Sealaska Heritage


Tlingit Place Names

Students from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School learned about traditional Tlingit place names Friday morning at the Walter Soboleff Building as part of Sealaska Heritage’s Telling Our Stories: Voices on the Land program. As Tlingit elder David Katzeek shared his knowledge of place names, he helped students understand what those names can reveal...

Cultural training

Sealaska Heritage and the University of Alaska Southeast’s PITAAS program co-hosted a series of presentations for UAS faculty at the Walter Soboleff Building Thursday as part of an ongoing partnership designed to provide cultural training for Alaska teachers...

New Language Program
Apply Now

Sealaska Heritage Institute has opened the application period for its Haa Shuká Community Language Learning Project, a new program designed to help revitalize the languages of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian in four Southeast Alaska communities. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 10, 2017.

Baby Raven Reads
Family Night

SHI will sponsor a free family night event at the Juneau Public Library for families with children under age six as part of its Baby Raven Reads program. Join us for a light dinner, crafts and storytelling from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm, Thursday, Jan. 19. Qualifying Juneau families also receive free books and new books published through the program may be purchased through the Sealaska Heritage Store.

Tlingit Language

SHI will continually update its Tlingit language podcast, which is featured in our "Learning Tlingit" app and online. The podcast currently includes 26 episodes that cover a wide range of topics in audio (.mp3) or video (.mp4) formats. Get the "Learning Tlingit" app: iOS // Android.

Gold Medal Basketball
Tickets at SHI

SHI is selling Gold Medal tickets at the Sealaska Heritage Store in Juneau. Passes allow access for all 7 days of the tournament. There are 4 ticket options: General Admission Pass: $60; Elder Pass: $45 (ages 65 +); Youth Pass: $45 (ages 5-17); Student Pass $45. The store is in the Walter Soboleff Building on the corner of Seward and Front streets:; 907.586.9114.

Job Opportunity

SHI is seeking a research specialist to provide professional staff assistance to the director in the design, conduct and coordination of cultural anthropological research related to SHI's mission and goals.

In the news:
The year in news

By Lisa Phu, Juneau Empire—Here’s a list of Juneau stories and issues — in no particular order — that shocked us, had a lasting impact or celebrated our community...Celebration 2016 in June saw two new events that will hopefully become mainstays during the biennial festival of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures.

Upcoming workshop
Skin sewing

SHI will sponsor a skin-sewing workshop in Juneau with teacher Louise Kadinger. The three-day class is limited to 15 participants. A $100 fee covers all materials needed to make a skin product. Deadline to register is 4 pm, Jan. 19. (Flyer)

Support SHI

Alaskans, please consider donating to SHI through Pick.Click.Give. when filling out your permanent fund dividend application this year. SHI has founded a new endowment so your donations will support cultural programs for years to come. And, we’ll make every dollar count.

In the news:

By Steve Quinn, Indian Country Today—When David Boxley struck his deer-hide drum, it was time to celebrate. And with that, more than 2,000 people danced, sang and enjoyed a reunion among nearly 50 groups who had traveled anywhere from one mile to 1,000 miles—just to dance.

Young Writers

SHI is sponsoring a program for young writers to encourage and produce culturally-based books for all age levels. SHI is encouraging writers who are age 19 or younger to submit manuscripts that tell stories about Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures and/or history through the Native worldview.