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Institute accepting applications through May 14

April 14, 2015

Applications are now available for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s annual math academy, which teaches math skills through Native art and cultural knowledge.

The program, Opening the Gate, will include culture-based classes where math is taught in a hands-on way through Native art practices, such as basketry, weaving and formline design. This year staff will again be offering Math in a Basket, a program developed by the nonprofit Dramatic Results.

Through the program, students also learn math through other cultural activities, including design, construction and voyaging of canoes; design and construction of house screens; and subsistence lifeway and food technology.

This year’s academy will serve up to 40 middle students attending schools in Hydaburg, Angoon, Klukwan, Hoonah and Juneau. The academy will be held June 19-29 at the University of Alaska Southeast. Travel scholarships are available.

The application is available at and must be postmarked by April 30. Students may also get an application through their school math teacher or the Indian Studies staff at their school.

Sealaska Heritage Institute was founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.

CONTACT: Rosita Worl, SHI president, 907.463.4844