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SHI aims to rebuild stocks to culturally, archaeologically indicated levels at historical locations
By Mary Catharine Martin
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Archaeological records and cultural memory indicate that in addition to being more abundant in Southeast Alaska, herring spawning locations were once more consistent. Though the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says its data don’t support either conclusion, a new program at the Sealaska Heritage Institute intends to restore herring to areas where they proliferated...(more)

Alaska museums awarded grants for exhibits, training
By Heather Bryant
KTOO
Three Alaska groups have received more than $142,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The money will go toward a Tlingit clan hat exhibit in Juneau, the Whale House exhibit in Haines and a training workshop for small museums. The grant supports Native American and Native Hawaiian museum projects. Sealaska Heritage Institute President Rosita Worl says their grant will go toward the costs of an exhibit on the history and significance of Tlingit clan hats...(more)

Summer books roundup
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
It’s an exciting time to be a book lover in Alaska — the literary scene across the state seems to get better every year, with books by and about Alaskans released faster than most readers can possibly keep up with them. If you have a long flight or ferry ride planned for the coming weeks as part of a summer vacation, take advantage of the opportunity to check out what your fellow Alaskans have been up to. Here’s a sampling of titles to get you started...(more) (Buy Killer Whale Eyes)

SHI now on AmazonSmile
If you ever shop at Amazon.com please consider signing up for their AmazonSmile program. SHI is now registered for the program and Amazon will donate .5% of the price of your purchases to SHI whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. The donation will not change the total cost of your purchase. And, AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know--same products, same prices, same service. Simply sign up here the next time you go to the site, and it will save that setting for all of your future shopping. Please help spread the word! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/92-0081844

Herring search spans millennia
By Mary Catharine Martin
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Southeast Alaska’s Pacific herring populations seem to be on the rebound, but even in fisheries regarded as healthy, some contend herring are significantly depleted from historical levels indicated by archaeological records and cultural memory. Herring have long been used by Tlingit, Haida and other Native peoples, who harvested eggs on kelp or hemlock branches hung in the water during a spawn, or gathered the fish themselves for meat, oil and bait. The commercial fishery wasn’t managed like it is today until industrial fishing had been underway for decades...(more)

SHI to sponsor basketball camp
SHI will sponsor its annual Latseen Hoop Camp in Juneau this year. This is an innovative program designed to integrate the Tlingit language into an intensive week of basketball camp. The program creates a fun and supportive learning environment for you to develop your basketball skills and fundamentals while also learning your language. The camp is for students in grades 5-12 and is scheduled Aug. 4-8, 10am-4:30 at the University of Alaska Southeast Rec Center. To apply, submit an application to Michael Hoyt, michael.hoyt@sealaska.com, 907.586.9166. (Application) (Flyer)

Hands-on learning
Carving project highlights modern aspects of apprenticeship tradition
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
When Haida carvers Joe and TJ Young were teenagers in Hydaburg 20 years ago, apprenticeship opportunities there were scarce. To learn the basics of carving and design, they built on carpentry skills learned in high school and cultural knowledge passed on from their grandfather, Claude Morrison. The rest they picked up wherever they could. “Most recently, I apprenticed with Robert Davidson, but before that we kind of did a lot of it on our own,” TJ Young said. “We never really got to apprentice under anyone. It would have been nice. It was trial and error for a long time, but we’re starting to understand a few things and learn from our mistakes"...(more)

Math and Culture Academy wraps
Farewell to our Math and Culture Academy students, who leave for home today. They came to Juneau from Angoon, Hoonah, Klukwan and Hydaburg to learn math through culture. They also learned Native languages through our basketball camp. They were a fantastic group of kids! Photo by Brian Wallace. Funded through a grant from the Alaska Native Education Program.

Annual Report now available
SHI's annual report showing highlights of programs in 2013 is now available. Read a .pdf online or request a hard copy from Kathy Dye at kathy.dye@sealaska.com. This year's edition includes QR codes to play videos about our programs on your smart phone. You can also watch a video, which shows some highlights from 2013. The year 2013 was a significant year for SHI, as we broke ground on the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau! Thanks to everyone who made 2013 a great year! (.pdf) (Video)

Celebration thank you from SHI
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Thank you to everyone who helped to make Celebration 2014 happen. It was one of our best Celebrations ever and on behalf of Sealaska Heritage Institute, I thank the following people, organizations and businesses who helped make it come together: Sponsors: Copper ($10,000 and up): Sealaska, City and Borough of Juneau; Platinum ($5,000 - 9,999): Alaska Airlines, BP Alaska, Carla Kleefeld and Celeste Worl, Managed Business Solutions, LLC; Gold...(more)

Wells Fargo gives $50,000 for Walter Soboleff Center
A HUGE thank you to Wells Fargo, which donated $50,000 to SHI for the Walter Soboleff Center during Celebration 2014. The check was presented by Darren Franz, Alaska Regional Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo. Also, many thanks to Rod Worl and Dawn Dinwoodie, who gave a $25,000 donation during Celebration! For a complete list of everyone who made donations to the center during Celebration click here. (Photo by Brian Wallace)

Master carver urges young artists to do their formline 'homework'
Wayne Price, winner of five awards in SHI's Juried Art Show last week, reminds students to look to the past
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct a reporting error regarding Wayne Price's clan affiliation. Price is a member of the Shark House in Kake. Tlingit carver Wayne Price has a message for Southeast Alaska’s Northwest Coast artists: Hold yourselves to the same standard of excellence that your ancestors did. “Long ago our ancestors had a real high artistic standard, and it’s always been my goal as an artist to maintain that high standard,” Price said Wednesday...(more)

SHI raises Soboleff Center funds during Celebration
By Casey Kelly
KTOO
Sealaska Heritage Institute raised more than $75,000 last week during Celebration for the Walter Soboleff Center under construction in downtown Juneau. The nonprofit is about $2 million short of the $20 million it needs to pay for the building, which will house the institute’s offices and collections. It also will feature space for SHI’s language program, art exhibits and an artist-in-residence program. The 29,000 square foot facility is expected to open by early 2015. “This will help Juneau become the new Northwest coast art capital of the world,” said Sealaska Corp. board chair Albert Kookesh, who led a fundraising pitch from the Celebration stage on Saturday...(more)

Weaving a journey of change
By Lisa Phu
KTOO
In early 2011, Della Cheney started weaving a Ravenstail robe for her daughter in honor of her doctoral degree. She had weaved about a quarter of it, when she began to feel not right. “I knew something was wrong but I didn’t know, so I went to get my yearly test and they found something abnormal,” Cheney says. She was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. She stopped weaving and had to have surgery and chemotherapy. A year later, Cheney went back to the robe and started over. This meant undoing 14 inches of weaving, more than a year’s worth of work...(more)

$75K raised for Soboleff Center during Celebration
JUNEAU EMPIRE
More than $75,000 was raised during Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Celebration 2014 for the Walter Soboleff Center, the Sealaska cultural center under construction downtown. The money will go toward the facility’s construction, Sealaska board chairman Albert Kookesh said in a news release. “The center will house the activities for the Sealaska Heritage Institute and perpetuate our heritage into the future,” he said...(more)

Weaving a new Native narrative in museums
Portland Art Museum presenting Native art,voices
By Melissa Griffiths
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Who is the Indian in the museum? “The narrative ... is crafted largely by the museum, and not the Native communities,” Portland Art Museum Curator of Native American Art Deana Dartt said. Dartt is hoping to change how the Native story is told — and she thinks the Portland Art Museum is ready to do it. “I’m native, coastal Chumash from Santa Barbara,” Dartt said. “I’ve always been interested in our art forms and our history and how museums represent us.” She said she grew up in a place, Los Angeles, where “Indians are invisible"...(more)

Regalia button business becomes a family affair
Button Man trains Button Boy to take over family business
By Rebecca Salsman
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Small businesses often make people think of mom and pop shops passed down from one generation to the next. For lifelong Juneau resident Gary Waid, his story is a little different. When Alaska Native culture, particularly Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian, was “coming back to life” through a cultural revival, Waid began searching Ebay for regalia buttons. He collected mother of pearl buttons from the National Button Society and people’s old filing cabinets until he established his business 15 years ago, which has become a niche in the Native community...(more)

Jubilation Incarnate: Watch Sealaska's Celebration 2014 honor Alaska Native heritage
INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY
The crowd of 2,000 danced, jingled and drummed their way to Juneau’s Centennial Hall Wednesday evening for Celebration 2014. And that was just the dancers. It was a Grand Entrance to beat all Grand Entrances, as thousands thronged to see the 50 dance troupes jump start the biennial festival known as Celebration on June 11. The processional was led by Saanya Kwaan, the Cape Fox dancers, and by now the Sealaska’s biennial Celebration is in full tilt...(more)

Whale House lecture now online
If you missed the lecture "Chief Son-i-Hat Whale House Restoration and Preservation Project," it's now available on Vimeo and YouTube online. The lecture was given by Richard Peterson, president of Tlingit and Haida Central Council, and Frederick Olsen, Jr., vice president of the Organized Village of Kasaan on restoring the oldest Haida structure in the world...(more) (Vimeo) (YouTube)

Saanya Kwáan takes center role in Celebration 2014
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Harvey Shields remembers attending the first Celebration in 1982 as a member of the Saanya Kwáan (Cape Fox) Dancers, led by his mother, Martha Shields. More than three decades later, he’s here to lead Saanya Kwáan with his sister, Sarah Abbot, as official hosts of Celebration 2014. Shields said the group has been preparing since Celebration 2012, when their role as hosts was announced by Sealaska Heritage Institute. “When we learned we’d be the host for this year, we started our fundraisers to get as many dancers as we could,” he said. “Our dancers are in Anchorage, in Juneau, in Seattle, as far away as Virginia and some in California. So we include them in on this if they can make it"...(more)

Celebration Photos
The Washington Post sent a team to Juneau to cover Celebration 2014. Check out this photo album by photojournalist Linda Davidson...(more)

Lecture cancelled
SHI's lecture by Dr. Thomas Thornton on alpine stone refuges and other rock cairn features in Southeast Alaska has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Please join us at 3:00, Friday, at the Goldbelt Chilkat Room for our final lecture given by Richard J. Peterson and Frederick Olsen on the Whale House restoration and preservation project.

Sealaska Heritage seeks to be the hub of Northwest Coast art
By Lisa Phu
KTOO
Sealaska Heritage Institute’s biennial Juried Art Show and Competition is raising the bar for Native artists in Southeast Alaska. This year’s juror David Robert Boxley says the competition creates an environment for artists to constantly keep striving...David Robert Boxley says it was agonizing to pick the 10 winners of the seventh Juried Art Show and Competition from the roughly 30 pieces submitted. “The winners were chosen in a way that I hope will show what’s possible,” he says. Boxley is a Tsimshian artist from Metlakatla and the son of prominent carver David Boxley. His father just finished his 72nd totem pole. David R. Boxley started carving when he was six, learning from his father. He says Sealaska Heritage Institute’s competition pushes the standard of art being made in Southeast Alaska...(more)

Interactive map visualizes Tlingit connection to land
Taku River Tlingit names, stories and more on new interactive map
By Melissa Griffiths
JUNEAU EMPIRE
One cannot separate Tlingit history from the land, and it’s never been easier to understand why, with a collaboration between the Taku River Tlingit First Nation and the University of British Columbia. During Celebration on Thursday afternoon, Nicole Gordon, of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation of Atlin, and Christine Schreyer, assistant professor of anthropology at UBC-Okanagan, presented “Demonstration of Taku River Tlingit First Nation Place Names Map and Website.” The lecture provided background information about the creation of the interactive map and a tutorial on its use...(more)

Photos: Thursday Celebration
By Michael Penn
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Photos from Thursday's Celebration events...(more)

Raven stories lecture now online
If you missed the lecture by Richard and Nora Marks Dauenhauer on Raven stories you can now watch it online on Vimeo and YouTube. Their book on Raven stories is projected to be volume 5 of their "Classics of Tlingit Oral Literature" to be co-published by Sealaska Heritage Institute. (Vimeo) (YouTube)

Click to watch show on VimeoJuried Art Show awards ceremony now online!
If you missed our awards ceremony on Wednesday, you can now watch it online on Vimeo and YouTube. See the incredible pieces that took top prizes. Special thanks to our juror, David R. Boxley, who chose six artists for awards in three categories and best of show in SHI's seventh Juried Art Show and Competition. (Vimeo) (YouTube)

Sealaska Southeast "Celebration" photo gallery
By Rick Boots
KTVA-TV
The biennial “Celebration” – put on by Sealaska – kicked off Wednesday in Juneau. Events celebrating the arts, culture, language and history of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people continue through Saturday...(more)

Tlingit carver Wayne Price takes top honor at Celebration art show
By Lisa Phu
KTOO
Tlingit carver and artist Wayne Price of Haines took Best of Show in the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s seventh Juried Art Show and Competition. Price’s ‘Dancing Raven Hat’ is a painted hat made of red cedar and otter fur. The piece also took third place in the Formline Art category. Price’s other works – ‘Quantum Raven’ Paddle and ‘Mother Whale’ Paddle took first and second places in Formline, the show’s newest category. Here are the complete results...(more)

2,000 dancers make a Grand Entrance to Celebration
By Rosemarie Alexander
KTOO
The biennial festival is the largest cultural event in the state. Organized by Sealaska Heritage Institute, it brings multiple generations of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people together to celebrate their culture. The Saanya Kwaan, Cape Fox dancers, were chosen to lead the processional of 50 dance groups in the Grand Entrance. Harvey Shields is the leader of the Chief welcome dance....(more)

Juried Art Show recognizes exemplary works
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
In introducing the winners of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s seventh biennial Juried Art Show and Competition Wednesday evening, juror and Tsimshian artist David R. Boxley took a few moments to express his great passion for Northwest Coast Art. “The true beauty of Northwest Coast Art is its great complexity, which is often mistaken for elegant simplicity,” he said. “It isn’t simple. The two-dimensional, sculptural and woven work of our ancestors is as sophisticated as any great art form in the history of the world"...(more)

Photos: Celebration
JUNEAU EMPIRE
The Sealaska Heritage Institute 2014 Celebration officially kicked of Wednesday in Juneau. Many gathered for the unofficial start of the event at Sandy Beach, to welcome canoes from various Southeast Alaska communities. Later, in downtown Juneau, the event officially kicked off with the Grand Entrance parade into Centennial Hall...(more)

Winners of Juried Art Competition announced
Six artists have taken top awards at Sealaska Heritage Institute’s seventh Juried Art Show and Competition in Juneau. The winners, chosen by juror David Boxley, a prominent Tsimshian artist, are: Best of Show, Wayne Price—Dancing Raven Hat; 1st place Northwest Coast Customary Art, Pauline Duncan—Ravenstail Set...(more)

Killer Whale Eyes
By Emily Russo Miller
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Haida author pens her first children's book: Story telling, booksigning to take place during Celebration
As a little girl, Sondra Simone Segundo spent her summers in Hydaburg where her grandmother and great-grandmother lived. There, she heard Haida stories passed down from generation to generation about her ancestors. One story struck her in particular. Her uncle regaled her with the tale about a family member who 500 years ago left home to work for the settlers who came to Southeast Alaska. His family was fearful, as many others had gone and never returned...(more)

All Nations Children's dance group fosters cultural identity
By Scott Burton
KTOO
Celebration begins this evening at 6 o’clock with the Grand Entrance procession to Centennial Hall. The four-day cultural event of Southeast Alaska Natives includes 50 dance groups. Among them is All Nations Children’s Dance Group of Juneau. The group formed in 1995 and has about 80 members. I attended a recent practice and learned that singing and dancing is a foundation for much more...(more)

More than dance
Jameses teach history, culture through movement and song
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
The floorboards of Lyle and Kolene James’ living room vibrated to the rhythm of drum-beats and the foot-falls of more than 40 Woosh.ji.een dancers Sunday afternoon during a high-energy rehearsal for Celebration, Sealaska Heritage Institute’s biennial dance and cultural festival. With their performances only days away, there was much to be done...(more) (Celebration 2014 Special Section)

Sealaska Heritage Institute releases children's book
Author to do book signing, storytelling during Celebration
SHI has published a children's book inspired by Haida stories in an effort to increase the volume of materials available to teach Southeast Alaska Native culture to young people. Killer Whale Eyes was written and illustrated by Sondra Simone Segundo of the Raven Clan, Double Fin Killer Whale Crest, Brown Bear House. Segundo, whose maternal grandparents are Haida from Southeast Alaska, created the tale, which was inspired by Native beliefs and Haida stories that were passed down over the years. She dedicated Killer Whale Eyes to her uncle, Miijuu (the late Claude Morrison, a well-known fluent Haida speaker), and her aunt, Viola Burgess, both of whom helped translate some words to Haida. She also dedicated it to her aunt Louise (Morrison) Arrington, who supported her work on the book...(more) (Buy) (News Article)

Traditional foods with a modern twist
By Rebecca Salsman
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Historically, soapberry dishes were made at ceremonial gatherings and considered an uncommon treat. Thanks to the biennial event Celebration, people have the chance to make and taste the dish this week. Starting as small green and red dots, the soapberries will grow into large frothy desserts at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. Like popular Food Network shows, the dishes will be made in front of a live audience and the winners will receive a cash prize of $500, $250 or $100. Participants can also submit seaweed dishes for the other Traditional Food Contest, which will be judged at 7 p.m. Thursday at the JACC...(more)

Celebration to kick off next week
SHI will kick off its biennial Celebration next week, marking the 32nd year since the inception of the popular dance-and-culture festival. Celebration is a major event organized by Sealaska Heritage Institute every two years. First held in 1982, it has become the largest cultural event in the state, drawing thousands of people to the capital. It's a time when Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people come together to celebrate their survival as a culture, said SHI President Rosita Worl, adding it's also a community event open to the general public. "Everyone is welcome at Celebration. We hope that non-Native people will attend our event. We want people to come and learn and celebrate our culture," Worl said...(more) (Schedule) (Venues Map)

Volunteer orientation scheduled for Thursday
There will be a brief orientation for Celebration volunteers at 6:00 pm, Thursday, June 5th, Centennial Hall, Egan Room. We’ll be discussing some of the aspects of volunteering including: roles, expectations, passes, when and where to check in during celebration, what to do in emergencies, and what to do when conflicts arise. If you know anyone who is interested in volunteering, but hasn’t signed up, encourage them to show up for this meeting, or to contact volunteer coordinator Mike Hoyt at michael.hoyt@sealaska.com or 586-9166.

