Sealaska Heritage


Jinéit Art Academy
Moccasin Making Class

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a moccasin making class in Seattle with artist and teacher Carmaleeda Estrada. Scheduled November 4-6 (November 4: 5 pm-9 pm; November 5-6: 12 pm-6 pm). Registration deadline is October 21. $50 for three-day class. Fee covers materials. Class limited to 15 participants. Offered through SHI’s Jinéit Art Academy. (Flyer)

Family Events
Baby raven reads

SHI will sponsor two, free family events for families with Alaska Native children age 5 and younger. Join us for storytelling, songs, and other cultural and literacy activities. Session 1 is Saturday, October 8 from 10-11:30 at Shuká Hít in the Walter Soboleff Building. Session 2 is Sunday, October 9 from 2-2:30 at Gruening Park. (Flyer)

In the news:
language grant

The Sealaska Heritage Institute has received a roughly $930,000 federal grant from the Administration for Native Americans to establish a three-year language revitalization program. Rosita Worl, the nonprofit’s president, said the new program will be an extension of an existing one.

Language revitalization
SHI gets grant

SHI has received a large federal grant to revitalize the languages of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian in four Southeast Alaska communities. The $927,000 award from the ANA will fund four mentor-apprentice teams in Metlakatla, Hydaburg, Sitka and Juneau.

Judson Brown Awardee

SHI through its Scholarship Committee has chosen a well-known language advocate and assistant professor of Alaska Native languages as the 2016 recipient of its annual Judson L. Brown Leadership Award. The recipient, Lance (X’unei) Twitchell, has helped to lead a high-profile effort in recent years to revitalize Alaska Native languages.

Tlingit Language
SHI releases apps

SHI has released its first Tlingit apps for students who want to learn their Native language through mobile devices. The programs include an app with more than three hundred Tlingit words, phrases and sounds and an app that teaches the Tlingit words for ocean animals and birds through interactive games. (Learning Tlingit App: iOS  Android) (Tlingit Language Games App: iOS  Android)

Job Opportunities

SHI is recruiting for a project coordinator to help manage a language program and an education administrative assistant to provide administrative support to the Education Department staff and programs.

Indian Point
listed as historic place

Sealaska Heritage has prevailed in a decades-long effort to list the sacred X’unáxi (Indian Point) in Juneau in the National Register of Historic Places, making it the first traditional cultural property in Southeast Alaska to be placed on the register.

in the news:
basic art institute

To the beat of a deerskin drum and the tune of a Tlingit song, 16 teachers from several Alaskan communities danced into the University of Alaska Southeast classroom where they had spent the last two weeks. It was Thursday night, and the teachers — hailing from Juneau, Ketchikan and Kodiak — were both performing and celebrating...

In the news:
Tlingit immersion

“Lingít tundatáani.” Loosely translated, the phrase means “Tlingit perspective” or “Tlingit world view.” Asked about the last three years in Sealaska Heritage Institute’s mentor-apprentice program, Hans Chester (Naakil.aan) of Juneau said that’s what the program has given him. Yakutat apprentice Devlin Anderstrom (Shagaaw Éesh) said the same.

Delores Churchill Interview

Haida master weaver Delores Churchill recently donated an old woven basket to Sealaska Heritage that she acquired from a Ketchikan resident. In this video interview, Delores talks about what she has learned from studying the basket.

Celebration 2016
Weavers Talk Online

If you missed the weavers’ presentation during Celebration, the video is now online. Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers talked about their journey and the mistakes they’ve made along the way. Sponsored by SHI as an associate event of Celebration 2016.