Sealaska Heritage


Baby Raven Reads
Family Event

SHI will sponsor a family event for Baby Raven Reads on Saturday, Dec. 10., for families with Alaska Native children up to age 5—including those currently enrolled in kindergarten. You are invited to join us for drumming, a read aloud by author Pauline Duncan, and a book signing of six newly published books.

In the news:
Terrifying Visages

By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News—Tlingit battle helmets were designed to inspire fear. The thick, wooden head armor carried imagery of strong warriors, fierce animals or revered ancestors. But helmets also played a ceremonial role, representing clans or helping shamans scout behind enemy lines.

Request for Proposals

SHI is accepting proposals to develop an engaging, educational and content-rich interactive exhibit featuring a map-based display of places of significance to Tlingit and Haida clans and kwáans, and three video- and animation-based displays about Tlingit fishing practices and technology.

Baby Raven Reads
SHI to release 5 books

SHI will release five culturally-based children’s books that reflect the Native worldview on Dec. 10. The first book, Colors, was released in early December and is available at the Sealaska Heritage Store or through or 907.586.9114. The books are a part of SHI's Baby Raven Reads program.

New Exhibit
Alaska Native Masks

SHI's new exhibit, Alaska Native Masks: Art & Ceremony, will open to the public in May, 2017. The exhibit highlights the ancient and current uses of Native masks, which connect humans to the supernatural world.

Code Talkers of WWII

In case you missed our lecture on Native code talkers, the video is now online. Ozzie Sheakley and author Judith Avila talk about how Tlingit and Navajo code talkers helped end WWII.

In the news:
NWC art education

By Maria Dudzak, KRBD—Sealaska Heritage Institute has partnered with the Institute of American Indian Arts and the University of Alaska Southeast to provide enhanced and expanded Northwest Coast art programs and opportunities for Alaska students. The three organizations signed a memorandum of agreement last Wednesday...

In the news:
Talking in code

By Clara Miller, Juneau Empire—Thirty-three Native American tribes had members who served as World War II code talkers, amounting between 400-500 men. But for decades, it was classified information and kept secret, even from the code talkers’ families. For the Tlingits, it wasn’t until 2013 that it became public knowledge.

vietnam vets talk

If you missed our event, Hunting in Wartime, the video is now online. Alaska Native veterans talked about their experiences in the Vietnam war. Sealaska Heritage and Sealaska sponsored the talk for Native American Heritage Month. Preceded by comments from U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan.

Northwest Coast Art
Landmark MOA signed

Sealaska Heritage Institute has entered into a three-way partnership with the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) to provide enhanced and expanded Northwest Coast (NWC) art programs and opportunities for Alaska students.

in the news:
Defining "Alaska Native"

By Mike Dunham, Alaska Dispatch News—At the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Fairbanks last month, Sealaska Heritage Institute presented a study addressing the possibility of changing the definition of "Alaska Native" with regard to taking marine mammals for food or art purposes...

In the news:
Native warriors honored

By Sam DeGrave, Juneau Empire—It has been more than five decades since Fred Bennett and 27 other young men left Hoonah, headed for the jungles of Vietnam. Like many of his peers, Bennett had never left his village at the time. He hardly knew why the U.S. was fighting a war half a world away.