SHI to unveil pieces accepted for Juried Art Show
Awards to be announced next week
SHI will open its seventh, biennial Juried Art Show on Friday and announce the winners next week at the start of Celebration 2014. The show will open on June 6, during First Friday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center (JACC) and run through June 28. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony scheduled 4pm, Wednesday, July 11 at the JACC. Winners will receive prizes in the following categories...(more)

SHI receives national award for archives, library
SHI is one of eight organizations to receive a national award for archives institutional excellence. The award, which recognizes SHI Archivist and Collections Manager Zach Jones (pictured), was announced today by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, which said in part:“The development of the SHI Library, Archives, and Collections Program has followed a careful and deliberate path from a site-based repository to a priceless resource of rare books, photographs, recordings, and manuscripts accessible online from anywhere in the world. Creating partnerships with local, national, and international organizations, SHI has ensured that collections donated to the archive encompassing Tlingit oral histories, Alaska Native Brotherhood have been processed and made accessible employing the highest professional standards.Exemplary is the current project to reveal the hidden treasures in their Tlingit language recordings by migrating cassette tapes to digital format and employing native speakers who listen and record metadata about the oral history and traditional ecological knowledge contained therein"...(more)

SHI seeking EMTs for Celebration 2014
Sealaska Heritage Institute seeks to have EMTs present at Celebration 2014, located in Centennial Hall, Juneau, Alaska from June 12 to 14, 2014. EMTs will be stationed at a public table and make themselves available to assist with any emergency medical needs. Proposal Submission: Interested applicants should submit their resume and a one-page cover letter explaining their experience and interest in working for Sealaska Heritage Institute. Applications can be delivered in person at Sealaska’s offices to Zachary R. Jones or sent via email to zachary.jones@sealaska.com. For questions call 907-586-9261...(more)

Celebration 2014 Grand Entrance
Grand Entrance will take place at 6pm, Wednesday, June 11 (instead of Thursday morning). Dancers need to line up at 4:30 at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. Please help spread the word.

A Juneau Afternoon
By Shona Strauser
KTOO-FM
A conversation with SHI's Sarah Dybdahl and Lee Kadinger on Celebration 2014 and the Walter Soboleff Center...(more) (Starts at 29:35)

Soboleff Center takes shape
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
The Walter Soboleff Center has quickly taken shape on the corner of Front and Seward Streets downtown, filling in the space once known as “the Pit” with a three-story, contemporary building designed to serve as a Northwest Coast cultural center for Sealaska Heritage Institute. Following the recent addition of 40-foot yellow cedar panels and large stretches of glass, the structure now looks fairly complete from the outside, less than 10 months after a groundbreaking ceremony was held on the empty lot where the center now stands. Massive cedar beams above the entrances are reminiscent of the roofline of a traditional clan house, hinting at the building’s function as a Native art and culture center. And there’s much more to come, including exterior artwork that will be an unmistakable signal to visitors that the center’s purpose and contents are unique to Southeast Alaska...(more)

Tlingit clan hat sells for $365,000
Southeast organizers raised more than $26k for failed bid
By Melissa Griffiths
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Despite the efforts of the organizers and many supporters, a Tlingit clan hat up for auction will not return to its home in Wrangell — at least not yet. It was with disappointment, but not despair, that Mike Aak’wtaatseen Hoyt announced on the Facebook page, “Help Return A Sacred Tlingit Clan Hat Up For Auction,” that the Kiks.ádi clan hat Southeast Alaska residents tried to procure sold at Sotheby’s for $365,000. “This isn’t the end of the story. Sotheby’s doesn’t get to decide that,” Hoyt wrote. “As long as we hear the hat calling to us to come home, and we keep calling to it in our words and actions, we’ll keep moving forward to that moment of return"...(more)

Natives rallying to rescue sacred Tlingit hat from auction
Indian Country Today
Today, May 21, at 2:30 PM eastern, Sotheby's will auction a number of Native American items in a sale titled "Arts of the American West," and a concerned group of Alaska Natives is working against the clock to return Lot 88 to its owners. The item is listed as "Rare Northwest Coast Polychromed Wood Clan Hat, Tsimshian or Tlingit," andthe description at Sothebys.comis pretty straightforward, concentrating on the materials and craftsmanship. No details of the hat's provenance or meaning are provided. A page created to at GoFundMe.com that seeks donations to buy the hat is more informative. It's identified as "a sacred Tlingit clan hat of the Wrangell Kiks.ádi clan"...(more)

Reviving Tlingit language
By KCAW News
Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Tlingit Mentor Apprentice Program is designed to increase the number of fluent speakers under the age of 60. Program coordinator Jasmine James discusses how it works...(more)

SHI hires new art director
SHI has hired a new art director to manage and expand its art programs as the institute prepares to open the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau next year. SHI hired Kari Groven, a well-known fixture in the Juneau arts community who has been instrumental in developing the Juneau Arts and Culture Center (JACC) into one of the town’s most vibrant art hubs. The institute was searching for a candidate with very specific skills, and Kari was a near perfect match for the position, said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more)

When auction house looks to Tlingit art, the sacred goes on sale
Many in Southeast work to purchase clan hat to return it to its rightful home
By Melissa Griffiths
JUNEAU EMPIRE
There are stories of wars fought over hats, Harold Jacobs said. Not just any hats — Tlingit clan hats carry the weight of history, the voices of ancestors and significance beyond what is easily fathomed in Western culture. Jacobs, Cultural Resource Specialist with Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, saw that a Tlingit hat would be on Sotheby’s New York auction block May 21. With not even a week until the auction, he and others with an interest in seeing the hat returned to its owners, thought to be the Kiks.ádi clan of Wrangell, are taking action. With several objects of Tlingit, Haida or Tsimshian origin featured in the Sotheby’s auction, it is important to understand why this hat has garnered the attention it has from people in the Tlingit community. “Hats are the most important object any clan can have,” Jacobs said. He brought up the Tlingit concept of Haa Shagoon, which is defined as recognizing the bonds between our ancestors, current generation and future generations, according to a glossary on the Sealaska Heritage Institute site. “This hat represents the clan,” Sealaska Heritage Institute Director Rosita Worl said..(more)

The Dauenhauers teach tour guides how to teach tourists
By Emily Forman
KCAW
Two of greatest living scholars on Sitka’s Russian and Tlingit past were in Sitka last week to train National Park rangers on the historic battles that took place here. Park rangers give programs, of course, but sometimes they’ll interact with visitors for only a few minutes at a time. So the challenge is: How do you teach visitors about the culture in a way that will have impact – when the most commonly-asked question is “Where’s the bathroom?” I’m on a bus tour. All the passengers are trained historical interpreters. And the tour guides are the leading scholars on the topic. They literally wrote the book. Dick: One of the earliest recordings of the history is from Sally Hopkins. And her daughter asked Nora if she would transcribe and translate this…Nora and Dick Dauenhauer are the author’s of Russians in Tlingit America – the definitive work on the battles of 1802 and 1804...(more)

Application deadline extended for the 2014 Math and Culture Academy!
SHI is currently accepting applications for our 2014 Math and Culture Academy. This academy will bring together 50 middle school students from Angoon, Hoonah, Klukwan, Hydaburg and Juneau for 10 days to enhance their math skills through traditional cultural ways of knowing. The academy will be held at the University of Alaska Southeast from June 20 to July 1, 2014. Travel, food, and accommodations will be provided at no cost to the participants. All students will stay on campus with chaperones. If a school district employee or parent is interested in being a chaperone please let us know. Please share information with your middle schools students about the Summer Math and Culture Academy. To register for the academy students need to submit an application packet by April 30, 2014. Packets can be emailed, mailed or faxed to Rachael DeMarce, rachael.demarce@sealaska.com; fax: 907.586.9293; mail: One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 301, Juneau, AK 99801. (Flyer) (Registration Packet)

Tlingit clans bring back traditional memorial ceremonies to Wrangell
By Rosita Worl
FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE
Recently, for the first time in many decades, Tlingit clans in Wrangell held a ku.éex’ (memorial ceremony). These ancient ceremonies, which are still practiced by clans regionwide, were almost stamped out of Wrangell after U.S. military strikes there in the 1800s and a long period of cultural suppression. But on April 26, the ku.éex’ returned. It was truly an historic event. I was honored to attend the Kiks.ádi and the Teeyhíttaan ku.éex’, during which Richard Rinehart Jr., and Michael John Hoyt were appointed and validated as Sháade háni (clan leaders) of their respective clans. Richard also received the name of Tashee, which was held by former clan leader Herb Bradley...(more)

SHI seeking educators, artists for Jinéit Art Academy
SHI still has some spots available for artists and educators who want to participate in our Jinéit Art Academy. We’re seeking an artist from Angoon, an educator from Craig, and artist/educator teams from Ketchikan, Sitka, Hydaburg and Haines. Educators may be certified teachers, para educators, para professionals, special-ed assistants, Indian studies staff, and classroom/teacher assistants. Educators will learn to teach Northwest Coast formline art and Native artists will learn to teach design. The academy will be June 2-6 in Juneau. Travel and lodging provided by SHI. To apply, contact Shaa at shaa@sealaska.com or 907.586.9129…(more) (Flyer) (Teacher Application) (Artist Application)

Compete for top prizes in SHI's traditional food contests
Applications are now available for people who want to compete in our traditional food contests during Celebration 2014. SHI will sponsor a soapberry contest and a black seaweed contest during the event, scheduled June 11-14 in Juneau. Top three winners will receive prizes of $500, $250 and $100. For more information, contact Contest Coordinator Jasmine James, jasmine.james@sealaska.com or 907.586.9264. (Seaweed Contest Application) (Soapberry Contest Application)

Project to restore herring, starting with Sitka
By Emily Forman
KCAW
Before statehood and the advent of scientific management, Southeast Alaska’s herring populations were harvested — and depleted — without much thought for the future. Herring reduction plants were numerous in the region in the early twentieth century, but the industry was short-lived. Many believe the herring population in Sitka Sound now is a fraction of what it was in those days, and wonder if herring stocks — like salmon — can be restored. A recent grant intends to launch that effort. Just look at Raven Radio’s Facebook page. Photos of active herring spawn in Sitka Sound and hemlock branches coated with eggs are the kind of posts that go viral. It’s clear that many more than the 9,000 people that live in Sitka are herring obsessed. “Culturally it’s important obviously as a major subsistence resource in the Sitka area but also very important in trade,” says Chuck Smythe, the Director of the history and culture department at Sealaska Heritage Institute...(more)

Remaining Tlingit items at Yale cause uproar
By Christina Rose
INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY
When stories of stolen Tlingit objects at the Yale Peabody Natural History Museum hit the press this week, museum officials came under fire. Yale was not alone in having these kinds of items in their collection. In 1899, the Harriman Expedition, loaded with scientists, artists, and collectors ransacked an Alaskan Tlingit village, abandoned following a small pox epidemic. They brought the items back and distributed them to museums all over the country...(more)

Staying connected with Native culture
KTUU-TV
Today was the final day of a four day skin sewing workshop at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Participants learned to stretch hides, cut patterns and hand sew hats and scarves made out of fur. It was put on by the Sealaska Heritage Institute as part of its Southeast Alaska Sustainable Arts project. One participant said she sewed as a kid and enjoyed making moccasins, scarves and hats with her grandmother…(more) (at the 04:45 mark)

Panel questions Peabody ownership
By Stephanie Rogers
Yale Daily News
A recent campus debate about two carvings at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History has sparked a broader discussion about the role of museums to return culturally important objects. At a panel discussion in the Yale Hall of Graduate Studies last Tuesday afternoon, panelist Ashley Dalton ’15 outlined the history of these objects and called upon museums like the Peabody to publicly address the historical trauma with which they are associated while still emphasizing native continuity and agency. Dalton and Peabody officials agree that the museum has no current legal obligation to return the objects. However, other speakers from University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Smithsonian who presented on other topics related to artifact repatriation — the act of returning a cultural object home — argued that the museum should still be even more proactive to obtain formal written requests to return objects that are sacred to native groups...(more)

A bridge between generations: Cyril George remembered
He was 'one of the master storytellers of our time'
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Noted Tlingit elder Cyril George Sr., leader of the Deisheetaan (Raven/Beaver) clan from Khaakáak’w Hít (Basket Bay Arch House) of Angoon, died April 15 in Anchorage at age 92. George, former mayor of Angoon, had lived in Juneau since 1975. George was remembered this past week for his gifts as an orator, storyteller and culture bearer, as well as for his role as a bridge between generations. Right up until the last months of his life, he regularly visited Tlingit language classrooms at the University of Alaska Southeast, documented Tlingit history and language through video recordings, and forged strong bonds with young people, including his 84 grandchildren, telling them clan stories over and over so they wouldn’t be forgotten...(more)

Alaska becomes the second state to officially recognize indigenous languages
By Casey Kelly
KTOO-FM
Supporters of a bill to make 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages organized a 15 hour sit-in protest at the Capitol on Sunday. Their dedication paid off early this morning, when the measure passed the Alaska Senate on an 18-2 vote. House Bill 216 passed the Alaska House of Representatives last week, 38-0. It now heads to Governor Sean Parnell for his signature. Dozens of people of all ages and races, many wearing their Easter finest, gathered in the hall outside Sen. Lesil McGuire’s office. The Anchorage Republican and chair of the Senate Rules Committee had the power to put House Bill 216 on the Senate’s calendar. But with end of the legislative session looming, the bill’s supporters worried it was getting caught up in last-minute, behind-the-scenes politics...(more)

Tribe seeks return of artifacts taken from abandoned Alaska village
By Alex DeMarban
ALASKA DISPATCH
A prominent Southeast Alaska cultural leader says that Yale University's museum that has held onto a pair of Tlingit carvings taken from an abandoned village more than a century ago should voluntarily return the items instead of waiting for tribal officials to make a formal request. Courtesy Yale University
An East Coast museum that houses a pair of Tlingit carvings taken from an abandoned village more than a century ago should voluntarily return the items instead of waiting for tribal officials to make a formal request, said a prominent cultural leader from Southeast Alaska. At issue are a pair of large wooden crests on display at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University...(more)

Lecture on herring now online
If you missed our lecture on herring by Dr. Madonna Moss, you can now watch it online. Moss, a professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon, has studied herring bones at 16 archaeological sites in Southeast Alaska that date back 10,000 years. In her talk, she reveals some of her findings so far. Her work is important because current data on past herring runs and human reliance on them dates only to the mid 1900s, so her research gives a clearer historical picture. The study may be an invaluable tool to improve resource management of herring fisheries, which are considered by many to be a depleted resource here. (Video) (Video Library)

Call for apprentices: Gajaa Hít totem pole and house screen
Deadline to apply is April 24
SHI and the Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA) are recruiting for three apprentice positions. Apprentices will work with Native carvers, Joe Young and TJ Young on the completion of the Gajaa Hít Project in Juneau. Two apprentice carvers will work on an Eagle totem pole and one apprentice carver will work on a house screen, both in the traditional Northwest Coast art style. Carving will take place at Gajaa Hít and on the Sealaska Plaza terrace in downtown Juneau. Apprentices will earn $5,000 to $10,000...(more) (Call For Apprentices)

SHI seeking teachers, artists for Jinéit Art Academy
Teams to create formline teaching kits for schools
SHI is seeking K-12 teachers and Native artists from seven communities to participate in the institute’s Jinéit Art Academy in Juneau. The teachers and artists will collaborate during the academy to create kits, which will be used to teach formline design, a term that describes the intricate shapes found in the distinctive Northwest Coast art. The academy is scheduled June 2-6 in Juneau and is open to applicants in Angoon, Yakutat, Craig, Haines, Hydaburg, Ketchikan and Sitka. SHI’s Jinéit Art Academy will pay for travel and lodging...(more) (Flyer) (Teacher Application) (Artist Application)

Be a volunteer for Celebration 2014!
SHI relies on volunteers to make Celebration happen. We could not do it without them. We need 200 volunteers--people who donate a minimum of four hours get a free, one-day pass. To volunteer, submit an application to Volunteer Coordinator: Mike Hoyt, 907.586.9166, michael.hoyt@sealaska.com. (Application)

SHI to sponsor Latseen Leadership Academy
Institute accepting applicatinos through May 16
Applications are now available for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s annual Latseen Leadership Academy program. SHI for the first time will offer the program in two Southeast Alaska villages. This year’s academies for high school students will be held July 6-19 on Prince of Wales Island and July 19-31 in Angoon. Travel scholarships are available for students living outside of those areas. Students will be placed at one of the camps according to their proximity to the camp locations...(more)

SHI to sponsor lecture on new research on ancient herring populations
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a lecture in April to unveil intriguing research on ancient herring populations in Alaska and Native people’s long-term reliance on the resource. Lecturer Dr. Madonna Moss, professor of anthropology at University of Oregon, has studied herring bones at 16 archaeological sites in Southeast Alaska that date back 10,000 years. In her talk, she’ll reveal some of her findings so far...(more)

SHI to sponsor lecture on new research on ancient herring populations
SHI will sponsor a lecture in April to unveil intriguing research on ancient herring populations in Alaska and Native people’s long-term reliance on the resource. Lecturer Dr. Madonna Moss, professor of anthropology at University of Oregon, has studied herring bones at 16 archaeological sites in Southeast Alaska that date back 10,000 years. In her talk, she’ll reveal some of her findings so far. Her work is important because current data on past herring runs and human reliance on them dates only to the mid 1900s, so her research will give a much clearer historical picture, said Dr. Chuck Smythe...(more) (Flyer)

Apply for the 2014 Math and Culture Academy!
SHI is currently accepting applications for our 2014 Math and Culture Academy. This academy will bring together 50 middle school students from Angoon, Hoonah, Klukwan, Hydaburg and Juneau for 10 days to enhance their math skills through traditional cultural ways of knowing. The academy will be held at the University of Alaska Southeast from June 20 to July 1, 2014. Travel, food, and accommodations will be provided at no cost to the participants. All students will stay on campus with chaperones. If a school district employee or parent is interested in being a chaperone please let us know. Please share information with your middle schools students about the Summer Math and Culture Academy. To register for the academy students need to submit an application packet by April 30, 2014. Packets can be emailed, mailed or faxed to Rachael DeMarce, rachael.demarce@sealaska.com; fax: 907.586.9293; mail: One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 301, Juneau, AK 99801. (Flyer) (Registration Packet)

Language nights ignite passion for Tlingit culture
GREEN & GOLD NEWS
University of Alaska Anchorage
As a child, Nae Brown’s grandfather journeyed from Alaska to attend the Chemawa Indian School—sharing the fate of thousands of Alaska Native children sent away to live in boarding schools that, too often, severely punished them for speaking their own languages or practicing their own customs. When Nae’s grandfather returned, years later, he no longer spoke the Tlingit tongue. “It seemed like a big void,” said Nae, an Alaska Native Studies student at the University of Alaska Southeast. “You can’t have culture without language or language without culture. It’s a connection to our ancestors"...(more)

Alaska artists create art from cultural traditions
NEWSMINER
By Theresa Bakker
Two pieces of artwork recently arrived at the University of Alaska Museum of the North from the same auction in Juneau — a blown glass sculpture called “Copper Totem” and “Sitka Petroglyph,” a beaded collar made of felted wool. Both pieces were purchased in early February at an event sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute in Southeast Alaska. One of the objects will be catalogued and included in the museum’s ethnology collection. The other will become part of the collected works in the museum’s fine arts department...(more)

Perpetuating culture, restoring language: Tlingit and the Sealaska Heritage Institute
Rising Voices
“We don’t want what you did here to only echo in the air, how our grandfathers used to do things… Yes. You have unwrapped it for us. That is why we will open again this container of wisdom left in our care.” This quote by George Davis (Kichnáalx—Lk’aanaaw) of Angoon led the opening Sealaska Heritage Institute conference in 1980. The organisation exists to “perpetuate the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures,” with a more recent primary focus on language restoration...(more)

SHI seeking art director
SHI is seeking an art director to develop and manage the Art Department with guidance from the president and chief of operations on the goals, vision and strategic plan to expand Alaska Native arts in the community and region. Projects may be developed in response to specific issues of public interest related to the sustainability of traditional cultural practices in the Native communities of Southeast Alaska. Minimum qualifications: bachelor’s degree and two years of program management and grant administration.  (Job Description)

Travel discount for Celebration available
Alaska Airlines is offering a 5 percent discount for people traveling to and from Celebration 2014. Departure cities include any Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air US or Canadian city. (Not Included:  Prudhoe Bay, Hawaii & Mexico). Beginning Travel Date: June 8, 2014; Last Travel Date: June 17, 2014. Discount Code: ECMV344.

