Sealaska Heritage


TCLL Celebration

Harborview Elementary’s Tlingit Culture, Language & Literacy Program (TCLL) held its fifth grade promotion ceremony Thursday at the Walter Soboleff Building. The students exited the clan house with a song honoring the Marks family, whose language work has paved the way for many speakers in Southeast Alaska.

Statements need clarity

In recent days, we have received complaints about an opinion piece published in the Alaska Dispatch News titled “Russian extremists want Alaska back.” The piece, written by Dr. Steve Haycox, included some statements that appeared to be outrageous mischaracterizations of historical events that involved Alaska Native people.

Education Conference

SHI will kick off its first cultural education conference next week. The event, Our Cultural Landscape: Culturally Responsive Education Conference, has drawn some top keynote speakers.U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, will also address attendees. (Booklet and Schedule) (Conference Flyer) (Main Conference Page)

New Book Out
Beginning Tlingit Workbook

SHI has published a workbook for students studying Tlingit that teaches words and concepts through imagery. The volume, Beginning Tlingit Workbook, was written and compiled by Lance (̱X’unei) A. Twitchell. It is an extension of the landmark book Beginning Tlingit by Nora and Richard Dauenhauer.

In the News:
Tlingit set world model

By Charlie Wood, The Christian Science Monitor—The San people of southern Africa seek to encourage mutually beneficial collaborations with scientists with an official code of research ethics. Can lessons from past conflicts help bypass future battles?

Voices on the Land
Digital Storytelling

SHI will sponsor a new workshop on digital storytelling this summer open to Alaska Native students in grades 8-11. It will cover film production techniques, including interviewing and stop-motion animation. No charge. (Flyer)

In the news:
Seminary vs. Tribes

By Candida Moss, The Daily Beast—In Newton, Mass, a struggling seminary is coming under attack this week for failing to return religious artifacts in its collection to the Native American tribes to which they belong. Andover Newton Theological School possesses a collection of 158 Native American artifacts that, for roughly 70 years, have been housed at the nearby Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass.

New Product
Chilkat Throw

We are excited to unveil our new cotton throw—“Blanket of Knowledge” (Yaakoosge X’óow ). This blanket design is based on the ancient Northwest Coast art practice of Chilkat weaving, one of the most complex weaving techniques in the world. Adapted by Richard Dalton from a classic 19th century Chilkat blanket.

Job Opportunities

SHI is seeking an education director to manage SHI's education programs and curriculum development projects and an assistant retail manager for the Sealaska Heritage Store and education administrative assistant.

In the news:
Old Tlingit drum

By Tamara Ikenberg, Alaska Dispatch News—A timeworn Tlingit shaman's box drum dating back to at least the late 1800s may get new life. The nonprofit organization Museums Alaska just granted Sealaska Heritage $3,868 to get the repatriated object in exhibit-worthy condition and have it scanned by an infrared photographer.


SHI is accepting applications for its 2017 Gumboot Camp, a program that promotes early literacy, language development and school readiness. The camp is open to families with Alaska Native children age four and incoming kindergartners as part of SHI’s Baby Raven Reads program. (Flyer)

Tinaa Art Auction
Alaska Native Art

SHI is holding its second Tináa Art Auction on Sept. 29, 2017, to raise funds for critical programs. Proceeds will build SHI’s new endowment to ensure art, language and education programs benefit future generations. Established Alaska Native artists and collectors who want to participate in the auction should contact SHI now. (Donate Art) (Native Fashion Show Application)