free online coach training.  (Flyer)

San Francisco Workshop
Moccasin Class

will sponsor a class on how to make moccasins with Tlingit teacher Carmaleeda Estrada in San Francisco in October. The $75 fee covers all supplies needed to make one pair of elk hide moccasins per participant. No experience necessary. (Flyer)

fall series

SHI will sponsor a free fall lecture series on topics ranging from clan crests, lost Alaskans, historical trauma in Alaska Native peoples and whether there should be a constitutional convention. All lectures will be at the Walter Soboleff Building in Juneau and live streamed on SHI’s YouTube channel at noon Alaska time. (Flyer)

Mentor a STEAM student

Do you work in a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) career field? Mentor an Alaska Native or Native American high school student exploring their future career options in STEAM! (Flyer)


Do you care about the natural world? Enjoy spending time outside? Love making things? Earn high school credit and explore your career options in the Opening the Box STEAM Mentorship Program. (Flyer)

enroll: Language classes
Online options available

If you have ever wanted to learn a Native language, now is the time. Check out the zero credit, zero dollar options at the University of Alaska Southeast. All of the courses have an online option. For assistance in enrolling, contact the admissions office at

in the news:
Indian Point Saga

KTOO, by Rhonda McBride—Shamans. Sacred burial grounds. A stand-off between two tribal chiefs. These are among the stories about land in Juneau’s backyard, told in a new book published by the Sealaska Heritage Institute as part of its Box of Knowledge series.

Juneau workshop
Copper Engraving

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor an in-person workshop on how to engrave copper with Tsimshian artist Abel Ryan. The workshop is scheduled Sept. 6-13 at the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus in Juneau. Space is limited. Application deadline: Sept. 1. (Flyer)

Ancient trade routes

SHI will sponsor a free lecture on Aug. 17 on old travel routes between northern Southeast Alaska and Canada. Through the lecture, Tim Ackerman of the L’uknax.ádi clan will give an overview of trails in Chilkat/Chilkoot country that lead into the Yukon and served as important trade routes for the Tlingit people...(more).

Teacher of Distinction

A Ketchikan teacher was honored with the 2022 “Teacher of Distinction” award by SHI on Aug. 12 during SHI’s Culturally Responsive Education Conference. Teresa Dl’a Gwa T’awaa Varnell, a teacher and cultural coordinator for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District, is also the lead facilitator and teacher of SHI’s Through the Cultural Lens program.

new book
Indian Point Battle

SHI has published a book documenting the historic and decades-long battle to protect Juneau’s Indian Point, considered to be a sacred site to Native people. The book, National Recognition of the Traditional Cultural Significance of X'unáx̱i (Indian Point), traces the saga that began in 1959 with a proposal to develop the site and culminated in 2016. (Get the Book)

seattle workshop

SHI will sponsor an in-person workshop in Seattle in the SEATAC/Southcenter area on how to make moccasins from Aug. 27-30 with Tlingit artist Carmaleeda Estrada. A $75 fee includes all supplies to make one pair of moccasins. Space is limited. (Flyer)



Are you an artist looking to start or expand your business? Join us for Business Basics for Artists, a virtual workshop designed specifically for Alaska Native artists and Sealaska shareholders. (Flyer)