SHI extends deadline for juried art competition
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute has extended the application deadline for the 2014 Juried Art Competition and Show to April 7. Artists may submit up to three pieces for review. Jurors select artwork based on high quality and integrity of Northwest Coast art in three categories: customary, customary-inspired, and 2D formline design. Selected artwork will be on display during Celebration (June 11-14) and eligible for prizes. SHI will make the following awards for best of show and in three categories...(more)

SHI to sponsor Native Artist Market
JUNEAU EMPIRE
SHI will sponsor a Native Artist Market in June during Celebration 2014. Native artists should apply now for a table at the market, which will be held June 12-14 at Sealaska Plaza in downtown Juneau. To apply for a table, contact Shaadoo’tlaa at 586-9129 or shaa@sealaska.com. Space is limited to forty tables...(more)

SHI extends deadline for Juried Art Show and Competition
SHI has extended the application deadline for the 2014 Juried Art Competition and Show to April 7, 2014. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces for review. Jurors select artwork based on high quality and integrity of Northwest Coast art in three categories: customary, customary-inspired, and 2D formline design. Selected artwork will be on display during Celebration (June 11-14) and eligible for prizes. SHI will make the following awards for best of show and in three categories...(more)

Applications available for Toddler Regalia Review
SHI will sponsor a Toddler Regalia Review during Celebration 2014. This popular event is open to Sealaska shareholders and shareholder descendants who are ages two to four years and who are dressed in traditional regalia. Deadline to submit an application is May 9. For more information, contact Stephanie Moreno-Beckner, 907.586.9220, stephanie.moreno-beckner@sealaska.com. (Application)



SHI to sponsor Native Artist Market
Tables available for reservation now
SHI will sponsor a Native Artist Market in June during Celebration 2014. Native artists should apply now for a table at the market, which will be held June 12-14 at Sealaska Plaza in downtown Juneau. To reserve a table, submit an application to Shaadoo’tlaa at 586-9129 or shaa@sealaska.com. Space is limited to forty tables.
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Photo of Git Hoan Dancers by Brian WallaceThank you to the Sealaska Proxy Donors!
SHI expresses its deepest gratitude to the individuals who donated their 2013 $25 proxy funds, or voting incentives, to SHI. Sealaska contributes funds to support the administrative cost of SHI, but we must raise the additional funds from donations and grants from the public and private sector to support our cultural, language and educational programs. The 2013 contributions will help us build the Walter Soboleff Center. Thank you to everyone on this list for your continued support!

What a difference a sewing machine makes! (VIDEO)
Jeremiah James of Yakutat knows how to sew skins by hand. But he was amazed to learn how much faster he became after learning to use a skin-sewing machine through SHI’s Sustainable Art Program. Watch this short video to hear about his experience! SHI began the Sustainable Arts Program to reintroduce the ancient art of skin sewing throughout Southeast Alaska. The goals are to save a nearly lost art form, develop a cottage industry in rural communities and more fully utilize a sustainable resource…(more) (Video) (Workshops)

Learn about math through Native art!
SHI will bring together about 25 students from Angoon, Hoonah, Klukwan, Hydaburg and Juneau for 3 days to enhance their math skills through traditional cultural ways of knowing. The academy will be held in Juneau at Gaaja Hít, located at 250 Village Street. Students will be learning about the math involved in the construction of totem poles from TJ and Joe Young, brothers who are carving the totem poles and screen for the Gaaja Hít building. Students will also participate in additional activities, including rock climbing and ice skating. The Mid-Winter Math and Culture Academy is scheduled from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Tuesday, March 18 through Thursday, March 20, 2014, during spring break. The Math and Culture Academy along with breakfast snacks, lunch, and activities will be provided at no cost to the students. To register for the academy students need to submit a registration packet by March 10, 2014. Packets can be emailed, mailed or faxed to Rachael DeMarce, rachael.demarce@sealaska.com; fax: 907.586.9293; mail: One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 301, Juneau, AK 99801. (Registration Packet) (Flyer)

SHI accepting applications for juried art competition
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute is accepting applications for its seventh biennial Juried Art Show and Competition during Celebration 2014, scheduled June 11-14 in Juneau. SHI has added a new category this year: 2D formline design, meaning formline on a flat surface such as a print of formline...(more)

Live stream-ing UAS program brings Southeast's outdoors into the classroom
By Mary Catharine Martin
Capital City Weekly
What are the physics of a Tlingit canoe? What is the chemistry of smoking fish? If you're teaching science, technology, reading, engineering, art and math, why not teach them through a lens of place and culture? The STREAM institute, whose name comes from the initials of the subjects it teaches, is an initiative by the University of Alaska Southeast and partners. Its aim is to create school lessons specific to Southeast Alaska...(more)

SHI accepting applications for juried art competition
New category for 2D formline design added
SHI is accepting applications for its seventh, biennial Juried Art Show and Competition during Celebration 2014, scheduled June 11-14 in Juneau. SHI has added a new category this year: 2D formline design, meaning formline on a flat surface such as a print of formline. Artists also will compete in two other categories: Northwest Coast customary, and Northwest Coast inspired customary (formerly known as traditional and contemporary respectively in past competitions)...(more) (Guidelines) (Application) (Flyer)

Thank you for making SHI's Tináa Art Auction a success
Capital City Weekly
Thank you community of Juneau and the people who attended for making SHI's Tináa Art Auction a success. Thank you to the people who sponsored the event, bought tickets, made donations at the event, and purchased art and other items up for auction. Because of you, we raised more than $300,000 for the construction of the Walter Soboleff Center. Great thanks to the following who made the auction successful...(more)

SHI seeking apprentice carvers
SHI is recruiting apprentice carvers to work on a totem pole and house screen. The apprentices will work with Joe and TJ Young to carve a pole and paint a screen for Gajaa Hít in Juneau. To apply, submit a complete application to Rico Worl at One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 301, Juneau, AK  99801. (Application)

Walter Soboleff Center under constructionPaul G. Allen Family Foundation gives grant to fund Walter Soboleff Center
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has given a large grant to Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) to help fund construction of the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau. The $200,000 grant to SHI was one of 53 grants given by the foundation to support arts and culture, education, financial literacy and organizational support for nonprofit groups. It’s the first time SHI has received a grant from this major foundation, which is based in Seattle, said SHI President Rosita Worl. “It brings us closer to reaching our goal of $20 million, and we are just so grateful to the foundation for this donation of $200,000,” Worl said. (Press Release)

Place-based fashion
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
2014 is already shaping up to be a stimulating year for Juneau residents interested in fashion design — particularly in terms of fashion that carries a strong sense of place...The concept of drawing on the natural world and on cultural history to inform clothing design was also prominently featured in a fashion show this past weekend as part of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Tináa Art Auction. But in this case, the natural world was represented not only in imagery, but in the materials the artists used to create their pieces. The artists’ links to their cultural history and identity were much more explicit in this venue, collectively reflecting a pride in Alaska’s indigenous cultures...(more)

Tináa Art Auction a big success
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
The artwork on view at Saturday night’s Tináa Art Auction at Centennial Hall highlighted the vibrancy and range of what’s been happening recently in the world of Northwest Coast art, while paving the way for a project that will help carry that energy forward into the future. Tináa, Sealaska Heritage Institute’s first-ever art auction, drew a sold-out, black-tie crowd of more than 300 people, who collectively raised more than $300,000 for the Walter Soboleff Center, currently under construction on Front Street downtown. The building, named for a highly influential Tlingit elder and spiritual leader who died in 2011 at age 102, will house an array of art programs, as well as performance and exhibit spaces and a retail shop...(more) (Slideshow)

SHI's first art auction to open Saturday
SHI's Tinaa Art Auction will open Saturday, Feb. 1 and feature a silent auction, a live auction, dinner and a high fashion show. Event sponsors are invited to a sneak peek preview reception with the artists at 6 pm, Friday, Jan. 31 at Centennial Hall. We still have a few tickets left. We are blown away by the volume and caliber of Northwest Coast pieces donated to us by the artists. Proceeds will go toward the Walter Soboleff Center project. (Program) (News Article)

Empire Editorial: The power of language
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Language influences much of our everyday lives, from the depth of how we express ourselves to the way in which we view the world. For thousands and thousands of Alaska Natives, their language was taken from them and replaced with English decades ago. When a language becomes nearly extinct, the cultural tie that links a group of people to their heritage is weakened. A new program by the Sealaska Heritage Institute is making strides to strengthen that bond by revitalizing the Tlingit language, which today is only spoken by about 200 people, according to SHI’s Rosita Worl...(more)

SHI begins 3-year Tlingit language mentor/apprentice pairing
By Mary Catharine Martin
Capital City Weekly
Tlingit elders and language learners gathered at the Sealaska Heritage Institute at the end of January to begin a project that's been long in the making: Tlingit language mentor and apprentice pairings.
Formally called "Bridging Challenges to Fluency through Partnerships: A Tlingit Mentor-Apprentice Language Program," the project pairs elders and apprentices from Yakutat, Sitka and Juneau for a three-year language learning project."I'm excited to hear our language alive," said SHI Director Rosita Worl in opening comments for the orientation and training workshop. "Every time we lose a speaker, it hurts us all, but we should also be celebrating that as each day goes by, our language becomes stronger."...(more)

A day in the life of: Ka Seix Selina Everson
By Mary Catharine Martin
Capital City Weekly
Ka Seix Selina Everson was thirteen in the early 1940s, when she first went to Sheldon Jackson College, then a boarding school for Native children. She was born in Angoon, and grew up hearing her elders, her parents and her grandmothers speak Tlingit. Her grandmothers and her mother spoke only Tlingit. So it was a shock to arrive in Sitka and find the use of her language discouraged, even forbidden. But it's a shock she doesn't remember - it was just too painful."I wiped it out of my mind," she said. Her brothers, forbidden from speaking Tlingit on the campus "ground," would jump up in the air to speak to each other"...(more)

2012 Juried Art Show. Photo by Brian Wallace.Call for artists!
The application is now available for SHI's biennial Juried Art Show and Competition. Artists will compete for top prizes at the competition, which will be held during Celebration 2014. A Juried Art Show is a competitive exhibition where artists submit work to be reviewed by a panel of qualified jurors. Jurors select artwork based on high quality and integrity of Northwest Coast art formline and design. Selected artwork will be on display in the show during Celebration and eligible for prizes. We are looking forward to another incredible show of Northwest Coast art! (Guidelines) (Application)

New program pairs elders, students in hope of restoring Tlingit language
By Laurel Andrews
ALASKA DISPATCH
A three-year language mentorship program beginning in Southeast Alaska in August hopes to help revitalize the Tlingit language, classified as on the edge of extinction, by pairing fluent elders with advanced learners of the language. On Tuesday, Sealaska Heritage Institute announced the six apprentice-mentor teams that will spend the next three years working together. Apprentices will be paired with elders in the communities of Sitka, Yakutat and Juneau, working toward fluency in the language...(more)

A day in the life: Joshua Jackson, kindergarten teacher, constant learner
By Mary Catharine Martin
CAPITAL CITY WEEKLY
Harborview kindergarten teacher Joshua Jackson makes managing a classroom of 20 five-year-olds look easy. On a recent day, the words on the board for "Walk to Read," the name of a Juneau elementary school program that gathers students at a similar reading level from several different kindergarten classes, were "big," "bin," "a" and "is." Led by "Mr. Josh," the students spent time rearranging letters to form words, and words to form a sentence: "A bin is big." Then they tried it on their own - a scene with kindergartener-friendly scissors, glue sticks, paper and lots of individual attention...(more)

Photo: Canoe give me a hand?
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Donald Gregory, left, and Zachary Jones of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, unwrap a 14.5 foot long interwaterway canoe on Thursday carved by Tlingit artist Fred Bemis of Yakutat. The canoe will be up for sale at next weekend’s Tináa Art Auction held by SHI at Centennial Hall to help fund the new Walter Soboleff Center. Wings of Alaska donated a flight on Thursday to fly the canoe to Juneau...(more)

SHI chooses mentor-apprentice teams to revitalize Tlingit language
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute has chosen six teams of Tlingit speakers and students who will hone their skills over the next three years in an effort to revitalize the Tlingit language. SHI chose mentor-apprentice teams in Sitka, Yakutat and Juneau and will train them on mentor-apprentice language methods and strategies later this month. The institute made Native language revitalization a priority in the 1990s and has cultivated a number of students, but it’s time to intensify that effort, said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more)

SHI chooses mentor-apprentice teams to revitalize Tlingit language
Institute to train teams in Juneau this week
SHI has chosen six teams of Tlingit speakers and students who will hone their skills over the next three years in an effort to revitalize the Tlingit language. SHI chose mentor-apprentice teams in Sitka, Yakutat and Juneau and will train them on mentor-apprentice language methods and strategies later this month. The institute made Native language revitalization a priority in the 1990s and has cultivated a number of students, but it’s time to intensify that effort, said SHI President Rosita Worl. “We're very fortunate in that we have many language learners. We have many, but we need more...(more)

Empire Editorial: Nov. 14 should be known as Walter Soboleff Day
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Nov. 14 could become known in Alaska as Walter Soboleff Day. We hope that it is. Lawmakers on both sides introduced legislation last week that would further cement the late Native elder’s place in history by commemorating the day he was born. It was on Nov. 14, 1908, that we were given Walter Soboleff, and from that day forth Alaska has been better off thanks to the roles he played, big and small...(more) (Walter Soboleff Center)

A long way from home
Tlingit helmet's arrival in Springfield may remain a mystery
By Matthew Timothy Bradley
FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE
After surviving a 1792 attack by a Tlingit war party in Prince William Sound, future Governor of Russian Alaska Alexander Baranov described the Tlingit warriors as wearing “thick helmets with figures of monsters on them.” While the figures on the helmets must have been terrifying indeed to Baranov, they were anything but monstrous to the wearers. They were their clan crests, vital elements of Tlingit social and personal identity. A Russian account of the 1802 raid on Saint Michael also mentions Tlingit war helmets, and documentation of the 1804 Battle of Sitka describes Chief K’alyáan’s Raven helmet, which now resides at the Sheldon Jackson Museum near the site of the battle...(more)

Soboleff Center construction coming along
Construction of cultural center's infrastructure nearly complete
By Emily Russo Miller
JUNEAU EMPIRE
First came the excavation, then the groundwork. Now, the infrastructure is nearly complete. Construction crews are almost done building the steel framework that will support the Walter Soboleff Cultural Center, Sealaska Heritage Institute’s new cultural center being built on the corner of Seward and Front Streets in downtown Juneau. The towering three-story “steel skeleton”, as the project manager put it, rose quickly. “I have friends that said, ‘I hadn’t been downtown in two weeks and now there’s a building there’,” Lee Kadinger, Sealaska’s chief operating officer and the project manager, said as he chuckled during in an interview Wednesday...(more)

SHI's Tináa auction brings together works by major Northwest Coast artists
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
A major art auction will take place in Juneau in a couple weeks, bringing together work from some of the biggest names in Northwest Coast art. Organized by Sealaska Heritage Institute as a fundraiser for the Walter Soboleff Center, currently under construction on Front Street, the Tináa Art Auction is an early manifestation of what SHI hopes to achieve through the Soboleff Center — establish Juneau as a center of Northwest Coast art in the region, and celebrate the vitality of the genre as a whole...(more)

Stedman says hydro funds tight, otter bill will change
By Ed Schoenfeld
CoastAlaska News
...(Sitka Sen. Bert) Stedman last year proposed a bounty on sea otters, which eat shellfish Southeast divers and crabbers harvest. His bill brought strong criticism from environmental groups. And the federal agency managing otters said it would violate marine-mammal-protection law. The legislation is still in play. Stedman says he wants to find a different way to support Native hunters, the only people allowed to harvest otters and process their pelts. “I need to sit down with the Sealaska Heritage (Institute)...(more)

SHI to sponsor skin-sewing workshops in five communities
Program headed to Anchorage for first time
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will sponsor skin-sewing workshops in five communities in an effort to revitalize a traditional art form and to create a cottage industry in Southeast Alaska. Through the program, called the Southeast Alaska Sustainable Arts Project, students in Angoon, Ketchikan, Haines, Anchorage and Petersburg will learn to stretch hides, cut patterns and hand-sew hats and scarves from furs. The first class is scheduled this month in Angoon, and after receiving numerous requests from people in Anchorage, SHI for the first time will sponsor a skin-sewing workshop there. Almost 2,000 Sealaska shareholders live in Anchorage and the surrounding area...(more) (Application) (Flyer) (Workshops by Community)

Bill would create Walter Soboleff Day
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Bi-partisan legislation introduced Jan. 10 would designate Nov. 14 as Walter Soboleff Day, honoring the life of the Tlingit elder who died in 2011 at age 102. Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, and Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, are co-prime sponsors of the legislation, according to a news release from the House Democratic Caucus. Soboleff was a member of the Raven moeity and Dog Salmon clan, and was a translator and scholar of Tlingit language and storytelling...The Sealaska Heritage Institute is building a multi-million-dollar arts center named for Soboleff in downtown Juneau...(more)

Emergence of rare Tlingit war helmet raises a chorus for homecoming
By Laurel Andrews
ALASKA DISPATCH
Tribal leaders are hoping a rare Tlingit war helmet that sat mislabeled in museum archives in western Massachusetts for more than 100 years will be returned to Southeast Alaska now that the artifact, considered a sacred object, has been brought to light. The helmet, uncovered this autumn in the Springfield Science Museum archives, was put on display in late December. Records show that the object was accepted into the museum’s collections around the turn of the 20th century, spokesperson Matt Longhi said. The helmet was logged into museum archives simply, and incorrectly, as “Aleutian hat"...(more)

Opportunity for organizations with archives
SHI’s archivist, Zach Jones, is participating in a state program to offer consulting services to organizations with archives. Applicants can request that the Alaska State Historical Records Advisory Board (ASHRAB) send a professional archivist to their community to give two to three days of hands-on service. This includes help processing collections, training staff, preserving collections, helping with policy development, and offering a planning and preservation survey. No charge. SHI is hoping to serve Southeast Alaska tribal organizations. ...(more)

Faces of Alaska: Rosita Worl
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Alaska Public Media
Throughout her life, Dr. Rosita Worl has been a fighter, an anthropologist and an activist. She's made it her life's goal to preserve Southeast Alaska Native traditions while building a collective future for Native people throughout the state. Her early life was full of drama. She's been kidnapped, she has fled from an arranged marriage and she fought her way through high school. But Dr. Worl persevered through these hardships and those early memories have remained an important part of her history. I sat down with Rosita at her home in Juneau to talk about her progression from being a young child to her current role as president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute...(more)

Scholarships offered to Sealaska shareholders
By Ed Schoenfeld
CoastAlaska News
The Sealaska Heritage Institute is once again offering scholarships to students attending college, graduate school or vocational-technical programs. Only Sealaska shareholders and their lineal descendents are eligible. Institute President Rosita Worl says up to 400 scholarships are awarded each year. “A major consideration is the hopes that our educated young people will come back home and help us in developing strong, healthy communities,” Worl says. The application deadline is March 1st. Students submitting paperwork by February 1st get an extra $50 tacked onto their scholarships, if they qualify...(more)

Southeast Alaska Native art heritage celebrated statewide
By Garrett Turner
KTUU-TV
Last weekend, the Sealaska Heritage Institute offered a chance to pass down a tradition from generation to generation, in a formline design workshop at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage. Formline is a term that describes the complex designs that make up the distinctive Northwest Coast art practiced by the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian clans. Formline design expert Steve Brown says this cultural art is important to the heritage of many Alaska Natives. "In trying to learn this historical background and the established tradition of this art form, it means they can carry it on from one generation to another -- the same way it came down over the last thousand or two years," Brown said...(more)

Worl profile to air tonight
Alaska public television will air a profile on SHI President Rosita Worl tonight (Jan. 6) as part of their Faces of Alaska series. From the promotional copy: “Her early life was full of drama; She has been kidnapped, fled from an arranged marriage, and fought her way through high school….” It’ll air from 8-8:30. (Promo video).  

