Sealaska Heritage


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.

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)

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)


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)


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...


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"...

baby raven reads
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.

In the news:
Language Summit

By Philippe Morin, CBC News—Speakers of Tlingit are preparing for what they're calling a historic conference in Alaska … The meeting means a lot to Duane Gastant Aucoin, the chair of the language and culture oversight committee with the Teslin Tlingit Council in Teslin, Yukon. "This is the first time coming together of all our fluent speakers.”

In the news:
Halibut Hook Revivial

By Raina Delisle, Hakai Magazine—Jonathan Rowan lowers his handmade wooden halibut hook into the tranquil early-morning water off Klawock, Alaska, and urges it to go down and fight: “Weidei yei jindagut,” he says in the Tlingit language. From his skiff, the tribal leader watches the V-shaped hook about as long as his forearm slowly sink...

Robert Davidson on art

The renowned master artist Robert Davidson has agreed to allow Sealaska Heritage to post occasional teachings online. In this latest blog, he answers eleven questions about his evolution as an artist, an artist’s role in society and the role of critics, to name a few.


SHI is applauding the return of Tlingit Mary Miller as the superintendent at Sitka National Historical Park. Miller is wholly qualified for the position and personally represents the history of the park as a Tlingit of the Shangukeidí clan with some Russian heritage, said SHI President Rosita Worl.


Sealaska Heritage sponsored a horn-spoon carving workshop in Ketchikan this month in an effort to ensure the endangered art of goat horn spoon carving is passed on to future generations. The four-day course was taught by Steve Brown and the acclaimed Tlingit artist Nathan Jackson stopped by for a visit! This photo blog gives a peek inside.

Skin-sewing workshops
Regionwide classes

SHI is launching a region-wide program to teach skin sewing in an effort to perpetuate the traditional art practice of using sea otter fur and to create cottage industries in Southeast Alaska. Through SHI’s Sustainable Arts Program, offered through the institute’s Jinéit Art Academy, the institute will sponsor 11 workshops in ten communities across the region.

Native wisdom & the Arctic

SHI President Rosita Worl took part in the opening panel for the Arctic Frost Annual Network Meeting this morning at the Baranof Hotel, a three-day event focused on building collaboration among governments, Indigenous organizations and researchers in sustainable development in the Arctic. 


The City and Borough of Juneau has passed a resolution naming the intersection of Front and Seward Streets “Heritage Square,” bolstering Sealaska Heritage Institute’s effort to designate Juneau and the region the Northwest Coast art capital of the world. The resolution passed Monday and received no opposition from the assembly.

cultural orientations
fall schedule out

SHI is recruiting teachers and education administrators in the Juneau School District for its fall 2018 cultural orientation program. The program, Thru the Cultural Lens, is a cultural-connectedness project for educators and pays a stipend to participants who complete the seminars...(more) (Flyer)


KINY—The Sealaska Heritage Institute will be exhibiting a traditional set of armor and weapons that a Tlingit warrior would use during the 1800s with some pieces being recreated by artists ... Items include fearsome war helmets, collars, slat chest armor, a copper dagger, and an iron spear.

the making of bronze posts

Photo essay: Bronze posts and a peek behind the curtain: The anatomy of making, installing and celebrating SHI's new house posts.

Horn Spoon Carving
Class kicks off

SHI is kicking off a horn-spoon carving class in Juneau today in an effort to save the ancient but endangered Northwest Coast art practice. SHI sought funding for the program after artists at a regional gathering identified horn-spoon carving as an endangered art practice and a priority.

In the news:
Price heads to UAS

By Alex McCarthy, Juneau Empire—Already a well known name in Southeast Alaska and in Alaska Native artwork, Tlingit Master Carver Wayne Price is preparing to pass on his knowledge to university students in Juneau. The University of Alaska Southeast announced this month that Price is joining the school as an associate professor of Northwest Coast Arts. 


SHI has acquired the last Chilkat robe ever made by the famed Tlingit weaver Jennie Thlunaut, one of the most celebrated Northwest Coast master weavers of the twentieth century who is credited with single-handedly keeping the tradition alive. SHI was able to purchase the robe because the sellers slashed the price...

In the news:
Bronze posts unveiled

By Steve Quinn, KTVA—Downtown Juneau has a new look. Standing in the heart of the capital city are three bronze totem poles – each about 8 feet tall. Sealaska Heritage Institute commissioned three Southeast Alaska artists to create the poles...