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2019 Programming

SHI is offering a lot of upcoming events and opportunities, including Native art classes, Baby Raven events and summer camps for youth. 

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book giveaway

Sealaska Heritage will host a turf night this week in partnership with an education group in Juneau and give away free copies of its award-winning Baby Raven Reads book Salmon Boy: Shanyáak'utlaax̱ to families with young children. Event open to all families in Juneau with young children.

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Martin Luther King Day

SHI President Rosita Worl on Martin Luther King: "We know and understand the pain and anguish that Martin Luther King faced as he fought for civil rights and justice.  We know that he faced great opposition and harassment, as did William L. Paul, who, like Martin Luther King, was vilified by the media and government officials."

DONATION
KINDRED POST

Kindred Post of Juneau today donated ten percent of its profits from its Social Justice Hustle collection to SHI in recognition of the institute’s work to forge social change. Owner Christy NaMee Eriksen wrote that she chose SHI to receive its annual donation because the institute creates “positive change at every level...

Free Community Concert
Featuring Tlingit Flautist

SHI is sponsoring a Tlingit flautist to play during an event featuring the Juneau Symphony, which will perform in SHI’s clan house this month. In a second event, George Montero will give a free, public performance from noon-1 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 22 in the clan house. Everyone is welcome.  (Flyer)

PITAAS
TUITION WAIVERS

SHI and UAS are offering new scholarships and opportunities to Alaska Native students enrolled in the Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools program, known as PITAAS. SHI and UAS are offering the initiatives under a new memorandum of agreement...(Application) (Flyer)

In the news:
NWC art workshops

By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—Teaching is at the center of Saturday Carving Practice at Gajaa Hit. It provides a network that allows someone like Henry Hopkins with a decade of experience carving in the Tlingit style to learn from artists such as Donald Gregory, Ray Watkins and Steve Brown...

PITAAS
TUITION WAIVERS

Learn to speak Tlingit. Learn to speak Tsimshian. Study NWC art and history. And take the class for free. Through SHI’s PITAAS program, Alaska Native freshmen and sophomores interested in becoming teachers or administrators in Alaska are eligible for tuition waivers for certain classes.  (Flyer)

NORTHWEST COAST ART
Teaching Artists Needed

SHI, in partnership with the Juneau School District, is seeking teaching artists to be added to a roster, which will be used by educators recruiting specialists for their classrooms. Artists will be paid an hourly rate based on teaching artist experience.

SHI DONATES EXHIBIT
MATERIALS GO TO REGION

Sealaska Heritage is donating a copy of its interactive exhibit, Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land, to schools across the region so students in Southeast Alaska may learn about ancient place names and the innovative inventions that Native people engineered to catch halibut and salmon sustainably.

In the news:
Flute event coming to SHI

By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—There will be woodwinds in the cedar room. Juneau Symphony and Sealaska Heritage are collaborating to bring an orchestral performance to the Walter Soboleff Building’s clan house. “It’s really a neat opportunity and a first for Juneau,” said Juneau Symphony Vice President Beth Pendleton. 

LIVE PERFORMANCE
KHU.ÉEX'

Sealaska Heritage is excited to co-sponsor a Juneau performance by Preston Singletary and his unique musical group Khu.éex’, which features spoken word, Native storytelling, and singing, performed from an experimental approach with rock and funk elements with traditional regalia and Northwest Coast masks.  (Flyer)

JUNEAU SYMPHONY
CLAN HOUSE DEBUT

Sealaska Heritage for the first time is partnering with the Juneau Symphony in a joint fundraiser to support orchestral programs and Alaska Native cultural arts. The performance, Shuká Hít Series—Flutes From Around the World, will take place in SHI’s cedar clan house, marking the first time the space has featured orchestral music.

NORTHWEST COAST ART
skin-sewing workshop

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a skin-sewing workshop in Kake with Scott Jackson from Jan. 17-20 at the Kake High School, Shop Building. Limited to 15 participants. SHI provides a sea otter hide at a $350 value for each participant as well as patterns and supplies. Application fee: $100. (Flyer)

Northwest Coast Art
skin-sewing workshop

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a skin-sewing workshop in Sitka with Robert Miller from Jan. 9-13 at the Totem Park Cultural Center, Wood Room. Limited to 15 participants. SHI provides a sea otter hide at a $350 value for each participant as well as patterns and supplies. Application fee: $100. (Flyer)

Scholarships
App Period open

The enrollment period for Sealaska scholarship applications is open for the 2019-2020 school year. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019. However, Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is offering a $50 incentive to those who complete their scholarship application on or before Feb. 1.

NORTHWEST COAST ART
Spring Semester @ UAS

Sealaska Heritage and UAS are offering several Northwest Coast art classes taught by award-winning artists for the spring semester. Weaver Lily Hope will teach fiber arts spinning and natural dye classes and Wayne Price will teach Northwest Coast art history and culture; carving; and tool making courses.  (Flyer) (Get a Scholarship)

NORTHWEST COAST ART
Spring Semester @ UAS

Sealaska Heritage and UAS are offering several Northwest Coast art classes taught by award-winning artists for the spring semester. Weaver Lily Hope will teach fiber arts spinning and natural dye classes and Wayne Price will teach Northwest Coast art history and culture; carving; and tool making courses.  (Flyer) (Get a Scholarship)

DONATION
AUTHENTIC FIRE BOWL

A Sealaska shareholder has donated an old ceremonial fire bowl that dates to circa late 1800s to Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) for its ethnographic collection. Fire bowls, called gankas’íx’i (dishes over the fire) in Tlingit, historically were used to transport food to the spirit world and to ancestors during ceremonies.

How-To Videos Out
Endangered NWC art

SHI has released a series of videos on how to weave spruce-root baskets and make horn spoons, both ancient but endangered Northwest Coast art practices. The videos are posted online and feature instructors Delores Churchill and Steve Brown on horn spoon carving. (Spruce-Root Series) (Horn Spoon Series)

NORTHWEST COAST ART
WORKSHOPS RESUME

Sealaska Heritage will resume Saturday carving practice sessions with Tlingit artist Donald Gregory on Dec. 15 from 1-6 pm. These carving sessions are a part of SHI’s Haa Latseen Community Project.

In the news:
Skin-sewing workshops

By Adelyn Baxter, KTOO—A series of workshops in communities around Southeast Alaska aims to expand the practice of traditional Alaska Native skin-sewing with seal and sea otter fur. Sealaska Heritage Institute hopes the classes can promote cottage industries in smaller communities...

BLOG
HISTORIC SUMMIT

Sealaska Heritage’s first-ever language summit brought together nearly 70 fluent speakers and more than 200 language learners in Juneau to recognize and celebrate the Elders who continued to speak their languages in the face of intense opposition. “The pain caused by efforts to stamp out our languages lives in all of us"...

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News Books released

SHI has released three new culturally-based children’s books through its award-winning Baby Raven Reads program. The books, Raven Loses His Nose, Raven Makes the Aleutians and Raven and the Tide Lady are based on ancient Northwest Coast Raven stories but are adapted for children.

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