Sneak peek at art for auction
Volunteers needed!
We just posted a sneak-peek catalog showing some of the masterpieces donated to SHI for the Tináa Art Auction in Juneau. Tickets and sponsorships are available now. If you won’t be in Juneau but want to participate, contact us about absentee bidding. We also need volunteers! Contact Mike Hoyt, michael.hoyt@sealaska.com, 907.586.9166 to volunteer. (Sneak-Peek Catalog) (Absentee Bidding) (Tickets) (Sponsorships) (Volunteer Application)

SHI accepting applications for college, voc-tech scholarships
Institute offering cash incentive to early birds
SHI is accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 school year. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2014. However, the institute is offering a $50 incentive to those who complete their scholarship application on or before Feb. 1 and who are accepted as scholarship recipients; if selected as a recipient, the $50 will be included in their scholarship award. Scholarships must be filled out and submitted online. Awards will be made to Sealaska shareholders and descendants enrolled in accredited colleges, universities and voc-tech schools. The scholarships are given to roughly 400 students per year...(more) (Apply)

Gold Medal Tournament to include women's teams
"B" and "M" brackets lose two teams, "C" gains two
By Klas Stolpe
JUNEAU EMPIRE
For the first time in six years a woman’s bracket will be included into the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament. According to a press release from JLC president Edward Hotch a committee of club members reviewed an October proposal from Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Carmaleeda Estrada to include women’s teams, voted unanimously in November to add the women’s bracket again and began this week notifying all bracket teams selected to the tournament...(more)

Worl responds to finding of Tlingit helmet, erroneous information
“This hat is Tlingit clan at.óowu--an object that was owned by a clan and holds the Spirit of the Eagle. It embodies the spirits of our ancestors who used the hat. From other events we’ve experienced, I will say that its emergence signifies that the ancestral spirits want and need to come home. Under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, it is an 'object of cultural patrimony' and a 'sacred object,' and subject to repatriation. I would trust the Springfield Museum will understand that the sacred value of this hat lies in its return to its home. In one of the articles I read about the helmet, it said that women were not allowed to touch military armor. I’m not certain where this came from, but women had significant power in traditional Southeast Alaska Native societies. Wealth flowed through the maternal line, and women approved of major economic transactions. The historical records are replete with accounts of women voiding trading transactions and goods. If they did not approve, the trade was negated. They were great orators and warriors as well although they served as clan leaders only in the absence of eligible males. The subservience of women came with Western society, and Native women moved from a state of equality to inequality. Unfortunately, today we have those who erroneously advance the notion that the subservience of women is ‘traditional’. Let us debunk this myth.” (Original Story) (Alaska Dispatch)

SHI to sponsor workshop on formline in Anchorage
Workshop result of demand from Anchorage shareholders
SHI will sponsor a formline workshop in Anchorage next month at the request of Sealaska shareholders. The grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts will help fund a two-day class taught by formline-design expert Steve Brown. Formline design is a term that describes the complex designs, such as ovoids and split Us, that are the underlying components of the distinctive Northwest Coast art practiced by the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. The workshop is scheduled Jan. 4-5 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which is partnering with SHI for the class. The Saturday class will run from 10 am to 5 pm and the Sunday class will run from 8 am to 3 pm. The workshop will be free of charge and accommodate up to thirty students. People who want to enroll should contact Becky Etukeok at 907.330.8000 or BEtukeok@alaskanative.net...(more)
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Native artists commit works for Sealaska auction
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute officials say more than 40 northwest Native artists have committed works for an auction fundraiser scheduled to take place next year in Juneau. The Tinaa (Tin-AH’) Art Auction is scheduled for Feb. 1 and will feature a live auction, silent auction and a Native fashion show. The pieces committed by artists for the auction range in value between $500 and $55,000. Works include weavings, jewelry, paintings, and wood and glass carvings...(more)

Group nominates SHI for "Project for Awesome 2013"
Grant Writers LLC has chosen SHI for this year's Project for Awesome. The group made a video about SHI's programs. If people "like" the video on YouTube by 8pm (AKST) Wednesday, Dec. 18, a portion of worldwide funds raised through the program will be donated to help build the Walter Soboleff Center! Click this link, click "like" and leave the comment "DFTBA" to vote (stands for Don't Forget to be Awesome). The more votes we get the more we raise. Thanks Grant Writers LLC, we are honored!

David Boxley works on a bentwood box he is donating to the auction.SHI's first art auction attracts huge names in Northwest Coast art
Tickets, table sponsorships now available for event
Native artists who have committed pieces to SHI's first-ever Native art auction rank among the top Northwest Coast artists in the world. The list of donors who have committed work to the Tináa Art Auction—which will raise funds to build the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau—reads like a Who’s Who of Northwest Coast artists, said SHI President Rosita Worl. Some of the artists are so well known, their pieces sell for tens of thousands of dollars, and the auction will be a chance for collectors to own work by artists they might otherwise not be able to buy. “Here you have a chance of maybe bidding and getting a Preston Singletary glass piece, a Robert Davidson painting, a Nathan Jackson carving. Those people who are interested in Northwest Coast art will want to attend this event...(more)

Sealaska Heritage Institute plans art auction fundraiser for Soboleff Center
By Casey Kelly
KTOO-FM
Construction workers this week began erecting the steel frame for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Center in downtown Juneau. The 29,000 square foot facility is scheduled for completion in January 2015. SHI has raised about $17.5 million of the $20 million project cost. The nonprofit is planning a major fundraiser early next year to get closer to the overall goal. Project manager and Sealaska Heritage Institute Chief Operating Officer Lee Kadinger says construction is moving quickly...(more)

SHI seeking proposals for exterior panels on Walter Soboleff Center
SHI is seeking proposals from Sealaska tribal member shareholders or descendants to create designs that reflect the Southeast Alaska Native four core cultural values. The designs will be featured on panels on the exterior of the Walter Soboleff Center. The designs as envisioned by the artist should be created in color and adhere to the classic Northwest Coast art formline. The designs will be depicted on two separate panels. The overall dimensions of each panel of the two panels is 39 feet and 6 inches high and 14 feet wide. The design should be created to ensure that each element of the formline design does not exceed sizes greater than 5 feet by 12 feet within the overall dimension each panel...(more) (RFP) (Photos)

Feds finalize otter use guidelines
By Matt Lichtenstein
KFSK-FM
The federal government has finalized new guidelines on the use of sea otters by Alaska Natives. The change is aimed at better-defining a requirement that hides must be “significantly altered” in order to be considered authentic native handicrafts or clothing that can be sold to non-natives...t’s a positive step, according to the Sealaska Heritage Institute which teaches classes in the native tradition of skin sewing. SHI Chief Operating Officer Lee Kadinger says the new wording still needs some adjustment but, overall, he says SHI appreciates the change...(more)

Boraas lecture on spirituality and the sacred now online
Alan Boraas' lecture on spirituality and the sacred is now available through our online video library. In his talk, The Great Blessing of the Water: Salmon and Indigenized Orthodoxy on the Nushagak River, he discusses the Nushagak Yup’ik, saying they are among the last of the world’s salmon cultures and spirituality is fundamental to their being. One of the enduring ceremonies of the Yup’ik villages of the Nushagak River is the Great Blessing of the Water. He describes his observations of this remarkable ceremony during his visit in 2011 and relates it to the people’s fight to maintain a modern subsistence lifestyle in the face of proposed industrial mining. (Video)

SHI seeking proposals for house screen, posts
SHI is seeking proposals from Sealaska tribal member shareholders or descendants to design and create a clan house screen and two house posts for installation in the Walter Soboleff Center’s performance area. The two house post designs will depict warriors in their traditional armor. The house posts should measure 10 feet high and carved in yellow cedar. The house posts should be carved on the Sealaska Plaza during the summer of 2014. The cedar logs will be provided by SHI. The screen design should reflect a traditional Chilkat Robe. The design should be a generic design used by all Southeast Alaska Natives and not a crest owned by a clan. The screen should measure 10 feet high and 17 feet wide and should be made from glass. The project must be completed by September 15, 2014...(more) (RFP) (Photos)

Worl lecture on spirituality, shamanism now available online
Rosita Worl's lecture on Tlingit spirituality and shamanism is now available through our online video library. In her talk, Tlingit Spirituality and Shamanism in the 21st Century, she says that although the Tlingit no longer have shamans, their traditional spiritual ideologies remain vibrant. Her talk also reviewed the traditional practices of shamans and focused on Tlingit spirituality and its manifestation in cultural objects, including shamanic paraphernalia. (Video)

Worl says shamanism still influential in Tlingit culture today
By Casey Kelly
KTOO-FM
The Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska no longer practice shamanism, but elements of it still exist in their culture today. That’s according to Anthropologist and Sealaska Heritage Institute President Rosita Worl, who spoke Monday as part of SHI’s Native American History Month Lecture Series. Worl says shamanism used to be a major component of Tlingit life. She says every clan had a shaman before Russian and American colonization largely forced the Tlingit people to abandon their traditional religion. “Shamanism is generally associated with hunting, fishing and gathering societies that often migrate with seasons to follow their food sources,” says Worl. “To bring food, health and protection from evil, shaman seek connections with animal powers through their rituals"...(more)

Headdress by Archie Cavanaugh after the USFW plucked its flicker feathers. State lawmakers want clarity on feather use in art
Murkowski, Young introduce bill
ASSOCIATED PRESS
ANCHORAGE — Two members of Alaska’s congressional delegation have introduced bills that would clarify that it’s OK for Alaska Natives to sell artwork adorned with bird feathers. Under the legislation introduced by Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, some traditional Alaska Native art and crafts would be exempt from a provision of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act barring the sale of items containing the feathers and non-edible parts of migratory birds. The issue began receiving attention after Archie Cavanaugh, a well-respected Tlingit artist, was fined $2,200 for trying to sell a headdress adorned with feathers online, the Anchorage Daily News reported...(more)

Photo: Rock Your Mocs
By Michael Penn
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Kathy Dye, left, Lee Kadinger, Zach Jones, Davina Cole, Shaadootlaa, Rachael Demarte, Mike Hoyt, Dr. Rosita Worl and Sarah Dybdahl, right, all sport their moccasins to work at the Sealaska Heritage Institute as part of Rock Your Mocs day Friday...(more)

Educator makes case for Native spirituality
By Ed Schoenfeld
CoastAlaska News
Most Northern Native people have had their traditional spirituality squeezed out of them. That’s according to Jana Harcharek, director of the North Slope Borough School District’s Iñupiaq Education Department. She spoke Nov. 12 as part of the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Native spirituality lecture series. Harcharek told her audience that her culture, including its spirituality, was almost destroyed by churches and schools...(more)

Reserve free tables now for Native Artist Market in December
SHI is organizing a Native Artist Market to be held in December during Sealaska’s annual Sealaska Shareholder Informational Fair in Juneau. Tables are free and available for reservation now. The market will run from 4:30 to 7 pm on Monday, Dec. 9 at Centennial Hall. Space is limited! Deadline to apply is Dec. 6 before SHI’s office closes at 4:30. To reserve a table, contact Davina Cole at 586.9230 or davina.cole@sealaska.com. (Application)

Langdon lecture on spirituality now available online
Stephen Langdon's lecture on spirituality is now available through our online video library. In his talk, Spiritual Connections and Obligations: The Foundation of Tlingit Existence, Langdon discusses how the "Tlingit cosmos is filled with spiritual presence, essences and powers that exist both within and beyond direct experience.  Tlingit life is fundamentally relational in that interactions with others establish the basis for existence and welfare.   All spiritual forms are attentive, sentient, and volitional and positive relations with them are essential."  Langdon is a professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. (Video)

Native American Heritage Month lectures, films continue
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Native American Heritage Month Lecture Series continues Tuesday, Nov. 12 with “Reclaiming Traditional Spirituality,” led by with Jana Harcharek, director, Iñupiaq Education Department at North Slope Borough School District. Harcharek will speak about efforts to effect change to make the discussion of traditional “religion” acceptable for purposes of setting the stage for the reclamation of traditional spirituality more widespread in the Iñupiaq region. The theme of this year’s lecture series is spirituality...(more) (Flyer)

Job opening at SHI
SHI is recruiting for an administrative assistant to provide support for the Education Department. This employee will organize and prioritize large volumes of information, schedule and organize complex activities, maintain files, draft correspondence and complete other duties as assigned. Requires high school diploma and one year administrative experience or equivalent office expertise. Resumes and cover letters may be submitted via Sealaska's career page. For more information, contact Sarah Dybdahl at sarah.dybdahl@sealaska.com or 907.586.9234. (Job Description)

Anthropologist discusses Tlingit spirituality
By CoastAlaska News
Traditional Tlingit culture is filled with spiritual presence and powers that exist within and beyond direct experience. That’s according to University of Alaska Anchorage Anthropology Professor Steve Langdon. He spoke Tuesday about Tlingit spiritual connections and obligations. It was the first of five Native spirituality programs sponsored by the Juneau-based Sealaska Heritage Institute as part of Native American Heritage Month. Here, he uses a traditional salmon story to illustrate different dimensions of the beliefs...(more)

Headdress by Archie Cavanaugh after the USFW plucked its flicker feathers. Bill to protect Native artists introduced
Since award-winning Tlingit artist Archie Cavanaugh was fined and almost jailed last year for trying to sell art adorned with raven and flicker feathers (he didn’t know it was illegal), SHI has been working with our representatives in D.C. on a legislative fix to protect Native artists. Today, Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced a bill exempting some traditional and customary Alaska Native handicrafts from penalties under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Rep. Don Young has introduced companion legislation (HR 3109) in the House. (Bill)

Native American Heritage Month lectures, films begin
JUNEAU EMPIRE
November is Native American Hertiage Month, and as in previous years, Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a lecture series, and the University of Alaska Southeast will host a film series. The lecture series will be offered on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and the films will be shown Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Read on for details...(more) (Schedule) (Flyer)

Doyon makes award for Soboleff Center
CAPITAL CITY WEEKLY
Doyon, Limited, has made a major donation to Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) to help build the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau. Doyon's President and CEO, Aaron Schutt, announced the company's gift of $100,000 to SHI at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Fairbanks. "It is an honor for Doyon, Limited, to assist our friends at the Sealaska Heritage Institute in bringing to fruition the Walter Soboleff Center. The intent of the building, to have a place that celebrates culture, arts and traditions of all Alaska Natives, is significant," said Schutt...(more)

SHI to sponsor lectures for Native American Heritage
November series will focus on spirituality

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will sponsor a noon lecture series to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November. The brown-bag lunch series will focus on spirituality, said SHI President Rosita Worl. Native spirituality is a topic that has come up in issues dealing with repatriation and other areas. SHI’s Council of Traditional Scholars has wrestled with how to bring shamanism into the modern world. Also, an Alaska court recently heard testimony on Yup’ik fishing and spirituality, said Worl, adding the timing for this discussion seemed appropriate. “As a society, we still have a lot to learn about Native religion, Native spirituality"...(more) (Flyer)

Getting better every day
By Ben Brown
JUNEAU EMPIRE
The sight of not one, but two, large construction cranes rising high above downtown Juneau this year has been exhilarating and encouraging. While a lot of exciting construction and remodeling is underway all around town, these cranes mark two particularly large projects which promise to transform the Capital City for the better. The State Library, Archive & Museum (SLAM) and the Walter Soboleff Center together point toward a promising future awaiting all of us who are fortunate enough to call Juneau home, and will bring people here from around the world...(more)

Doyon makes award for Walter Soboleff Center
Doyon, Limited, has made a major donation to Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) to help build the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau. Doyon’s President and CEO, Aaron Schutt, announced the company’s gift of $100,000 to SHI at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Fairbanks. “It is an honor for Doyon, Limited, to assist our friends at the Sealaska Heritage Institute in bringing to fruition the Walter Soboleff Center. The intent of the building, to have a place that celebrates culture, arts and traditions of all Alaska Natives, is significant,” said Schutt. “We are proud to contribute to this building named in honor of the late Walter Soboleff, a man who worked tirelessly to achieve civil rights for Native people and who believed so strongly in sharing Native traditions"...(more)

Interested in working at the Walter Soboleff Center construction site?
Employment opportunities vary by trade. Dawson has union agreements for some of the trades, which limits the pool of workers to the union hall. The following trades do not have union agreements. Interested workers who have commercial construction experience should contact Dawson or subcontractor to inquire about work:

• Laborers (Dawson)
• Electricians (Anchor Electric)
• Operators (Glacier State)

Other trades will be hired through the union hall, but Dawson has encouraged Native hire from the hall. Shareholders applying with the union hall should express interest in the Walter Soboleff Center. They can also contact Kelly Hostetler at 523-1004 for more information. Demand for workers fluctuates depending on the work phase of the project.

