Sealaska Heritage will offer a five-day halibut hook carving apprenticeship May 8-12 in Juneau for experienced carvers at intermediate and advanced levels. Led by instructors Donald Gregory and Thomas George, the apprenticeship is limited to 10 carvers. Deadline to apply is May 3. (Flyer)
Haa Latseen Project
Sealaska Heritage is seeking 12 Alaska Native emerging artists from Juneau to participate in the Haa Latseen Community Project. Participants will receive training in formline design, small mask carving, carving practice and business management for Native artists. May 5-October 27, 2017 in Juneau. Application deadline: May 1. (Flyer)
SHI is sponsoring a major program to revitalize spruce-root weaving, as part of its vision to establish the Northwest Coast arts capital in Southeast Alaska, with Juneau as the engine perpetuating both visual and performing arts. SHI has selected seven apprentice weavers from across Southeast Alaska to work with master Haida weaver Delores Churchill.
Learn Formline Design
Sealaska Heritage will offer a formline workshop over three weekends led by X̱’unei Lance Twitchell in conjunction with our Haa Latseen Community Project. This 40-hour workshop will be held May 5-6, July 7-9, and Oct. 6-8 at the Walter Soboleff Building in Juneau. Deadline to apply is May 1. (Flyer)
Language teams gathered at Sealaska Heritage Institute in April for orientation and training to begin their involvement in the Haa Shuká Community Language Learning Project. The Haa Shuká project builds on Sealaska Heritage’s previous Tlingit Mentor-Apprentice Program and has expanded to include Xaad Kíl and Sm’algyax languages.
Thru the lens conference
SHI has signed up nationally known educators to give keynote addresses at its first culturally-responsive education conference for educators in June. The event, Our Cultural Landscape: Culturally Responsive Education Conference, has drawn some of the best names in the field, including Zaretta Hammond, Dr. Christopher Blodgett, Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff and Libby Roderick.
A study of the DNA in ancient skeletal remains adds to the evidence that indigenous groups living today in southern Alaska and the western coast of British Columbia are descendants of the first humans to make their home in northwest North America more than 10,000 years ago.
In the news:
By Mary Catharine Martin, Capital City Weekly—If language and health are linked, then the ten Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian language apprentices recently gathered for a talk on the subject were embarking on a journey not just to reclaim a vital aspect of their culture, but to better health, both for themselves and for their communities.
SHI is seeking chaperones and math teachers for its 2017 Math and Culture Academy. SHI also is recruiting for the following openings: assistant retail manager; and education administrative assistant.
Events & Opportunities
2017 Schedule of Events
SHI is offering a lot of upcoming events and opportunities, including Native art classes, Baby Raven events and summer camps for youth. Download our 2017 schedule of events for more information.