SHI sponsors lectures by students and scholars researching Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian languages, cultures and history. Lectures are generally held in Juneau in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month, SHI's Visiting Scholars Program and Celebration. The lectures at the Walter Soboleff Building are free and offered as a public service. For noon lectures, guests are invited to bring a bagged lunch. Videos of past lectures can be viewed here.
Upcoming: November Lecture Series
- Kaalaxch’s Endeavors: A Preeminent Jilkáat Tlingit Leader and the Coming of the Americans
By Dr. Steve Langdon, professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Department of Anthropology
Nov. 8, 2017
Living History Room, Walter Soboleff Building, Juneau
Free, open to the public
In his talk, Langdon will discuss the career of Kaalaxch, who lived in Klukwan at the time of the assertion of jurisdiction by the United States government in 1867. Kaalaxch endeavored to sustain Tlingit sovereignty and culture without endangering Tlingit lives in violent encounters with the colonizing federal interlopers who sought to intimidate and subject the Tlingit people to military authority.