Carving of first Gajaa Hít pole nearly complete
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Haida carvers Joe and TJ Young have nearly finished carving the first of two totem poles that will replace existing poles at the Gajaa Hit building on Willoughby Avenue in downtown Juneau. Since late August, the carvers, who are brothers, have been working on the pole in a tent behind Gajaa Hit, transforming it from a shaggy, 7,000-pound red cedar log into a finely detailed work of art, one that honors the Raven clans of the Aak’w Kwáan Tlingit. Work on the second pole, honoring the Eagle clans, will begin in March...(more)

SHI recruiting master/apprentice Tlingit language teams
SHI is recruiting for two Master/Apprentice Tlingit Language Teams in Juneau who will receive stipends based on hourly work each week over a three-year period. The Master must be a fluent language speaker who has had at least three years of teaching experience. The Apprentice must be an advanced Language Learner who is directly involved in teaching Tlingit language and/or in curriculum development. For an application packet, contact Jackie Kookesh, 586-9229, jackie.kookesh@sealaska.com.

Austin Hammond tells Tlingit history at Lkoot, Haines
Video put online through IMLS grant
In Lḵoot, Haines, in the fall of 1986, Austin Hammond—Daanawáaḵ, Gunx̱aa G̱uwakaan—presented the at.óow of the Lukaax̱.ádi to demonstrate their sacred ties to the land. He told the history of how the Lukaax̱.ádi acquired the sockeye salmon as a crest, and how they came to own much of the Lḵoot area. He also showed the G̱eisán (Mt. Ripinsky) tunic, and spoke of the Haines totem pole which depicts Naas Shagi Yéil, Raven at the Head of the Nass River. Austin made a point that if we understand our history, then we are more capable of fighting for our rights. He implored the people to fight for their grandchildren. This presentation was documented by Nora Marks Dauenhauer—Ḵeixwnéi, also of the Lukaax̱.ádi...(more) (Video)

SHI to sponsor Native art market
invites Native artists to reserve a table at their Jinéit Native Artist Market, which will take place October 1, 2013, at Centennial Hall in Juneau. The market will be held in partnership with the Philanthropy Northwest 2013 Annual Conference and is an opportunity for artists to showcase and sell their work. Tables are free, but must be reserved ahead of time. Space is limited. Contact Davina Cole at 586-9230 or davina.cole@sealaska.com to register.

Job opening at SHI
SHI is seeking a project coordinator to provide support to SHI's Education Department and staff in designing, coordinating and implementing education activities and programs that align with the institute's Bridging Challenges to Fluency through Partnerships: Extablishing a Tlingit Mentor-Apprentice Program. (Job Description)

SHI invites artists to exhibit work
SHI is inviting artists from Hydaburg to exhibit their work at the Jineit Hydaburg Gallery Art Walk, which will take place on Oct. 4 at Centennial Hall in Juneau. The Hydaburg showcase is the first in a series that the institute intends to coordinate to feature Southeast Artists and their rual communities. Artists intesrested in participating should contact Davina Cole at davina.cole@sealaska.com or 907.586.9230.

SHI awarded $454,828 grant toward revitalizing the Tlingit language
SHI has received a federal grant to fund a Tlingit language mentor-apprentice program in Southeast Alaska. The $454,828 grant from the Administration of Native Americans for Language Preservation and Maintenance will establish a Tlingit mentor-apprentice program that works towards perpetuating and revitalizing the Tlingit language. SHI will partner with fluent speakers, advanced Tlingit learners, and three Southeast communities to increase the number of fluent Tlingit speakers under the age of 60 by 300% over 3 years. “We now have teachers, we have language learners, and we have material, and so this is absolutely a great event for us to be able to now have a formal program,” said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more) (News Article)

Worl retires from federal advisory committee after 12 years of service
SHI president discusses significance, future of a federal law that returns cultural items to tribes
By Jennifer Canfield
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Dr. Rosita Worl has retired after 12 years of service from her post on a federal advisory committee that has been instrumental in returning cultural artifacts to Southeast Alaska. Until Friday, Worl — who is the president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute — was the sole Alaska Native on the seven-member Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Review Committee. “I just feel like it’s time to move. It’s a lot of work and a tremendous amount of reading,” Worl said. “It was truly an honor to be on the board.” NAGPRA is a landmark law enacted in 1990 that has enabled tribes from around the country to reclaim human remains and objects that are sacred, funerary or of exceptional cultural or historical importance from federally funded museums and research institutions...(more)

Collector buys, donates old Haida hat to SHI
A California collector of Native art has donated an old spruce root hat likely made by a Haida weaver to SHI. The hat is dated to 1900 or earlier and is believed to be of Haida origin because it has a “frog’s back” design—a recognizable Haida weaving method that was incorporated to make pieces feel bumpy, like a frog’s back. The donor, former Alaskan Monica Wyatt, first saw the hat in August at the Flury & Company gallery in Seattle. “I was transfixed. I couldn’t stop looking at it,” Wyatt said. “But it was too fine a piece for just me to have.  I’ve collected contemporary pieces that make me happy, but there’s no way I could feel good about having a cultural piece with only me here to appreciate it.  So I left the gallery"...(more) (News Article)

Clarence Jackson recording online
SHI has posted online a recording of Clarence Jackson telling a story about respect and Tlingit values embodied in the historical relationship betwen the Chilkat people and the Tsimshians of Naas River. The session was recorded in 2003 by his newphew, Todd Antioquia. The story, told first in Tlingit and then in English, is about how precious abalone earrings were exchanged between the people of the Jilḵáat, Chilkat area, and the Tsimshian people from Naas, the Nass River area. The story tells of how Tlingit and Tsimshian people treat each other with courtesy and respect; how we remember departed loved ones through objects they once owned; and how we recognize and commemorate our achievements and major events. The recording is in SHI's archives and was placed online through a grant from the Institute of Musem and Library Services...(more)

Empire Editorial: Let's get behind downtown revitalization
JUNEAU EMPIRE
The Alaskan Hotel celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, in all its creaking glory, as do many other downtown buildings — buildings built to last, but with a tendency to burn and some outdated amenities. A walk through downtown Juneau shows a lot of character and a lot of history, but also empty storefronts, vacant lots and burnt out buildings. We think downtown deserves an overall facelift and we support efforts to revitalize Alaska’s capital city...(more)

Soboleff Center design reflects past and future
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
A second giant crane now towers over downtown Juneau at Front and Seward Streets and, like its companion on Willoughby Avenue, it signals bright days ahead for Juneau’s — and the state’s — arts community. The Walter Soboleff Center on Front Street and the Alaska State Library Archives and Museum building on Willoughby will both house public facilities that promise to strengthen Juneau’s position as a hub for arts and cultural activity in the state, while providing many new resources for artists, educators and researchers from Southeast and beyond.Like the SLAM project, the Soboleff Center also brings an exciting new addition to our urban landscape — a modern building on a street that hasn’t changed too much in the past 100 years...(more)

Carvers begin work replacing Gajaa Hit totem poles
By Jeremy Hsieh
KTOO
Sealaska Heritage Institute Art Director Rico Worl rubbed his fingers against the 26-foot tall Raven totem pole in front of the Gajaa Hit building off Willoughby Avenue on Wednesday. Small bits of the soft wood flecked off. “The wood is decaying,” Worl said. And that’s just the beginning of his damage report. “You can see this pole … the wing that fell off, a beak fell off,” he said, gesturing upwards. “Multiple parts have fallen off.” A few feet down the sidewalk, he points out how the powerful Taku winds flow down Willoughby and strip the paint from the Eagle totem pole. The Tlingit artwork has seen better days. And yet, flanking a similarly weathered Tlingit screen, the 35-year-old woodwork collectively still creates the imposing façade of a traditional clan house...(more)

Young brothers begin work on downtown totem pole
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Haida carvers Joe and TJ Young arrived in Juneau Monday to begin work on the first of two totem poles for Juneau’s Gajaa Hit building on Willoughby Avenue. The two poles will replace originals currently on site at Gajaa Hit erected in 1977 to honor the Raven and Eagle clans of the Aak’w Kwáan Tlingit. For the next several months, the Young brothers will work on the Raven pole at the Sealaska building downtown, offering an opportunity for locals to observe two of the state’s most highly regarded young carvers at work, while witnessing the gradual emergence of a major art piece for Alaska’s capital city...(more)

Tináa Art Auction to feature Native fashion show
Deadline to apply is Oct. 7
SHI invites artists and fashion designers to submit original pieces for a Fashion Show at the 2014 Tináa Art Auction, to be held February 1, 2014. The Fashion Show will be a major feature of the evening and will be an opportunity for artists and designers to showcase their work on the runway at this high-profile event. American Indian and Alaska Native artists and designers ages 18 or older are encouraged to apply. Applications are due October 7. Contact Shawn Blumenshine at (907) 586-9251 for details. (Application) (Call for Entries)

Institute selects brothers to carve totem poles
The Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sealaska Heritage Institute has selected Alaska Native brothers to carve two totem poles for a building in Indian Village in Juneau. Officials say Joe and T.J. Young are set to begin work on one of the poles this week. Work is scheduled to begin on the second pole next year...(more)

The late Soboleff advises educators, parents, students in new online video
When Dr. Walter Soboleff was 101 years old, he gave Sealaska Heritage Institute a brief interview on the state of education in Alaska. He reflected on the years he went to school and had some advice for educators, parents and students. You might be surprised by what he said. SHI has been showing the clip to educators at its cultural orientations. The late Dr. Soboleff was a revered Tlingit spiritual leader, traditional scholar and Chair of SHI. He Walked Into The Forest in 2011. (Video)

SHI chooses artists to carve totem poles, screen
SHI has chosen two Native brothers to carve totem poles and a screen for the Gajaa Hít building in Juneau’s Indian Village. Joe and T.J. Young will carve the pieces for the building, which is located near the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. SHI hired the team in 2009 to carve an Eagle pole at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), so staff is familiar with their work. “They carved the pole at UAS and I know they’ve been working on a number of projects around the Northwest Coast since then. They’re pretty well regarded,” said SHI Art Director Rico Worl, adding the artists went through a competitive process and proposals were vetted by an artist committee and a technical committee, which both unanimously chose the Youngs...(more)

“Copper Totem” by Preston Singletary will be featured at the viewing. Photo by Russell Johnson. SHI to hold public viewing at Santa Fe Indian Market Aug. 15
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Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a public viewing during the Santa Fe Indian Market in its continuing effort to familiarize collectors with Northwest Coast art. The event will include a display of the institute’s ethnographic collection and staff will be on hand to explain the pieces’ significance to Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures — especially why some objects are considered sacred. “We have great ethnographic collections and we’re just going to be selecting a few pieces,” said SHI President Rosita Worl. “Some of them have sacred dimensions to them and we want to explain to the people that ‘Yes, we do have art but it has this cultural meaning as well.’ ”...(more)

Back to school
Artists, teachers, culture bearers come together to bring Alaska Native art and culture to students in Southeast Alaska schools
By Melissa Griffiths
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“It’s coming back,” Artist Della Cheney said. “A little bit at a time.” Southeast Alaska Native art and culture, that is, after a history of oppression. “It’s through the school system that it’s coming back,” said Artist Clarissa Rizal. “And funny thing that it’s the school system that also took away our culture, took away our language,” Rizal said. Rizal and Cheney are just two of a group of respected Southeast Alaska artists who participated in Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Jinéit Art Academy workshop with a number of Southeast Alaska teachers the week of Aug. 5-9. Jinéit Art Academy is a program to ensure younger artists are learning formline — the basis of Northwest Coast art...(more)

Photo by Brian WallaceGroundbreaking video now online
If you missed our groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center, you can now watch the video. Includes dancing by Yées Ku.óox (and friends) plus comments by Byron Mallott, Chair of SHI’s Capital Campaign Committee; Sealaska CEO and President Chris E. McNeil; Gov. Sean Parnell; Mayor Merrill Sanford;  Juneau Rep. Cathy Muñoz; Tlingit and Haida Central Council President Ed Thomas; Sasha Soboleff; and ANS Grand Camp former President Selina Everson. The groundbreaking ceremony was led by David Katzeek, Eagle Clan leader and the first president of Sealaska Heritage Foundation, as it was formerly named. Paul Marks gave Raven comments. (Video)

Walter Soboleff Center will build on culture
By Amy O'Neill Houck
Dancers in bold regalia chanted and swayed sharing local Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian songs and dances. They also danced to songs to them from around Alaska. Those in the audience were amazed not only at their skill and artistry but at their endurance wearing wool button blankets, leather gloves, fur boots. When planning an outside event here in Juneau, we often have to consider wind, rain, and cold, but protecting our elders from heat and sun is a rare concern. At the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday, Aug. 1, the only umbrella was a parasol one of the attendees used to shade herself from the bright noon rays...(more)

“Copper Totem” by Preston Singletary will be featured at the viewing. Photo by Russell Johnson. SHI to hold public viewing at Santa Fe Indian Market
Alaska Native ethnographic collection to be displayed, explained
will sponsor a public viewing during the Santa Fe Indian Market in its continuing effort to familiarize collectors with Northwest Coast art—some of the most distinctive and unique art in the world. The event will include a display of the institute’s ethnographic collection and staff will be on hand to explain the pieces’ significance to Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures—especially why some objects are considered sacred. “We have great ethnographic collections and we’re just going to be selecting a few pieces,” said SHI President Rosita Worl. “Some of them have sacred dimensions to them and we want to explain to the people that ‘Yes, we do have art but it has this cultural meaning as well.’ ” The event is scheduled 2-4 pm, Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Gallery Room of the Eldorado Hotel located at 309 W. San Francisco St. near the market. The event is free. Shortly after the public viewing...(more)

Groundbreaking held for Walter Soboleff Center
By Matt Miller
KTOO
Local, state, and Native officials, and Native elders donned hard hats and picked up shovels on Thursday afternoon to break ground on a new cultural center planned for downtown Juneau. The Walter Soboleff Center will be erected at the corner of Seward and Front Streets with Shattuck Way running along the rear of the building. The 29-thousand square foot space will be devoted to the research and study of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures. The building will house education, arts and language programs, archives and artifact collections, and offices of the Sealaska Heritage Institute...(more)

Ground broken at Soboleff Center site
By Kenneth Rosen
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The Sealaska Heritage Institute broke ground Thursday at the site of the planned Walter Soboleff Cultural Center with a ceremony in celebration of the center’s namesake. “I think it is so fitting that this is named for Dr. Walter Soboleff,” Chris McNeil, Sealaska CEO, said while adding that it embodies everything he stood for. Soboleff, a respected elder and leader in the Tlingit community and Southeast Alaska in general, “walked into the forest” in May of 2011 at age 102. “We wanted to be here, because we love and respect Dr. Walter Soboleff so much. We’re very honored to support the Walter Soboleff Center,” said first lady Sandy Parnell, speaking for the governor who stood at her side but had laryngitis. “What a wonderful way to celebrate Dr. Soboleff’s life among us and our memories of him”...(more)

Ground broken on planned Walter Soboleff Center
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Ground has been broken at the site of the planned Walter Soboleff Center in downtown Juneau. Thursday's ceremony included speeches, dancing and praise for Soboleff, the Tlingit spiritual leader who died in 2011 at age 102. First lady Sandy Parnell read a speech prepared for the governor, who stood beside her but had laryngitis. She recalled the kindness Soboleff had shown them, and said the center will be the heartbeat of the community and serve as a bridge between cultures. The center's features are expected to include art demonstration, exhibit and performance space, a research facility, library and collections storage...(more)

SHI to break ground on Walter Soboleff Center Thursday
SHI will break ground on the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau this week, kicking off construction of the long-anticipated facility.
The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled at noon, Thursday, Aug. 1 at the building site on Front St. and Seward St. The event will begin with dancing and singing. Sealaska Chair Albert Kookesh will moderate. It will include opening comments by Byron Mallott, Chair of SHI’s Capital Campaign Committee; Sealaska CEO and President Chris E. McNeil; Gov. Sean Parnell; Mayor Merrill Sanford;  Juneau Reps. Cathy Muñoz and Beth Kerttula; Sen. Dennis Egan; Tlingit and Haida Central Council President Ed Thomas; ANB Grand Camp President Bill Martin; and ANS Grand Camp former President Selina Everson. The groundbreaking ceremony will be led by David Katzeek, Eagle Clan leader and the first president of Sealaska Heritage Foundation, as it was formerly named. Paul Marks will give the Raven response. Gov. Parnell, Mayor Sanford, Chris McNeil and SHI’s Board of Trustees Chair Marlene Johnson will do the groundbreaking. SHI President Rosita Worl said she hopes the community will participate...(more) (Photos)

Logs' arrival marks official beginning of totem pole project
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Two giant yellow cedar logs were delivered to the Gajaa Hít building on Village Street off Willoughby Avenue Tuesday, an important step in a project organized to replace the Raven and Eagle totems at the site. The original 26-foot poles, erected in the 1970s to honor the Raven and Eagle clans of the Aak’w Tlingit, are being removed due to safety issues related to their age. The replacement project is a joint effort organized by Sealaska Heritage Institute in partnership with the Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority, which owns the Gajaa Hít building, and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council...(more)

Photo album of workers delivering giant logs online
Workers have delivered two very large logs for the Gajaa Hít project in Juneau. The totems will replace the decaying Eagle and Raven poles visible in the background. The project also will include refurbishment of a screen. Thanks to Sealaska for donating the logs! The deadline for artists who want to submit a proposal is Wednesday, July 31. (Photo Album) (Request for Proposals)

National cruise foundation makes award for Soboleff center
The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) has awarded $75,000 to Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) to help build the Walter Soboleff Center. The award by the CICF puts the institute one step closer to raising the remaining funds for the center, which will break ground on Thursday, Aug. 1, in Juneau. "We are honored to receive this generous donation from the cruise industry to help us build the Walter Soboleff Center," said Rosita Worl, president of Sealaska Heritage Institute. "Partnering with the cruise industry makes sense. Not only will we be able to utilize the facility to help perpetuate and enhance the cultures and languages of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribes, we will be able to help educate and share our culture with tens of thousands of visitors"...(more)

Totem poles and screen at Gajaa HitSHI awarded grants to commission new totem poles, screen in Juneau
Institute accepting proposals from Native artists
SHI has received two grants to commission new totem poles and a screen for the Gajaa Hít building in Juneau’s Indian Village. A $150,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Our Town program will allow SHI to hire carvers to make the poles and to work with Native apprentices. A $5,000 grant from the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council will fund replacement of the house screen on the building, which is located near the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. The new pieces will display the crests of the first people of Juneau—the Auk Kwáan, which includes the Wooshkeetaan and L’eeneidí clans. The council’s award shows the Juneau government’s commitment to the perpetuation of cultural practices, and the federal grant demonstrates the nation’s commitment to cultural diversity, said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more) (Request for Proposals) (News Article)

