Sealaska Heritage


NWC Art Capital in Juneau

By Rosita Worl—Nearly 100 years ago, the small town of Santa Fe, New Mexico, held its first Santa Fe Indian Market. The market, though humble at first, has grown into an economic goliath for the town, drawing an estimated 100,000 people from around the world every year.

Cultural Core Values
Panels to be given to school

SHI will donate eight, large panels depicting ancient Southeast Alaska Native core cultural values to Floyd Dryden Middle School in a ceremony planned for next week. The panels were a main feature of SHI’s first exhibit at the opening of its Walter Soboleff Building in 2015. 

In the news:
Arts Excursion

Fifty second-graders watched with wide eyes as Lily Hope talked about urine buckets. Hope, a Tlingit artist and storyteller, was explaining to students in the Any Given Child Juneau program about the process of dying yarn for Chilkat robes. 

Mountain goat horn spoons
we need your expertise

Within the next year, SHI is planning to offer one or more mountain goat horn spoon mentor-apprenticeships to experienced carvers in Southeast Alaska, and we need your help to determine how to best provide training for this endangered art practice. Please help by taking our short survey.

Mapping Alaska

Six different historic maps by Alaska Natives inspired one independent historian to look into the significance of Alaska’s pre-statehood cartography. During a project that began in 2007, John Cloud scanned historical maps and charts of NOAA predecessor, the Coast and Geodetic Survey. 

Thank you veterans

In commemoration of Veterans Day, we offer this roundup of videos honoring Alaska Native veterans, including Tlingit code talkers, and traditional warriors. Thank you veterans for your honorable service and for all you have sacrificed to protect our peoples and our land.

Celebration 2018

Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications from dance groups that want to perform at Celebration 2018, scheduled June 6-9. The application deadline is March 30, 2018.


Navajo code talkers have long been recognized for the crucial part they played in World War II. But until very recently, no one knew that Tlingit code talkers also used the Tlingit language as a code that the enemy was never able to crack. Today, in commemoration of Veterans Day tomorrow, we proudly honor our Tlingit code talkers.

Tlingit leader Ḵaal.áx̱ch

SHI held its first of two November lectures Wednesday in recognition of Native American Heritage Month. Dr. Steve Langdon, professor emeritus at the UAA Department of Anthropology, spoke about the powerful Tlingit leader Ḵaal.áx̱ch, who lived in Klukwan at the time of the assertion of jurisdiction by the US in 1867.

Robert Davidson on NWC art

The major issues facing artists today and possible solutions include patience—taking time to learn from the Old Masters. Taking time to establish oneself in creating your own market. Committing to be a lifelong student. Once one is fluent within the vocabulary of the Old Masters, the challenge is to expand on it.  



The deadline is Nov. 27 for claimants in the Cobell vs. Salazar Settlement who are on the “Whereabouts Unknown” list to supply information to the claims administrators. Alaska Natives or their heirs may be eligible for payments under the settlement. More than 400 Southeast Alaska Native people and estates are listed.

Native Youth Olympics
Juneau to Compete

SHI is sponsoring a Native Youth Olympics program for all Juneau high school students in an effort to create a team to compete in the state championship for the first time in nearly 30 years. The program, which is co-sponsored by Indian Studies and the UAS Wooch Een club, will grow students’ athletic abilities through use games. 


Program expands to SE AK

SHI is expanding its award-winning Baby Raven Reads program to nine new communities in Southeast Alaska in an effort to promote early literacy, language development and school readiness in Alaska Native children. The program also will fund publication of new books...(more)

Any Given Child
Arts Excursion

SHI this month will open the Walter Soboleff Building to all second-grade students in the Juneau School District as part of a national program to provide experiences and learning in the arts to all children. The event is part of the Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child initiative established by the John F. Kennedy Center.

Photos: A Tribe Called Red

The indigenous music group A Tribe Called Red rocked the house in Juneau this month through a performance sponsored by SHI, the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (JAHC) and KTOO. This photo series by Sydney Akagi begins with the Native dance group Woosh.ji.een, which opened for the band.

Celebration 2018
JAS, NAM apps online

Raven Dance Mask by Bugs Nelson. 2016 Juried Art Show and Competition, Sealaska Heritage.

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a Juried Art Show and Competition, a Juried Youth Art Exhibit and a Native Artists Market during Celebration 2018, scheduled June 6-9. (Photo: Raven Dance Mask by Bugs Nelson, 2016 Juried Art Show and Competition. By Brian Wallace) Applications now online.

New book out

SHI has published a new culturally-based children’s book through its award-winning Baby Raven Reads program. The new book, Am’ala, is based on a traditional Tsimshian story about a young man who is teased by his brothers for being lazy and dirty. The young man trains secretly with a spirit and gains superhuman strength.

Book Giveaway Photos

Confession: When we first received a federal grant to develop our Baby Raven Reads program, we were a bit daunted. The project, in part, required us to produce 18 children’s books in three years. That’s a lot. Our staff worked very hard to find the best writers and illustrators and to produce books that met the highest standards. This week, it paid off.