BABY RAVEN READS
We invite Alaska Native Families with children age 5 and under to register for Baby Raven Reads, a program that promotes pre-literacy, language development and school readiness. Participants join us for family events and cultural activities and receive free books, including our new Baby Raven Reads series.
TLINGIT VIEWS ON DEATH
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. This first question comes from a studio that is developing a film on Tlingit culture.
SHI is recruiting for an education director, who will be responsible for comprehensive development and management of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s education programs and curriculum development projects responding to the needs of Alaskan Native students.
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)
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)
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.
SHI's first education conference continued Friday at Juneau Douglas High School with a welcome address by Sealaska CEO and President Anthony Mallott and a keynote speech from national education consultant and author Zaretta Hammond. ... Hammond said traditional cultural values like those articulated by the Council of Traditional Scholars line up with the latest research about the brain.
Sealaska Heritage’s first-ever education conference got off to an exciting start on Thursday with keynote speeches and opening remarks from distinguished guest speakers including Ilarion Larry Merculieff, Libby Roderick, and US Senator Lisa Murkowski.
Tlingit weaver Lily Hope, Sealaska Heritage’s current artist-in-residence, celebrated the completion of her first full-sized Chilkat robe Tuesday afternoon in the clan house at the Walter Soboleff Building with a public event that included singing, dancing, and gift giving.
New Book Out
Beginning Tlingit Workbook
SHI has published a workbook for students studying Tlingit that teaches words and concepts through imagery. The volume, Beginning Tlingit Workbook, was written and compiled by Lance (̱X’unei) A. Twitchell. It is an extension of the landmark book Beginning Tlingit by Nora and Richard Dauenhauer.
We are excited to unveil our new cotton throw—“Blanket of Knowledge” (Yaakoosge X’óow ). This blanket design is 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.