SHI seeking proposals from artists to carve totems, screen
SHI has released a request for proposals for artists to carve and paint two 25-foot totem poles and paint a screen. Deadline to submit proposals is 3pm (Alaska standard time), July 31. (Request for Proposals)

Latseen Hoops: Tlingit language and basketball
By Greg Knight
WRANGELL SENTINEL
The Sealaska Heritage Institute “Latseen Hoop Camp,” which started on Monday at the Old Gym, features a combination of Tlingit language directions mixed with muscle-memory basketball as a way of teaching not only the sounds, but also meanings of words in the Native language of Southeast. Basketball fundamentals such as offensive and defensive skills are also taught and are at the core of the program--along with a set of lessons designed to teach leadership and cultural pride. According to the SHI website, programs such as the Hoop Camp are good for the community because "Sports are a popular activity with Native youth, provide physical and health benefits to them, and are consistent with the holistic concept of "Latseen"--strength of mind, body and spirit...(more)

SHI seeking teachers, artists for Jineit Art Academy
SHI is recruiting K-12 teachers and Native artists from communities across Southeast Alaska to participate in our Northwest Coast Artists and Teachers Workshop, Jinéit Art Academy, in Juneau. SHI is seeking applicants from Angoon, Craig/Klawock, Haines/Klukwan, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Ketchikan, Sitka, Wrangell, Juneau and Yakutat. SHI’s Jinéit Art Academy will pay for travel and lodging. The academy is scheduled Aug. 5-9, 2013...(more) (Teacher Application) (Artist Application)

Walter Soboleff Center to break ground
Ceremony will be held on Aug. 1
By Kenneth Rosen
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A ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled for next month on the Walter Soboleff Center, the Sealaska Heritage Institute announced Wednesday. “The big thing is that we did select the contractor,” Rosita Worl, SHI President, said. “They’re going to begin work almost as soon as the ground-breaking ceremony is done.” Sealaska plans to have about 100 in attendance with Mayor Merrill Sanford, Gov. Sean Parnell and other members of the Juneau delegation at the ceremony...(more)

SHI to break ground on Walter Soboleff Center
SHI has scheduled a ground breaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau, marking the first phase of construction for the long-anticipated facility. The event is scheduled at 12 pm, Thursday, Aug. 1 at the building site on Front St. and Seward St. across from Sealaska Plaza. “We plan to invite a range of guest speakers, including the governor, our elected officials, tribal representatives and leaders from the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood,” said SHI President Rosita Worl, adding she hopes the community will attend the ceremony for the center, which will be open to the public...(more)

Please take our survey!
If you participated in our Math and Culture Academy (Opening the Gate) last month, please take a minute to fill out our online survey. Your responses will help us improve the academy in the future. All responses will be kept confidential. (Survey)

Parnell's board reappointments include Juneau's Zachary Jones and Ben Brown
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On July 1, Gov. Sean Parnell announced appointments to five state boards. Two local men, Zachary Jones and Ben Brown, were on his list of reappointments. Jones was reappointed to the State Historical Records Advisory Board. He is the archivist and collections manager for the Sealaska Heritage Institute and an adjunct instructor of history at the University of Alaska Southeast. Before coming to Alaska, he worked in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Department at the Swem Library, College of William & Mary in Virginia. He holds a master’s degree in comparative history from the College of William & Mary, received a certificate of advanced studies in archives and records administration from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Native American history from the University of Alaska Fairbanks...(more)

Call for Native artists
SHI will sponsor a Native Artist Market on Saturday, July 13, in conjunction with the Second Annual Haa Aaní OysterFest on the terrace of Sealaska Plaza. The OysterFest is a celebration of Alaska-grown oysters and will include food, activities, music and more. Haa Aani anticipates more than 500 will attend this year’s event in Juneau. The table fee is $25 for the art market, which will run from 11 am-5 pm. This market will kick-off SHI’s daily artists’ markets on the plaza. Tables at the daily market will cost $10 per day or a donation of an item with a retail value of $20. To participate in this Saturday’s art market, contact Davina Cole, davina.cole@sealaska.com, 907.586.9230 (Application)* *SHI has amended the application to request total sales amounts from artists who participate in our markets. SHI will maintain confidentiality about artists’ names and will use the information to support fundraising for art programs.

SHI hires contractor for Soboleff Center
Project expects to break ground later this month
By Kenneth Rosen
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Although still awaiting a building permit pending changes to plans for the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Heritage Center, the institute expects to break ground later this month following the hiring of a contractor Monday. Dawson Construction, Inc., the newly-hired contractor, has completed more than 30 projects in Juneau and multiple cultural centers in the region. Through a competitive scoring and bidding process, Dawson Construction, Inc. won the contract for the project that is expected to cost about $20 million...(more)

SHI hires general contractor to build Walter Soboleff Center
Project to break ground in July
SHI has hired longtime contractor Dawson Construction, Inc., to build the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau. Dawson Construction, Inc., founded 45 years ago, has completed more than 30 projects in Juneau and worked on multiple cultural centers in Southeast Alaska. Dawson also has worked with MRV Architects, which designed the Walter Soboleff Center, and has an office in Juneau. The bidders went through a rigorous process, which resulted in some exceptional proposals, said SHI President Rosita Worl. “We had to make a decision and it was very difficult, but I’m very excited about Dawson Construction. They have great experience here in Southeast Alaska. In the end, they seemed like the best fit for us,” said Worl. The project is now on schedule to break ground in late July...(more) (News Article)

Sealaska Heritage Institute posts Cape Fox stories told by Bessie Denny, peace ceremony led by Austin Hammond
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Earlier this month, Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Special Collections Research Center posted a recording of Tlingit elder Bessie Denny telling stories in Tlingit, with her son Henry Denny Jr. translating into English. In the recording, Bessie Denny tells about the history of the Saanyá Kwáan, the people of Cape Fox, and the Neix.ádi, Kiks.ádi and the Teikweidí clans, describing their migration routes, place names and acquisition of crests. The stories were originally recorded in Saxman at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp Convention in February 1966. The recording was donated to SHI by Bessie Denny’s great grandson, Bruce Kelley, and made available online from a grant project supported by the Institute of Museum & Library Services. To listen to the recording...(more)

SHI's 'Math in a Basket' highlights overlap between math and art
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Here’s one way to get a bunch of middle school kids to do math in the summer: disguise it as art. Last week, during the first half of a two-week math and culture academy offered by Sealaska Heritage Institute, local students learned math through designing and weaving their own baskets. Beyond making math more engaging, the project highlights the idea that the distance between math and art isn’t always as wide as the regular school curriculum might make it seem. During the workshop last Thursday, students drew on arts vocabulary and math concepts in equal measure. Discussions about color and design were interspersed with conversations about area and volume, length and width. “Who can show me the perimeter?” asked instructor Samai Khom holding up a basket...(more)

Shirley Kendall to teach classes in Tlingit language, culture and music
Shirley Kendall will teach classes in Tlingit language, music and culture in Anchorage during the Fall/Spring 2013-2014 at the University of Alaska Anchorage! The following classes will be available:

  • Beginning Tlingit I & II
    Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00 to 5:40 p.m.
    Introductory course for students with little or no prior knowledge of the Tlingit language.  Meets Foreign language requirement.

  • Northwest Coast Music and Dance
    Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m.
    Introduction to the music and dance styles of the Northwest coast people.

  • Oral Traditions of the Alaska Native People
    Fridays 10 to 12:45 p.m.
    Featuring guest speakers and storytellers, this course emphasizes the rich cultural and political history of the Alaska indigenous people.

For more information go to: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/native/ or call 786-6135

SHI to sponsor math and culture academy
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Sealaska Heritage Institute is sponsoring a math and culture academy (www.sealaskaheritage.org/programs/Education/MathAcademy.html) this month in Juneau in an effort to increase interest and academic achievement in math through art. The two-week academy is part of a three-year program that will include culture-based math camps where Native art practices such as basketry, weaving and Northwest Coast formline art will be used to teach math...(more)

Bill Holm lecture now available online
Bill Holm's lecture, "Formline: An Evolving Art," given at Celebration 2006 is now online. Holm, Professor Emeritus of Art History, and Curator Emeritus of Northwest Coast Indian Art at the Burke Museum, is recognized internationally as one of the most knowledgeable experts in the field of Northwest Coast Native art history. His book, Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form, was a landmark publication when it was first released in 1965 and is a must-have resource for students of formline design. In 2001, he was honored with a certificate of appreciation from the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people of Southeast Alaska through the Sealaska Heritage Institute. (Video)

SHI visiting scholar to research sustainable eco-tourism businesses
SHI welcomes our 2013 Visiting Scholar, Paphaphit Wanasuk of Oxford University, who is studying toward an MSc in Environmental Change and Management. She is conducting research for her master dissertation project, entitled “Can sustainable eco-tourism businesses be realized through local social entrepreneurship in Alaska Native communities, and if so how?” The goal of this research is to assess if a pathway to the sustainable eco-tourism businesses through social entrepreneurship approach can be achieved in Alaska. The theory of sustainability will be used to develop sustainable eco-tourism business practices in which she plans to extend the interpretation of sustainability concept with a bioregional and cultural perspective. Furthermore, she is also interested in researching the collaborative, networked social enterprise initiatives among tribes, corporations and local businesses to achieve optimal benefits from indigenous tourism in the region to enhance the sustainability and cultural diversity values. (Abstract) (Letter of Invitation)

SHI partners with Juneau Fine Arts Camp
SHI is partnering with the Juneau Fine Arts Camp this month to offer a series of classes for 4th-6th graders. SHI's Donald Gregory this week taught carving, and Shaadoo'tlaa is teaching traditional face stamping and painting during the last two weeks of the camp. The Juneau Fine Arts Camp is scheduled June 3-28 at the Juneau-Douglas High School. In this image, students show Raven heads they made in Donald's class. Thanks to Sealaska's Haa Aaní for donating the wood! (More Photos) (Schedule)

Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation grants SHI $75,000 for Walter Soboleff Center
The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) announced today a $75,000 grant to the Sealaska Heritage Institute to assist with the construction of the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau. The Walter Soboleff Center will be built in downtown Juneau and will display Native artwork, house classrooms for language and cultural education, provide multipurpose space for hosting cultural events, and feature a climate-controlled space to ensure preservation of ethnographic collections and archives. "We are honored to receive this generous donation from the cruise industry to help us build the Walter Soboleff Center," said Rosita Worl, president of Sealaska Heritage Institute. "Partnering with the cruise industry makes sense. Not only will we be able to utilize the facility to help perpetuate and enhance the cultures and languages of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribes, we will be able to help educate and share our culture with tens of thousands of visitors"...(more)

Dr. Theodore Schurr taking DNA swabs at Celebration 2012. Photo by Brian WallaceResults of DNA study to be available soon
People who participated in a DNA study at Celebration 2012 should be hearing from the lab about study results in June. Dr. Theodore Schurr with the Laboratory of Molecular Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania took DNA samples from volunteers for a study to better understand the migration paths that early humans took as they moved from one place on earth to another and the time and process by which humans entered the Americas. Staff at the lab will contact participants by phone and email. Participants will be able to access their confidential test results through a website using their individual project codes. The results were due last year, but the project was delayed due to unforeseen circumstances.

SHI gathers art for next year's Tináa auction
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Sealaska Heritage Institute will showcase contemporary works of Northwest Coast art at its first art auction in an effort to promote Native art, raise funds for construction of the Walter Soboleff Center and to establish Juneau as the capital of Northwest Coast art. SHI’s premier Tináa Art Auction already has pledges from some of the biggest names in Northwest Coast art, said SHI President Rosita Worl, who hopes the event will educate people about fine Native art from the Northwest Coast area. “People from everywhere are going to come and learn about our art and our artists,” Worl said...(more)

SHI to sponsor math and culture academy
Students will learn math through Native art
Sealaska Heritage Institute is sponsoring a math and culture academy this month in Juneau in an effort to increase interest and academic achievement in math through art. The two-week academy is part of a three-year program that will include culture-based math camps where Native art practices such as basketry, weaving and Northwest Coast formline art will be used to teach math. Through the project, SHI also will increase knowledge of teachers in Tlingit cultural traditions, protocols and art as they affect mathematical learning...(more) (News Article)

SHI partners with Juneau Fine Arts Camp
SHI is partnering with the Juneau Fine Arts Camp this month to offer a series of classes for 4th-6th graders. SHI's Donald Gregory is teaching formline design and carving and Shaadoo'tlaa is teaching traditional face stamping and painting. The Juneau Fine Arts Camp is scheduled June 3-28 at the Juneau-Douglas High School. (Photos) (Schedule)

Job opening at SHI
SHI is seeking a program assistant to coordinate and implement education activities and programs. This employee will assist the education director in management of all aspects of the education department's projects and activities. Candidates must have 3 years professional work and a bachelor of arts or science degree in education or a related field. (Job Description)

SHI to sponsor hoop camp in Wrangell
SHI is sponsoring its annual Latseen Basketball Camp in Wrangell next month. This is an innovative program that integrates the Tlingit language into an intensive week of basketball camp. The program creates a fun and supportive learning environment for kids to develop basketball skills and fundamentals while learning the Tlingit language. The hoop camp will be in Wrangell, July 15-19, at the Wrangell High School Old Gym. The camp is for students in grades 5-12. It's free! For more information contact Michael Hoyt at michael.hoyt@sealaska.com, 907.586.9166. (Flyer)

Richard Dauenhauer wins Bullock prize for excellence
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Richard Dauenhauer, retired professor of Alaska Native Languages and Culture at the University of Alaska Southeast, has been selected as the recipient of the University of Alaska Foundation’s Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence, the largest single award made annually by the UA Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Dauenhauer will be formally recognized for this award with a reception to be held Tuesday, June 11, from 5:30–8 p.m. in the UAS Egan Library. The Edith R. Bullock Prize was established to highlight individual contributions that benefit the UA system. Dauenhauer was honored for his work in preserving Alaska Native languages, Tlingit in particular...(more)

Peace ceremony now online
SHI has posted online a recording of a peace ceremony documented in August of 1980 in Haines, Alaska. On that day, Austin Hammond (Gunx̱aa G̱uwakaan, Daanawáaḵ), clan leader of the Lukaax̱.ádi, gathered together the Tlingit and non-Native community to protest the mistreatment of the land and people of his ancestral homeland of Lḵoot, Haines, and to lead a G̱uwakaan Ḵu.éex’, a Peace Ceremony. According to the film Haa Shagóon (Kawakey, 1981), Austin requested that “the peace rock, or ‘Deer Rock,’ G̱uwakaan Teiyí, broken into pieces by road builders, be made whole; that the fish weir be removed; that our sacred burial grounds be protected so never again will the bones of our ancestors lay scattered and disturbed; and we ask that we may lawfully catch salmon for our subsistence in this river, a heritage denied to us that is rightfully ours"...(more) (Project made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services) (Recording)

Tlingit Verb Paradigm now online
Tlingit Linguist Keri Eggleston's dissertation on Tlingit verbs, along with 575 Tlingit verb paradigms, is now online. Keri has done important work in the past through SHI (she worked with numerous fluent Tlingit speakers to compile the Dictionary of Tlingit and began work on the Tlingit Verb Database). She earned her doctorate in 2013.

Annual Report now available
SHI's annual report showing highlights of programs in 2012 is now available. Read a .pdf online or request a hard copy from Kathy Dye at kathy.dye@sealaska.com. This year's edition includes QR codes to play videos about our programs on your smart phone. You can also watch a video, which shows some highlights from 2012. The year 2012 was a significant year for SHI. We raised much of the remaining funds to build the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau and we secured funding for classes on formline design and skin sewing in communities across the region. Thanks to everyone who made 2012 a great year!

Barbara Cadiente-Nelson, Lance Twitchell and Crystal Rogers talk about their experiences in the public school system to a group of Juneau's secondary teachers Panel addresses Juneau teachers
A panel of Native people talked about their experiences in the public school system to a group of Juneau's secondary teachers today. Their stories were personal, poignant and sometimes painful. The event was part of SHI's program "Improving School Climate through Cultural Connectedness." Through the program, SHI will develop, field test and implement place-based culturally relevant classroom resources or "kits" for high school teachers and students. Thanks to Lance Twitchell, Crystal Rogers and Barbara Cadiente-Nelson for participating in today's panel.

Planning Commission OKs Soboleff Center permit
By Rosemarie Alexander
KTOO-FM
The Juneau Planning Commission has approved a Conditional Use Permit for the downtown Walter Soboleff Heritage Center. It smooths the way for the 29-thousand square foot, three-story building, which will house Sealaska Heritage Institute offices and cultural, artistic and ceremonial spaces. Sealaska still needs to get a city building permit...(more)

Executive Assistant and Research Assistant: SHI is seeking an executive and research assistant to assist the president and/or chief operating officer. Major responsibilities include coordinating internal and external functions of SHI, ensuring the president receives news articles and publications relevant to SHI, scheduling appointments and travel, preparing reports and maintaining files. Minimum qualifications: four year degree from an accredited university and experience in social science. At least one year of professional level work experience with strong administrative/organizational skills with proven experience supporting senior level executives with strong emphasis in administration, financial, strategic planning and analysis, and business development. Ability to perform highly complex and diverse duties under deadlines and operating constraints. Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint) are a must. (Job Description)

Recording of Saanyá Kwáan history now online
SHI has posted a recording of Bessie Denny (1870–1973) telling stories in Tlingit with her son Henry Denny translating into English, in Saxman, Alaska, February, 1966. This was a tape prepared for public use at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp Convention. Bessie tells the history of the Saanyá
Kwáan, the people of Cape Fox, which comprises the Neix.ádi, Kiks.ádi and the Teikweidí clans. Project made possible through a grant from the Institute of Musem and Library Services...(more) (Video)

Photos of formline workshops online
SHI's first run of formline workshops traveled all over Southeast-- Angoon, Craig, Juneau, Hoonah, Ketchikan, Hydaburg, Haines, Sitka, Yakutat, and Wrangell! They were taught by Lance Xh'unei Twitchell, Gordon Greenwald, Ronnie Fairbanks, Shgen George, Donald Gregory, and Nathan Jackson. Thank you to our teachers, and to all who attended and supported this ongoing project to teach Northwest Coast art. Here's the first wave of photos, much more to come!

