Sealaska Heritage


Lecture Series

SHI sponsors lectures by students and scholars researching Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian languages, cultures and history. Lectures are generally held in Juneau in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month, SHI's Visiting Scholars Program and  Celebration. The lectures at the Walter Soboleff Building are free and offered as a public service. For noon lectures, guests are invited to bring a bagged lunch. Videos of past lectures can be viewed here.

Upcoming: November Lecture Series

  • Kaalaxch’s Endeavors: A Preeminent Jilkáat Tlingit Leader and the Coming of the Americans
    By Dr. Steve Langdon, professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Department of Anthropology
    Nov. 8, 2017
    Living History Room, Walter Soboleff Building, Juneau
    Free, open to the public

    In his talk, Langdon will discuss the career of Kaalaxch, who lived in Klukwan at the time of the assertion of jurisdiction by the United States government in 1867. Kaalaxch endeavored to sustain Tlingit sovereignty and culture without endangering Tlingit lives in violent encounters with the colonizing federal interlopers who sought to intimidate and subject the Tlingit people to military authority.