Calendar of Events
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.
Sealaska Heritage is offering seven major summer programs in 2019 for youth, including a math and culture academy, a performing arts camp, our arts and leadership academy, Baby Raven Reads events and our Latseen hoop and running camps.
Native Identity research
Sealaska Heritage Visiting Scholar Jessie Barker talks about the research she led at Celebration 2018 on Native identity in this guest post: I arrived in Juneau the day before Celebration, the zipper on my suitcase almost broken from trying to close around a bagful of clipboards...
Robert Davidson on art
The renowned master artist Robert Davidson has agreed to allow Sealaska Heritage to post occasional teachings online. In this latest blog, he talks about what it takes to achieve the greatness of the old masters of Northwest Coast art.
artist nathan jackson
SHI will unveil a new exhibit this week featuring the work of Tlingit master artist Nathan Jackson, one of the most renowned and internationally recognized Tlingit artists of his generation. Yéil Yádi—Raven Child: A Nathan Jackson Retrospective will show Jackson’s work from his earliest productions to his most recent.
NWC art, leadership
SHI will sponsor a Latseen Northwest Coast Art & Leadership Academy in Juneau for Alaska Native high school students. Travel scholarships are available to students outside Juneau. The training is designed to provide engaging culturally-based education and art activities for youth in support of their future academic success. (Flyer)
LATSEEN HOOP CAMP
SHI will sponsor its annual Latseen Hoop Camp in Juneau in August and feature Bob Saviers, a current coach for Juneau's Hoop Time Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). This is a free, innovative program that provides a fun and safe environment for youth to be physically active, develop basketball fundamentals and learn the Tlingit language....(more)
In the news:
Nathan Jackson Exhibit
By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—There’s always been a lot of Nathan Jackson artwork in Juneau, and there’s about to be a lot more…“I feel like this is a great honor,” Jackson said. “I kind of feel like I’ve been doing my very best to do artwork and explore, but I didn’t do this all alone. There were people that had brought me out to the forefront, and I appreciate those individuals very much for what they’ve done.”
voices on the land
SHI has expanded its performing arts program for youth, Voices on the Land, to Yakutat and Ketchikan. Voices on the Land is an innovative program that teaches performing arts, digital storytelling, script-writing, story-telling techniques and the tools of the actor to improve literacy skills of students in grades 4-8. (Application: Juneau Arts Intensives)
baby raven reads
All three Baby Raven Reads books published by SHI last year have been chosen for an annual “best-of-the-year” list compiled by a nationally-known literacy group. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), which is affiliated with the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Let the games begin!
Native Youth Olympics
Nearly a hundred athletes from Alaska and Canada are expected to compete in the 2019 Traditional Games in Juneau this week, marking the first time Southeast Alaska has hosted a statewide indigenous sports event. The games are open to everyone age 11 and up. Free event. (Flyer)
tlingit code talkers
Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer next week will present five Alaska flags to family members of the state’s Tlingit code talkers to honor the crucial role the men played in helping to end World War II. The event is scheduled at 6:30 pm—prior to the start of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament—at Juneau-Douglas High School.
NORTHWEST COAST ART
Sealaska Heritage and Saxman IRA Tribal Council will sponsor a skin-sewing workshop with teacher Louise Kadinger in Saxman, March 21-24 at the the Kootéeyaa Koffe House.. Free, supplies provided. Space is limited. Application deadline: March 14. (Flyer)
tlingit code talkers
The Alaska State Legislature today passed a citation honoring Alaska’s Tlingit code talkers for their exemplary military service and the crucial role they played in helping to end World War II. The citation, which posthumously honored them, passed with family members of the men and Native leaders watching from the galleries.
NORTHWEST COAST ART
Sealaska Heritage and UAS are offering a Northwest Coast woolen weaving course with teacher Kay Parker. Scholarships to cover tuition and fees are available to help cover costs in 2019 and 2020! Scholarship application deadline: April 8. (Scholarship Application) (Flyer)
Culture in new institutions
In this installment, SHI President Rosita Worl answers the question "What are the challenges of integrating Native arts, culture and language into new institutions?"
In this installment, SHI President Rosita Worl answers the question "Why do some of SHI's programs give preference to Native participants?"—a question recently posed to us by an Alaska educator.
Sessions and events
Sealaska Heritage is sponsoring several language activities through its Haa Shuká program, including language sessions in Sitka and Juneau and an immersion retreat.
SHI seeks remedy
SHI is condemning a Facebook ban on legal sales of products made from any “part, pelt or skin from an animal, including fur,” according to the site’s commerce policy. The ban will have a devastating effect on Native artists throughout the state, who sell through Facebook and are dependent on the proceeds from arts and handicraft made from animal parts.
SHI has released the most comprehensive book ever published on traditional northern Northwest Coast halibut hooks, known as náxw in Tlingit. Doing Battle with the Halibut People: The Tlingit, Haida, & Tsimshian Halibut Hook delves deeply into the ingenious engineering, use of and spiritual dimensions of the hooks. (Buy)