Planning Commission hears Soboleff Center proposals
By Kenneth Rosen
JUNEAU EMPIRE
The Planning Commission reviewed a conditional use permit pertaining to the construction of the Sealaska Heritage Institute Walter Soboleff Center. The permit allows for off-site staging in the Sealaska parking lot. The project to build the center will span 18 months. Construction is aimed at commencing in June. Staff asked that SHI submit a lighting plan illustrating the location and type of exterior lighting of the center and offered several conditions to the project including public notice periods of road closures to affected areas and parking restrictions for construction crews...(more)

SHI to showcase Northwest Coast masterpieces at first art auction
Program effort to make Juneau center for Northwest Coast art
SHI will showcase contemporary masterpieces of Northwest Coast art at its first art auction in an effort to promote Native art, raise funds for construction of the Walter Soboleff Center and to establish Juneau as the capital of Northwest Coast art. SHI’s premier Tináa Art Auction already has pledges from some of the biggest names in Northwest Coast art, said SHI President Rosita Worl, who hopes the event will educate people about fine Native art from the Northwest Coast area. “People from everywhere are going to come and learn about our art and our artists,” Worl said...(more)

Two Juneau nonprofits receive ArtPlace grants
JUNEAU EMPIRE
On Monday, ArtPlace America announced the award of grants to four Alaska organizations, two of which are in Juneau: Perseverance Theatre and Sealaska Heritage Institute. The other two grants went to the Anchorage Park Foundation and Bunnell Street Arts Center. The four projects were chosen from more than 1,200 applications as exceptional examples of “creative placemaking,” a term that describes the way art can revitalize and transform communities. A total of 54 organizations received grants around the country, ranging from $750,000 to $33,000...(more) (Walter Soboleff Center)

Sealaska receives $475K award toward Soboleff Center
Project expects to break ground in September
By Kenneth Rosen
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute received a major award to help fund the forthcoming Walter Soboleff Center, a modern cultural and heritage center, the institute announced Monday. The award of $475,000 comes from ArtPlace America, a collaboration of national and regional foundation funders, banks and federal agencies, which selected SHI from 105 finalists from a pool of 1,225 applications. “It’s very exciting,” SHI president Rosita Worl said. “Of course we’re pleased because it moves us closer to construction”...(more)

SHI's Sarah Dybdahl gives commencement speech
SHI’s Administrative Director Sarah Dybdahl was invited to give the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony for students in the Juneau School District’s Choosing Healthy Options in Cooperative Education (CHOICE) program. Congratulations seniors!

ArtPlace makes award to fund Walter Soboleff Center, art
A major national donor has awarded $475,000 to Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) to help fund construction of the Walter Soboleff Center and monumental art for the building. ArtPlace America, a national collaboration accelerating creative placemaking, selected SHI from among 1,225 applications from across the country. The institute was one of 54 organizations to receive an award. “We are very grateful and honored to receive this very prestigious award,” said Byron Mallott, chair of the Walter Soboleff Center Capital Campaign Committee. “It moves us closer to the center,” said SHI President Rosita Worl. “We’re still working very energetically to try to raise the rest of the funds.” SHI must still raise an additional $4,000,000 plus $250,000 matching money for a Rasmuson grant to complete construction of the $20,000,000 center...(more) (News Article)

From left (standing): SHI Education Director Jackie Kookesh, SHI Administrative Director Sarah Dybdahl, and Juneau School District Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich. Photo by Peter NaorozSHI staff participates in education cruise
SHI’s Jackie Kookesh and Sarah Dybdahl were guest speakers on an evening cruise and dinner at Orca Point Lodge yesterday. Jackie and Sarah gave overviews of SHI’s educational programs to the guests, who participated as part of a fundraiser for the United Way. Jackie and Sarah were joined by two guest speakers from the Juneau School District. The presentations focused on successful community programs that are helping children and youth achieve their potential.

SHI to sponsor skin-sewing workshop in Hoonah
SHI will sponsor a skin-sewing workshop in Hoonah, May 24-27. Through the program, called the Southeast Alaska Sustainable Arts Project, students will learn to stretch hides, cut patterns and hand-sew hats and scarves from furs. Class is open to everyone. Taught by Louise Kadinger. A $50 fee covers all materials, and fee will be waived if you donate one finished product. To register, contact Michael at michael.obert@sealaska.com or 907.586.9219. The project is funded mostly through a grant from the State of Alaska. (Flyer) (Schedule) (Press Release) (Application)

SHI reports major donations for new Juneau center
JUNEAU EMPIRE
A number of individuals and a local club recently donated money to Sealaska Heritage Institute to help build the Walter Soboleff Center, putting the institute closer to raising matching dollars to leverage extra funds from a major foundation, the Alaska Native nonprofit group announced Wednesday. A delegation from the Juneau Lions Club this week presented a check for $20,000 to former Juneau Mayor Byron Mallott, chairman of the Walter Soboleff Center Capital Campaign Committee. The club made the donation in honor of the late Walter Soboleff, who was a long-standing member of the Juneau Lions Club, said President Steve Brandner...(more)

Juneau groups receive grant money
By Kenneth Rosen
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Three Juneau groups were awarded grants through the Rasmuson Foundation’s Art Acquisition Fund and its Tier 1 program, the foundation announced Tuesday. A total of $654,761 was awarded to 36 groups throughout Alaska, of which $47,367 came to Juneau. The Catholic Community Service received $12,287 for their transit vehicle project; Juneau Jazz and Classics, Inc. received $19,984 for furniture and equipment; and the Sealaska Heritage Institute received $15,096 toward media and publication equipment...(more)

Juneau Lions Club presentation of award to build Walter Soboleff Center. From left: Louise Kadinger, Geny Del Rosario, Byron Mallott, Steve Bradner, Jan Burke, Ted BurkeIndividuals, club make significant donations to center
Funds to help leverage an extra $25 from foundation
A number of individuals and a local club have given donations totaling nearly $75,000 to SHI to help build the Walter Soboleff Center, putting the institute closer to raising matching dollars to leverage extra funds from a major foundation. A delegation from the Juneau Lions Club this week presented a check for $20,000 to Byron Mallott, chair of the Walter Soboleff Center Capital Campaign Committee. The club made the donation in honor of the late Walter Soboleff, who was a long-standing member of the Juneau Lions Club, said President Steve Brandner...(more) (News Article)

SHI to sponsor skin-sewing workshop in Sitka
SHI will sponsor a skin-sewing workshop in Juneau May 16-19. Through the program, called the Southeast Alaska Sustainable Arts Project, students will learn to stretch hides, cut patterns and hand-sew hats and scarves from furs. Class is open to everyone. Taught by Jeremiah James. A $50 fee covers all materials, and fee will be waived if you donate one finished product. To register, contact Michael at michael.obert@sealaska.com or 907.586.9219. The project is funded mostly through a three-year grant from the State of Alaska. (Flyer) (Schedule) (Press Release) (Application)

Tlingit linguist gets standing ovation
By Klas Stolpe
JUNEAU EMPIRE
University of Alaska Southeast alumna and Tlingit elder Marie Olsen hugs UAF Ph.D recipient Keri Eggleston during Sunday's UAS 2013 Commencement Ceremony on the Juneau Auke Lake Campus. Eggleston, a Juneau resident, received a standing ovation for her thesis: 575 Tlingit Verbs. The project conjugates verbs for tense and subject and will serve as a reference for teachers of the language. Eggleston took over the project from Tlingit linguists and historians Richard and Nora Daunhauer who provided the initial 30 verbs. Funding for the project came from Goldbelt Heritage Foundation and the Sealaska Heritage Institute...(more)

Words from a fluent Elder
Watch video of Tlingit Elder Ḵaalḵáawu (Cyril George, Ḵakʼweidí. Kaaḵáakʼw Hít, Teiḵweidí Yádi). This is a response to a request from Ḵaagwáaskʼ (Ishmael Hope) for words of encouragement for students of the Tlingit language. This project is a collaboration between the University of Alaska Southeast Alaska Native Languages & Studies program and the Sealaska Heritage Institute. It was recorded at SHI's collections department. (Video)

SHI accepting Statements of Qualifications from general contractors
SHI is accepting Statements of Qualifications from general contractors to build the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau. SHI will award a contract for construction services using a two-step competitive negotiation process. Applicants’ qualifications will be scored by a team of evaluators during the first step, and the highest-ranked firms will be asked to participate in a second step interview process, which will include comprehensive preparation of a bid for construction. Interested parties may acquire a Request for Qualifications package through MRV Architects in Juneau. The deadline to submit the RFQ is May 21.

SHI to sponsor Native arts market; artists must reserve tables by May 13
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute announced Monday that it will sponsor a Native Artist Market in May, during the annual Juneau Maritime Festival. Tables for the market, which will be held May 19, are available for reservation now. In its announcement, SHI encouraged Native Artists to “apply now” in order to get a table...(more)

Call for artists
Tables are available for Native artists to showcase and sell their work at the upcoming Native Artist Market, to be held in partnership with the Juneau Maritime Festival. The annual festival, located in downtown Juneau, is a popular community event that attracts more than 2000 participants. The market will be located on Sealaska Plaza, facing the waterfront and the festival activities. Artists can reserve a table by contacting Shaadoo’tlaa at 907-586-9129 or Lorene.hanlon@sealaska.com. There is a $50 fee. Deadline is May 13th. (Application) (Flyer)

Assignment Alaska--Tlingit Language Lessons
By Eric Sowl
KTUU-TV
Let’s learn language is a ten-part series of Tlingit language lessons. “They are some of the earliest video production language learning tools among the Tlingit,” said SHI Archivist Zachary Jones. The whimsical looking lessons were produced in 1969 by the Juneau Indian Studies Program.“They are teaching the greetings, it teaches colors, numbers and there’s lots of repetition in there and we know that we all learn language by hearing it first,” said SHI Education Specialist Linda Belarde. “You can hear the rhythm and you can hear the tones and you can hear how words are put together.” Simple lessons by very plain puppets but just as valid today as they were over 40 years ago. “They’re a great resource whether the student is a young child or perhaps a university student,” Jones said…(more) (Let’s Learn Language)

Review calls Native place names book a "remarkable contribution"
A scholarly journal has released a favorable review of Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land, which was published by SHI last year with the University of Washington Press. In his review for the Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Shawn Bailey of the University of Montana calls the work a "remarkable contribution to a growing scholarship on the importance of place in Native American communities...and should serve as a model for future research concerning the preservation of indigenous place names." Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land is a landmark book documenting more than 3,000 Native place names and their locations in Southeast Alaska. It was compiled by Thornton in collaboration with hundreds of people, including area tribes and Elders, with major contributions by Harold Martin. (Review)

My Turn: Asian-themed party inappropriate
By Rosita Worl, Ph.D.
JUNEAU EMPIRE
I was surprised to learn about a recent party in Juneau and to see photos online of many respectable citizens at the event dressed in Asian wear complete with kimonos, red lips, and white faces. Minority voices asked about the event and questioned the appropriation and stereotyping of a minority group. I thought that the public discussion about race, privilege and appropriation that initially occurred in response to the minority voices was healthy. It revealed a genuine interest in understanding why the cultural appropriation and the photos of a man in a sumo suit, a woman with a fan, and people wearing cardboard samurai hats — all while celebrating — were offensive, not only to Asian Americans, but to all of our community...(more)

Job opening
SHI is seeking a full time administrative assistant to provide administrative support for the Arts Department. This employee will organize and prioritizes large volumes of information and calls, maintain Art Department files, draft correspondence, act as project manager for special projects, schedule meetings and travel and other department activities. This employee also will assist in the management of retail store and online store. High school diploma and one year administrative experience or equivalent office experience required. Bachelor’s degree and three years of administrative experience or equivalent office experience preferred. Send resume to Sarah Dybdahl at sarah.dybdahl@sealaska.com. Position open until filled. (Job Description)

Learn how to stretch hides!
SHI's Art Specialist Shaadoo'tlaa shows how to stretch a sea otter hide to get maximum use from it in this video tutorial now posted online. This is the first technique students learn at SHI's skin-sewing workshops scheduled in Southeast Alaska. Shaadoo'tlaa was assisted by Diane Douglas-Willard, a Haida artist. (Skin Sewing Program) (Video)

Place names book wins library association award
The Alaska Library Association has given Tom Thornton its annual Alaskana Award for Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land, which was published by SHI last year with the University of Washington Press. The award honors outstanding works that make a significant contribution to the understanding of Alaska. Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land is a landmark book documenting more than 3,000 Native place names and their locations in Southeast Alaska. It was compiled by Thornton in collaboration with hundreds of people, including area tribes and Elders, with major contributions by Harold Martin.

SHI to sponsor skin-sewing workshops in four communities
SHI will sponsor skin-sewing workshops in four communities in May. The workshops will be held May 9-12 in Klawock, May 16-19 in Sitka, May 23-26 in Yakutat, and May 24-27 in Hoonah. Through the program, called the Southeast Alaska Sustainable Arts Project, students will learn to stretch hides, cut patterns and hand-sew hats and scarves from furs. Class is open to everyone. $50 fee may be waived if you donate one finished product. To register, contact Michael at michael.obert@sealaska.com or 907.586.9219. The project is funded mostly through a three-year grant from the State of Alaska. (Flyer) (Schedule) (Press Release) (Application)

SHI to hold free formline workshop in Ketchikan
SHI will hold a free formline workshop in Ketchikan from April 27-28, as part of its Jineit Art Academy. The workshop will be held at the Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) Tribal Youth Center and taught by Nathan Jackson and Donald Gregory. The class is one of a series of formline design workshops to be held in 10 Southeast communities in an effort to bring a revitalized focus to formline, the basis of Northwest Coast art. To register, contact Shaadoo'tlaa at lorene.hanlon@sealaska.com or 907.586.9129. Open to everyone (Sealaska shareholders will be given a preference if space is limited). All levels welcome. (Flyer)

Tlingit language from the archives of Sealaska Heritage Institute
In a recent blog, SHI archivist Zach Jones talks about a recent partnership with the state to digitize Tlingit language recordings: "Recently the Sealaska Heritage Institute partnered with the Alaska State Library’s Historical Collections Department to migrate ten rare format Tlingit language recordings (on Videotronic Super 8 Cartridges) to modern and digital format. These language recordings were originally developed in 1969 through the Juneau Indian Studies Program and consist of ten Tlingit language lessons and use of hand puppets to narrate the language lessons. The Tlingit speakers are Johnny Marks (1943-2009) and Eva Marks (1952-1981). These recordings have now been placed online and can be used for language education:...(more)

SHI to hold free formline workshop in Angoon
SHI will hold a free formline workshop in Angoon from April 20-21, as part of its Jineit Art Academy. The workshop will be held at the Angoon Senior Center and taught by Shgen George. The class is one of a series of formline design workshops to be held in 10 Southeast communities in an effort to bring a revitalized focus to formline, the basis of Northwest Coast art. To register, contact Teahonna James at teahonna.james@sealaska.com or 907.586.9257. Open to everyone (Sealaska shareholders will be given a preference if space is limited). All levels welcome. (Flyer)

Let’s Learn Tlingit video series from 1969 now online
A series of ten lessons that teaches the Tlingit language through hand puppets is now online. The series was developed by the Juneau Indian Studies Program in 1969 and is part of SHI’s archives. The speakers were Johnny Marks, a longtime contributor to SHI’s programs, and Eva Marks. SHI recently partnered with the Alaska State Library to digitize the series so they could be shared. (Let’s Learn Language) (News Story)

Ad hoc committee wrestles with otters
By Matt Lichtenstein
KFSK
A committee of fishermen and other Petersburg residents is wrestling with what to do about the impact of a growing sea otter population on Southeast’s commercial crab and dive fisheries. The Borough Assembly appointed the ad hoc committee this month after choosing not to endorse proposed legislation that would put a bounty on the animals...As an alternative, Wohlheuter pointed to the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s approach. The has a program that teaches Alaska Natives how to process and sew otter hides. It’s also urged the US Fish and Wildlife Service to change regulations that hunters and artisans say have inhibited them from hunting the animals. Wohlheuter suggested voicing support for those efforts in the hopes that it would encourage more hunting...(more)

SHI to partner with Juneau Fine Arts Camp
SHI will partner with the Juneau Fine Arts Camp this year and offer a series of classes for 4th-6th graders. Donald Gregory will teach formline design the first week and carving the second week. During week three, Shaadootlaa of SHI will teach traditional face stamping and painting. Learn about the cultural significance of these art forms through hands-on experience. The Juneau Fine Arts Camp is scheduled June 3-28 at the Juneau-Douglas High School. Sign up for the whole month, or just a week or two. Create the schedule that works for your family this summer. Choose from the morning session (9am-noon), afternoon session (12:30-2:30), or a full day of art. For more information, or to register, visit www.juneaudance.org. (Schedule)

SHI to sponsor Latseen Leadership Academy
Institute accepting applications through May 3
Applications are now available for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s annual Latseen Leadership Academy.Yées Sháade Nákx’I Yán (New Young Leaders) is designed to provide engaging culturally-based education and activities for high school students in support of their future academic and personal success with a focus on rigor, relevance, and relationships. The goal of the program is to teach students the art of leadership through the development of self-knowledge, physical and spiritual strength. In a supportive learning environment, students will participate in cultural, artistic, athletic and academic activities. This year's academy will be held July 6-14 in Juneau. Travel scholarships are available. Application deadline is May 3...(more) (Flyer) (Application)

SHI Trustee Clarence Jackson honored posthumously
City and Borough of Juneau Mayor Merrill Sanford issues proclamation
ALASKA BUSINESS MONTHLY
Clarence Jackson Sr. signed the articles of incorporation for Sealaska in 1972. Until his death in January 2013, Jackson guided the 13-member board through five decades on Native protocols, delivered speeches in Tlingit, and used storytelling as a means of communication. In his capacity as a traditional leader, his efforts touched the lives of many people across the region and beyond. On Monday, April 1, 2013, City and Borough of Juneau Mayor Merrill Sanford honored Jackson posthumously with a mayoral proclamation. Sanford stated, “Clarence was known for his vast knowledge of the Tlingit language, history and culture, and on behalf of the City and Borough Assembly do hereby recognize and celebrate, in memoriam, an exceptional Elder of Southeast Alaska"...(more)

Tsimshian student part of underwater study
For the second year, SHI has recommended Tsimshian anthropology student Forest Haven to join an underwater geoarchaeological survey expedition in Southeast Alaska. The project, funded in part by SHI, may lead to evidence of human occupation of the region that pre-dates what we know today. In a summary, Forest wrote that the oldest proof of human presence in Southeast Alaska has held at about 10,000 years ago. The primary reason being that the melting of glaciers after the last great Ice Age has covered ancient shorelines with what is now hundreds of feet of sea water. In recent years, greater technological advances coupled with systematic models of paleoshorelines have begun to make it possible to survey areas of interest and pinpoint high potential locations along the ocean floor. Despite these recent advances however, underwater archaeological surveying in Southeast Alaska is still quite rare due mainly to time and financial constraints...(more

