Alaska Native Identity
Video now online
If you missed our lecture by SHI Visiting Scholars Dr. Caitlin Stern and Dr. Jessie Barker, the video is now online. The scholars presented preliminary findings from their research on Alaska Native Identity.
Sealaska Heritage is recruiting for male chaperones to assist with its upcoming Math and Culture Academy in July. Chaperones must be age 21 or over and available to stay the entire camp. SHI will pay a stipend of $1,800, and additional funding may be provided to chaperones who accompany students from rural areas to the academy. Academy scheduled July-10-19 in Juneau. (Register)
Baby Raven Reads
SHI will sponsor a free event for Alaska Native families with children ages 4 and 5 for a Baby Raven Reads Gumboot Camp. The event is part of a program that promotes pre-literacy, language development and school readiness. Gumboot Camp is scheduled Aug. 1-5 at Harborview Elementary School in Juneau. (Sign Up) (Flyer)
The first person to step onto the runway of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s inaugural Native Fashion show Friday night wasn’t a model or a designer, but a dancer, Kindeshaun Austin of Juneau. To the beat of a drum played by Zak Wass in the cedar clan house of the Walter Soboleff Building, Austin began to dance in traditional Tlingit style, crouching and bending his knees deeply, and holding his arms at right angles in front of his body.
Yakutat lecture online
If you missed our lecture by Judith Ramos, the video is now online. In her talk, Ramos— professor of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks—talks about the origin of the Kwaashk’I Kwáan Clan.
Traditional Food Winners
Sealaska Heritage has announced the winners of its two popular traditional food contests, held as part of Celebration 2016. The winner of the black seaweed contest is Dora Barr, and the winner of the soapberry contest is Doris McLean. Second and third place in the seaweed contest went to Fran Neumann and Charlene Baker; and second and third in soapberries to Roberta Revey and Ivan Williams.
Jewelers Lecture Online
If you missed our lecture by Archivist/Curator Zachary Jones, the video is now online. In his talk, Jones discusses historic Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian jewelers.
Art Awards Video Online
Find out which Northwest Coast artists took top prizes at Sealaska Heritage Institute's biennial Juried Art Show and Competition and its new Juried Youth Art Show. Video of the award ceremony now online.
Art show winners
Eight artists have taken top prizes at Sealaska Heritage Institute’s eighth biennial Juried Art Show and Competition, and five young artists also placed in SHI’s new Youth Juried Art Exhibit. Tsimshian artist David R. Boxley won the top two awards: Best of Show and Best of Formline for his piece, Txaamsem.
Baby Raven Reads
New Books Released
SHI has released the first three of eighteen culturally-based children’s books that reflect the Native worldview. The books are part of the institute’s Baby Raven Reads, a program for Alaska Native families with children up to age 5 that promotes language development and school readiness.