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USE OF NWC ART, CRESTS

SHI President Rosita Worl fields a lot of questions from the public, researchers and the media about Northwest Coast cultures. Because the answers are often of general interest, we’ve launched “Q & A with Rosita Worl” on our blog. We get this question a lot: When is it okay to use Northwest Coast Formline designs and crests?

New Product
Chilkat Blanket

We are excited to unveil our new wool blanket—“Blanket of Knowledge” (Yaakoosge X’óow ), based on the ancient Northwest Coast art practice of Chilkat weaving, one of the most complex weaving techniques in the world. Adapted by Richard Dalton from a classic 19th century Chilkat blanket, $200. Proceeds help fund cultural programs.

Tináa: Call for Models
Deadline: Aug. 1

SHI is seeking female and male models to volunteer for its Native Fashion Show, which will be held during the Tináa Art Auction on Sept. 29. This is a volunteer opportunity and filling out the application does not guarantee your participation, as items submitted to the Native Fashion Show may not fit everyone. (Flyer)

Tináa Art Auction
VOLUNTEER

SHI is seeking volunteers for its Tináa Art Auction in Juneau on Sept. 29.  Volunteers are critical to making this event run smoothly and to help showcase the art in its best light. All persons wishing to volunteer need to register ahead of the event. Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the art auction!

Tinaa Art Auction
Alaska Native Art

SHI is holding its second Tináa Art Auction on Sept. 29, 2017, to raise funds for critical programs. Proceeds will build SHI’s new endowment to ensure art, language and education programs benefit future generations. Established Alaska Native artists and collectors who want to participate in the auction should contact SHI now. (Donate Art) (Native Fashion Show Application) (Be a Sponsor)

Careers
Job Opportunities

SHI is recruiting for an education director, an education administrative assistant and retail/guest services associates. Click the link to see full job descriptions and how to apply.

LANGUAGE APPS
NEW GAMES, QUIZZES

SHI has released two new interactive games on its “Tlingit Language Games” app and added quizzes and score tracking to it and to its “Learning Tlingit” app. “Ax Hídi” (My House) is a new game for mobile devices that teaches more than seventy Tlingit words for items commonly found in a home. (Learning Tlingit App: iOS // Android) (Tlingit Language Games App: iOS // Android)

In the News:
Tlingit Workbook

U.S. News & World Report—A group of Alaska natives and residents have been gathering to learn about the Tlingit language, which only about 100 people can currently speak fluently. ... They study with a book that the Sealaska Heritage Institute recently published, called the "Beginning Tlingit Workbook."

PUBLIC EVENT
ROUNDTABLE W/ ARTISTS

SHI will sponsor a viewing of its exhibit on Alaska Native masks and roundtable discussions with the prominent artists whose work is featured in the display in a day-long, free event that is open to the public.  (Flyer)

STUDENT CHOSEN
JUDSON BROWN AWARD

SHI through its Scholarship Committee has chosen a Ph.D. candidate and Native education advocate as the 2017 recipient of its annual Judson L. Brown Leadership Award. The recipient, Jordan Craddick, is a graduate student working on his doctorate in history from the University of Washington. 

BABY RAVEN READS
NEW HAIDA BOOKS OUT

SHI has released two culturally-based children’s books based on the Haida culture that reflect the Native worldview. The books include “Baby Raven” and “Baby Eagle”—which teach the English and Xaad Kíl (Haida) words for clan crests. Edited by Benjamin Young. (See All Baby Raven Books)

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CULTURAL EDUCATION

On the last day of Sealaska Heritage’s first education conference, Our Cultural Landscape, keynote speaker Dr. Christopher Blodgett spoke about childhood trauma and described best-practice recommendations for responding to it in an educational setting.

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