Sealaska Heritage


Calendar of Events
2019 Programming

SHI is offering a lot of upcoming events and opportunities, including Native art classes, Baby Raven events and summer camps for youth. Browse by date, area of interest or community.


Every Tuesday and Thursday, one dance group from Celebration 2018 will be posted on Sealaska Heritage’s YouTube channel. Subscribe free and receive updates or watch anytime without subscribing. (Schedule)


SHI is offering a free, public lecture this month on the practical and scientific uses of photogrammetry in cultural heritage. The technique has applications in cultural heritage, as it allows for 3D documentation of objects, which can later be studied in-depth by students remotely. 

In the news:
Yupik Dancers

By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—He played the crowd as well as his drum made of walrus stomach. Visiting Yup’ik artist John Waghiyi Jr. drew big laughs, fun sounds and applause Wednesday during a presentation at Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Shúka Hít clan house. “It was empowering,” said John Waghiyi Jr. “I feel incredible."

In the news:
Artists in residence

By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—From the far western reaches of Alaska, Yup’ik artists share their culture with Juneau. Visiting artists sew walrus blanket, will perform dances in Juneau.

In the news:
NYO Coach

Anchorage Daily News—The healing power of community: NYO coach leads the way in reviving healthy cultural traditions in Southeast Alaska. Juneau’s Kyle Worl wants his teenage athletes to think of Native Youth Olympics as more than “just a hobby.” 

Yup'ik Dance

SHI's current artists-in-residence, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi and John Waghiyi, Jr., from Savoonga will show St. Lawrence Island Yupik dances at a free public performance on Wednesday, from noon-1 pm, at Sealaska Heritage. Everyone is welcome! More on the artists.

Robert Davidson on totem

The renowned master artist Robert Davidson sometimes submits pieces for SHI's blog. This month, news of a new documentary on a totem pole raising in Old Massett in 1969 came out. The film, Now is the Time, explores the raising of a pole carved by Davidson and his brother, Reg. Robert wrote this blog to provide some more context.

Job OpportunitIES

SHI is seeking an arts administrative assistant, a human resources and administrative assistant, a medial technical specialist, and a director of culture and history.

Artists in Residence
Meet the Artists

SHI will sponsor two Alaska Native artists-in-residence from Savoonga who specialize in ivory carving and pieces made of walrus stomach and other materials harvested during subsistence activities around St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. The artists will be at SHI from Aug. 23-29. The public is invited to meet them. 

oral microbiomes

SHI is sponsoring a visiting scholar who is studying how consuming traditional foods and participating in subsistence harvesting activities shapes the oral microbiome of Indigenous communities in Southeast Alaska. The scholar is seeking to understand the evolution of the human oral microbiome more broadly.

Latseen Art & Leadership

Read about the Latseen Northwest Coast Art and Leadership Academy 2019 summer camp, a culturally-based education and leadership training for high-schoolers.


SHI and UAS are offering Tlingit language and Northwest Coast art classes this fall. We have scholarships available for the art classes. Scholarship application deadline: Aug. 14. For help enrolling, contact (Apply: Tlingit Language) (Apply: Northwest Coast Art) (Apply: Tlingit Language/Art, Non Credit) (Scholarship Application)


The United States Green Building Council has awarded SHI's Walter Soboleff Building a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating, making it the second structure in Southeast Alaska to win gold status. The award is the second highest level of performance that can be achieved under the program. 


In this post, SHI President Rosita Worl addresses the question "What is the proper response when a clan performs a Spirit Song?"

Job OpportunitIES

SHI and the Juneau School District are seeking Elder Cultural Specialists for the Tlingit Culture Language and Literacy program at Harborview Elementary. This program requires a time commitment of 4 hours a day, 5 days a week for 37 weeks. This role constitutes a pay rate of $35 an hour.  (Application)

traditional games
team juneau wins big

Team Juneau took 14 medals at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO) in Fairbanks this week, one of the largest showings ever captured by the capital city. The awards were given to seven local athletes and included five gold, four silver and four bronze medals for Juneau’s team, which is relatively new to the WEIO.

In the news:
Lecture on Trauma

By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—Trauma suffered by families and communities has a lingering and negative impact, said a pair of guest speakers Tuesday at the Walter Soboleff building. Brenda Thayer and Dan Press spoke about the lasting effects of multi-generational trauma.

baby raven reads
book review

Plenty of new Alaska-themed children’s books are on the shelves, providing fun and educational summer reading fodder for the younger set. Beginning reading books are a great way to introduce children in Alaska and beyond to our state and its many cultures and wonders, and none of the following half-dozen books disappoint. 

In the news:
DNA study

By Zoe Grueskin, KTOO—It’s well known that traumatic experiences can have lifelong impacts on health and well-being. But it’s possible that those effects can last longer than a single lifetime. A new study asks whether the effects of trauma have been passed down genetically in Tlingit families in Hoonah. 

shi 2018 highlights

Watch highlights of some of the activities of Sealaska Heritage Institute in 2018, including our biennial Celebration, SHI's new Baby Raven Reads books, exhibits and more. The booklet is also available online or upon request.

halibut hook class

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a halibut-hook carving class with Tlingit artist Donald Héendeí Gregory in Anchorage from August 8-11. Limited to 15 participants. Fee: $25.  (Flyer)

In the news:
DNA study

By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—Your blood might help researchers better understand how colonization may have changed Alaska Natives’ DNA. A new study taking samples in Juneau this week and later this summer in Hoonah will analyze the DNA of Hoonah residents and Hoonah people living in Juneau...


SHI is collaborating on a genetics study that will focus on how historical trauma associated with European colonization may have changed the DNA of Native people. The study is seeking to combine advances in technology with community-based research to study the biological basis shaping adverse health outcomes resulting from the many changes since European contact.