SHI will hold a grand opening for the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus in June during its biennial dance-and-culture festival, Celebration. The opening will include the unveiling of the new Sealaska Cultural Values Totem Pole, a rare and massive piece carved on all sides and the first one of its kind in Alaska. The public is invited!
new book published!
Baby Raven Reads
SHI has released a children’s book about the institute’s biennial dance-and-culture festival, Celebration, as seen from a young girl’s point of view. The book, Celebration, is part of the SHI’s Baby Raven Reads, a program for Alaska Native families with children up to age 5 that promotes language development and school readiness. (Get the Book)
southeast native radio
SHI has digitized and posted online a treasure trove of radio recordings that includes interviews with Native people across Southeast Alaska that date back nearly four decades. The collection includes hundreds of recordings made for an award-winning public radio program that aired from 1985 to 2001.
steam academy (MS)
SHI will sponsor an in-person, fun summer academy for middle school students with instruction on science, technology, engineering, arts and math, an approach known as STEAM. Open to Southeast Alaska students entering grades 6-8. SHI will cover travel, lodging, and meals. (Flyer)
steam academy (hs)
SHI will sponsor an in-person, fun summer academy for high school students with instruction on science, technology, engineering, arts and math, an approach known as STEAM. Open to Southeast Alaska students entering grades 9-12. SHI will cover travel, lodging and meals. (Flyer)
call for presenters
SHI is accepting proposals from presenters for its fifth Culturally Responsive Education Conference, which is part of a larger effort to promote culturally responsive pedagogy in schools. SHI is soliciting proposals from educators to present in person at 90-minute breakout sessions.
voices on the land
SHI will sponsor two storytelling intensives through its Voices on the Land — one virtual and one in-person for students entering grades 5-8. Students will learn about the elements of a story, tools of the actor, and performing collaboratively, as well as the basics of film production, interviewing, and animation! (Flyer)
shi seeking illustrators
SHI is seeking proposals from artists to create illustrations for Alaska Native children’s books with a focus on heritage languages. The illustrations as envisioned by the artist should be created in color and reflect cultural themes and/or depictions of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people. Application deadline: May 16, 2022.
identity, blood quantum
SHI sponsored a lecture in April on the varying methods Native people and governments define who is Indigenous and the ways those policies are increasingly affecting young people. In the talk, SHI President Rosita Worl examined the categories by which Native people are identified, including biological, cultural and legal...(more).
Applications & Info
Sealaska Heritage will hold an in-person Celebration in Juneau from June 8-11 in 2022. The trustees also chose the theme Celebration 2022: Celebrating 10,000 Years of Cultural Survival. Celebration 2022 will mark the 40th anniversary of the event, first held in 1982...(more).
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!
STUDY ON CAVES
SHI TO TAP ROBOT
SHI is partnering with a team of researchers and a firm that specializes in artificial intelligence to explore ancient, submerged caves in southern Southeast Alaska and to seek evidence of early human occupation. SHI will team with a group of university academics and Sunfish Inc. on the project, which will span two years.
The application period is open for SHI’s STEAM summer internship. Open to high school seniors who are Alaska Native or Native American, who will be graduating with the class of 2022, and who are living in Southeast Alaska. Full-time, paid. Application deadline: May 1. (Flyer)
Youth Art Exhibit
SHI is accepting applications for its biennial Juried Youth Art Exhibit, which will be unveiled at Celebration 2022, scheduled June 8-11. We are planning for an in-person event, and 2022 will mark the 40th anniversary of Celebration! Application deadline: March 16.
SHI will sponsor a Northwest Coast basketry class with Holly Churchill from Feb. 18-March 5 at the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus in Juneau. This course is also offered for UAS credit at an additional $90. Previous experience is not necessary to apply. Application deadline: Feb. 15. (Flyer)
summer youth programs
SHI will offer a host of academies and camps this summer, including, Latseen Northwest Coast Arts Academy, Raven Writes, Opening the Box: STEAM Academies, and Voices on the Land Storytelling Intensive. Applications and more info coming soon.