Murdock trust gives Soboleff Center a boost
JUNEAU EMPIRE
The Alaska Native nonprofit organization Sealaska Heritage Institute announced Tuesday that it is receiving a "substantial donation" from a large private foundation to help fund construction of the Walter Soboleff Center in downtown Juneau. “So exciting!” said SHI President Rosita Worl, reacting to the news in a recording released by the institute. “I don’t know if people heard me screaming and shouting down from my end of the office, ‘We got the grant!’ It’s just marvelous to have that kind of support from these private foundations." According to the statement, Worl said the contribution marks the first time SHI has secured funding from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust...(more)

Murdock makes award to fund Walter Soboleff Center
One of the largest private foundations in the Pacific Northwest has made a substantial donation to Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) to help fund construction of the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has awarded $500,000 for the center, which is slated to break ground this year. “So exciting!” said SHI President Rosita Worl. “I don't know if people heard me screaming and shouting down from my end of the office, ‘We got the grant!’ It's just marvelous to have that kind of support from these private foundations"...(more)

Playwright Hope's new work deeply rooted in Tlingit history
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Many plays that appear on Juneau’s stages travel across considerable distances of time and geography to get here — for example, from Shakespeare’s 16th century England, or from Theresa Rebeck’s modern day New York. Others are born right here, cultivated in the rich soil of Southeast Alaska history and culture. Local playwright Ishmael Hope’s latest work, “The Defenders of Alaska Native Country,” is such a work. Though offset by 100 years, the play is very closely tied to the history of this place — as well as to Hope’s own family history — and to Tlingit culture, in ways both obvious and subtle...(more)

SHI to hold free formline workshop in Hydaburg
SHI will hold a free formline workshop in Hydaburg this weekend, March 30 and 31, as part of its Jineit Art Academy. The workshop will be held at the Hydaburg High School and taught by Ronnie Fairbanks. The class is one of a series of formline design workshops to be held in 10 Southeast communities in an effort to bring a revitalized focus to formline, the basis of Northwest Coast art. To register, contact Teahonna James at teahonna.james@sealaska.com or 907.586.9257. Open to everyone (Sealaska shareholders will be given a preference if space is limited). All levels welcome. Sponsored in collaboration with the Hydaburg Leadership Class. (Flyer)

SHI to sponsor skin-sewing workshop in Juneau
SHI will sponsor a skin-sewing workshop in Juneau April 4-7. Through the program, called the Southeast Alaska Sustainable Arts Project, students will learn to stretch hides, cut patterns and hand-sew hats and scarves from furs. Class is open to everyone. Taught by Shaadoo'tlaa. A $50 fee covers all materials, and fee will be waived if you donate one finished product. To register, contact Teahonna at teahonna.james@sealaska.com or 907.586.9257. The project is funded mostly through a three-year grant from the State of Alaska. (Flyer) (Schedule) (Press Release) (Application)

SHI to hold free formline workshop in Sitka
SHI will hold a free formline workshop in Sitka this weekend, March 16 and 17, as part of its Jineit Art Academy. The workshop will be held at the STA Tribal Youth Center (304 Baranof Street) and taught by Ronnie Fairbanks. The class is one of a series of formline design workshops to be held in 10 Southeast communities in an effort to bring a revitalized focus to formline, the basis of Northwest Coast art. To register, contact Donald Gregory at donald.gregory@sealaska.com or 907.463.4844. Open to everyone (Sealaska shareholders will be given a preference if space is limited). All levels welcome. Sponsored in partnerships with Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Sitka Native Education Program and the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center. (Flyer)

Photo by Brian WallaceSHI to sponsor skin-sewing workshops
FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor skin-sewing workshops in six communities in an effort to revitalize a traditional art form and to create a cottage industry in Southeast Alaska. Through the program, called the Southeast Alaska Sustainable Arts Project, students in Juneau, Kake, Sitka, Prince of Wales Island, Hoonah and Yakutat will learn to stretch hides, cut patterns and hand-sew hats and scarves from furs. The first class is scheduled next week in Kake and the workshops are op en to everyone. One of the goals is to build a cottage industry in economically depressed areas, said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more)

SHI to hold free formline workshop in Wrangell
SHI will hold a free formline workshop in Wrangell this weekend, March 9 and 10, as part of its Jineit Art Academy. The workshop will be held at the Wrangell High School Commons and taught by Ronnie Fairbanks. The class is one of a series of formline design workshops to be held in 10 Southeast communities in an effort to bring a revitalized focus to formline, the basis of Northwest Coast art. To register, contact Donald Gregory at donald.gregory@sealaska.com or 907.463.4844. Open to everyone (Sealaska shareholders will be given a preference if space is limited). All levels welcome. (Flyer)

SHI to sponsor skin-sewing workshop in Kake
SHI will sponsor a skin-sewing workshop in Kake March 7-10. Through the program, called the Southeast Alaska Sustainable Arts Project, students will learn to stretch hides, cut patterns and hand-sew hats and scarves from furs. Class is open to everyone. Taught by Shaadoo'tlaa. A $50 fee covers all materials, and fee will be waived if you donate one finished product. To register, contact Teahonna at teahonna.james@sealaska.com or 907.586.9257. The project is funded mostly through a three-year grant from the State of Alaska. (Flyer) (Schedule) (Press Release) (Application)

SHI to teach math through Native basketry
Did you know you can learn math by making Native baskets? SHI Education Director Jackie Kookesh and two Juneau middle school teachers this week did a site visit in Long Beach, California, where educators have pioneered the acclaimed Math in a Basket program (developed by Dramatic Results, a non-profit arts organization founded by Christi Wilkins). While learning to weave, kids learn math words, such as perimeter, circumference, area and volume, and apply learned measurement skills. It works because it puts math in a real context! SHI will use MIAB as a model to teach math at the institute’s 2013 Middle School Math and Culture Academy this summer.

Photo by Brian WallaceSHI to sponsor skin-sewing workshops
First class scheduled next week
SHI will sponsor skin-sewing workshops in six communities in an effort to revitalize a traditional art form and to create a cottage industry in Southeast Alaska. Through the program, called the Southeast Alaska Sustainable Arts Project, students in Kake, Sitka, Prince of Wales Island, Hoonah, Juneau and Yakutat will learn to stretch hides, cut patterns and hand-sew hats and scarves from furs. The first class is scheduled next week in Kake and the workshops are open to everyone. One of the goals is to build a cottage industry in economically depressed areas, said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more) (Skin-Sewing Program)

Wrangell formline class rescheduled for March
SHI has rescheduled the Wrangell formline class to March 9-10. The class will be taught by Ronnie Fairbanks as part of SHI's Jineit Art Academy. Location TBA. To register, contact Shaadoo'tlaa at lorene.hanlon@sealaska.com or 907.586.9129. Open to everyone (Sealaska shareholders will be given a preference if space is limited). All levels welcome.

Rasmuson Foundation awards grant to SHI
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute, a Juneau-based nonprofit organization affiliated with the Sealaska Corp., has received a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation to purchase new media and publications equipment, according to an announcement from SHI Monday...(more)

Rep. Benjamin Nageak of Barrow takes a close look at Archie Cavanaugh's now flicker feather-less shakee.át/headdress at a recent legislative receptionSHI posts guidelines for use of bird feathers, parts
SHI has compiled a list of guidelines and resources for Alaska Native people and Alaska Native artists who possess or use feathers in their art. The list was compiled after Tlingit artist Archie Cavanaugh was penalized last year for incorporating flicker feathers and raven parts into cultural objects for sale. This list includes info from the U.S. Dept. of Justice and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, links to more information and contact info for questions. SHI also is working to change federal law so our ancient practice of using feathers on cultural objects is recognized. (Guidelines)

Rasmuson Foundation awards grant for media equipment to SHI
SHI has received a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation to purchase new media and publications equipment.The $15,000 award will allow SHI to buy items such as camera batteries, a still camera, camera bags, external hard drives, a microphone, a computer, a public address system, and software upgrades to supplement its existing system. The award will allow SHI to expand and strengthen its abilities to document Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian history, cultures and languages, said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more)

SHI to hold free formline workshop in Craig
SHI will hold a free formline workshop in Craig this weekend, March 2 and 3, as part of its Jineit Art Academy. The location of the workshop to be announced. Taught by Ronnie Fairbanks. The class is one of a series of formline design workshops to be held in 10 Southeast communities in an effort to bring a revitalized focus to formline, the basis of Northwest Coast art. To register, contact Shaadoo'tlaa at lorene.hanlon@sealaska.com or 907.586.9129. Open to everyone (Sealaska shareholders will be given a preference if space is limited). All levels welcome. (Flyer)

Deadline to apply for Sealaska scholarship approaches
Students must apply by next week
SHI is accepting scholarship applications for the 2013-2014 school year. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 1. All applications must be filled out and submitted online. Awards will be made to Sealaska shareholders and descendants enrolled in accredited colleges, universities and voc-tech scholls. The scholarships are given to roughly 400 students per year. (Who Qualifies) (FAQS)

SHI to hold free formline workshop in Haines
SHI will hold a free formline workshop in Haines this weekend, Feb. 16 and 17, as part of its Jineit Art Academy. The workshop will be held at the Haines High School, Art Room, and taught by X'uneí (Lance Twitchell). The class is one of a series of formline design workshops to be held in 10 Southeast communities in an effort to bring a revitalized focus to formline, the basis of Northwest Coast art. To register, contact Shaadoo'tlaa at lorene.hanlon@sealaska.com or 907.586.9129. Open to everyone (Sealaska shareholders will be given a preference if space is limited). All levels welcome. (Flyer)

Sealaska offers free formline design workshops
KRBD-FM
Sealaska Heritage Institute has scheduled a series of free formline design workshops in communities throughout Southeast Alaska. The goal is to revitalize interest in formline design, a term that describes the complex designs, such as ovoids and split Us, that are the underlying components of Northwest Coast art, and to ensure that people are learning the designs correctly. “There have been a number of master artists who have commented on a bit of decline in the integrity of formline design and so we’ve been directed by our Native Artist Committee to focus on helping to improve the quality of the formline,” said SHI Arts Director Rico Worl...(more)

SHI hosts annual legislative reception
Thanks to all the lawmakers, staff, and friends who attended our annual Legislative Reception last night. The reception included an exhibit titled "Yee wakshiyeex’ áyú haa leelk’w has ádi kawdik’éet’ / Our grandparents’ things have come out for you to see," showcasing the dimensions of Tlingit art in Tlingit life historically and through modern times. In this photo, Rep. Benjamin Nageak of Barrow takes a close look at Archie Cavanaugh's now flicker feather-less shakee.át/headdress. Archie, an award-winning Tlingit artist, was recently punished by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for attempting to sell a headdress adorned with flicker feathers, which is an ancient practice.

Memorial service for Clarence Jackson scheduled
There will be a memorial service for Clarence Jackson at 5 pm, Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau (former ANB Hall). Clarence, our beloved traditional leader, trustee, and scholar, quietly Walked Into The Forest on Thursday at the age of 78. Clarence served on SHI’s Board of Trustees since it was founded in 1980 and as Chair of its Council of Traditional Scholars, a panel of Elders and clan leaders who guide SHI on programs, said SHI President Rosita Worl.“He was invaluable and irreplaceable, as he generously shared his vast knowledge of the Tlingit language, history and culture." He was also a gentle man adept at using humor to reach people, she said. “Clarence was a Man of the People. He walked among our People.  His footsteps are embedded across our land.  He travelled across our waters and the salmon and halibut gave themselves to him because he willingly shared with many.  He laughed, joked and told stories.  He was a wise man, who could in a few words gently remind you that you could do better"...(more)

Clarence Jackson remembered at Sealaska board meeting today
Sealaska directors and Shangukeidí Clan Leader David Katzeek remember their colleague Clarence Jackson, who Walked Into The Forest on Jan. 31, 2013. Clarence was a beloved traditional leader and scholar who played a very prominent part in Southeast Alaska Native history. Clarence signed the Sealaska articles of incorporation in 1972. He was the only Sealaska board member who served continuously since inception until now. He also served on Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Board of Trustees since it was founded in 1980 and as Chair of its Council of Traditional Scholars, a panel of Elders and clan leaders who guide SHI on programs. In this video, David Katzeek, an Eagle, remembers Clarence. David is followed by Sealaska directors Byron Mallott (Raven, Kwaashk’I Kwáan) and Ed Thomas (Raven, Sukteeneidí Clan). (Video)

Tlingit elder, Sealaska board member Clarence Jackson dies
By Casey Kelly
KTOO-FM
Tlingit elder and original Sealaska Corporation board member Clarence Jackson died Thursday after a battle with cancer. He was 78. Jackson was born in 1934 in Kake, where he lived most of his life. He attended Sheldon Jackson High School in Sitka, and was involved in the Alaska Native claims movement in the 1960s with the Tlingit and Haida Central Council. He served as Central Council president from 1972 through 1976. Also in 1972, he signed the articles of incorporation for Sealaska, the regional Native Corporation for Southeast, created under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Jackson had been the only board member to serve continuously since Sealaska was founded. He also served as a trustee for the Sealaska Heritage Institute from the time it was created in 1980. SHI President Rosita Worl says Jackson was an ambassador of Tlingit culture in the board room and his personal life...(more)

Sealaska Board Member Clarence Jackson dies
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A link between the past and the present was lost yesterday when Clarence Jackson, the last continuously serving founder of Sealaska, and later the Sealaska Heritage Institute, died at 78. He signed the Sealaska articles of incorporation in 1972. He was the only Sealaska board member who served continuously since inception until now, according to a release from Sealaska. “He travelled throughout our communities comforting those who had lost loves ones,” said Sealaska board chair Albert Kookesh. “He was our ambassador, he was the “Face” of Sealaska. We are enriched for having known him, and we are comforted to have the tremendous benefit of work that will touch generations to come. Cherished memories of him and his spirit will remain with us always"...(more)

SHI Trustee Clarence Jackson Walks Into The Forest
Today Clarence Jackson, our beloved traditional leader, trustee, and scholar, quietly Walked Into The Forest at the age of 78. Clarence served on SHI’s Board of Trustees since it was founded in 1980 and as Chair of its Council of Traditional Scholars, a panel of Elders and clan leaders who guide SHI on programs, said SHI President Rosita Worl.“He was invaluable and irreplaceable, as he generously shared his vast knowledge of the Tlingit language, history and culture." He was also a gentle man adept at using humor to reach people, she said. “Clarence was a Man of the People. He walked among our People.  His footsteps are embedded across our land.  He travelled across our waters and the salmon and halibut gave themselves to him because he willingly shared with many.  He laughed, joked and told stories.  He was a wise man, who could in a few words gently remind you that you could do better"...(more) (Celebration 2012 Welcome by Clarence Jackson)

SHI to hold free formline workshop in Hoonah
SHI will hold a free formline workshop in Hoonah this weekend, Feb. 2 and 3, as part of its Jineit Art Academy. The workshop will be held at the Hoonah High School and taught by Gordon Greenwald. The class is one of a series of formline design workshops to be held in 10 Southeast communities in an effort to bring a revitalized focus to formline, the basis of Northwest Coast art. To register, contact Shaadoo'tlaa at lorene.hanlon@sealaska.com or 907.586.9129. Open to everyone (Sealaska shareholders will be given a preference if space is limited). All levels welcome. (Flyer)

SHI President Rosita Worl shakes hands with ANS Grand President Freda Westman, who testified with ANB Grand President Bill Martin. At left, SHI Arts Director Rico Worl and SHI COO Lee Kadinger. Photo by Brian Wallace.Assembly removes Walter Soboleff Center from historic district
Declines proposal to keep Front Street side of building subject to Victorian-era theme
On Monday, the Juneau Assembly adopted an ordinance to remove the Walter Soboleff Center from the historic district. SHI supported this because the historic district code imposes a Victorian-era theme on buildings and the center is designed to reflect Native architecture. However, the assembly also had a proposal from the Historic Resources Advisory Committee to include the Front Street side of the center in the district. This created the specter of a hybrid building—a center with a Victorian façade on one side and Native architecture on the others. Thanks to the assembly for adopting the ordinance and declining the committee’s proposal. In this photo, SHI President Rosita Worl shakes hands with ANS Grand President Freda Westman, who testified with ANB Grand President Bill Martin. At left, SHI Arts Director Rico Worl and SHI COO Lee Kadinger. Photo by Brian Wallace. (Video)

Juneau Assembly moves historic district boundary to clear way for Soboleff Center
By Casey Kelly
KTOO-FM
The Juneau Assembly on Monday voted to change the boundary of the city’s historic district, clearing the way for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s proposed Walter Soboleff Center to be built as designed. The four-story, 29,000 square foot education and cultural facility will be constructed on a vacant lot at the corner of Seward and Front Streets downtown. The property was right on the edge of the historic district until Monday, when the Assembly voted to remove it...(more) (Walter Soboleff Center)

Photo by Brian WallaceCity exempts new SHI center from historic district rules
By Russell Stigall
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Sealaska Heritage Institute’s cultural center won an exclusion from Juneau’s downtown historic district. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly granted SHI’s ordinance Monday. The ordinance excludes the block encompassed by Seward Street, Front Street, Shattuck Way and Municipal Way from historic district height and appearance limitations. It is within a block known as ‘the pit’ that SHI plans to build its Walter Soboleff Center for Alaska Native heritage and culture. Juneau’s Historic Resources Advisory Committee proposed in December 2012 to exclude all but the first five feet of the block facing Front Street. This five-foot section of the building would remain in the style of the surrounding buildings...(more) (Walter Soboleff Center)

ArtPlace names two local arts organizations finalists for national grants
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Two local arts groups have been named finalists for grants from ArtPlace, an initiative to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S. through grants and loans, research, communication and advocacy. Artplace, a collaboration of 13 national foundations and six banks, named 104 finalists from 1,225 applicants across the country. The Juneau-based finalists are Sealaska Heritage Institute and Perseverance Theatre...(more)

Photo: Hunting for Juneau's resources
By Michael Penn
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Donald Gregory of the Sealaska Heritage Institute gives a tour of Native American artifacts to teachers from Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School on Tuesday. Three groups of teachers from DZMS participated in a scavenger hunt on their inservice day to learn more about resources in the community. The Institute was one of seven locations visited during the day...(more)

SHI a finalist for extremely competitive ArtPlace grant
A major national funder has named SHI a finalist in its extremely competitive grant program for the arts. ArtPlace has announced that SHI is one of 104 finalists chosen from 1,225 applicants from across the country to potentially receive a grant through its Creative Placemaking program. ArtPlace, an initiative to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S., received inquiries from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa, according to a press release by ArtPlace. “Yaay,” said SHI President Rosita Worl when asked about her reaction to the news. “I was so excited because I knew how competitive this grant was, and to be selected was truly an honor for us"...(more)

SHI to hold free formline workshop in Yakutat
SHI will hold a free formline workshop in Yakutat this weekend, Jan. 19 and 20, as part of its Jineit Art Academy. The workshop will be held at the Yakutat School Auditorium and taught by X'uneii (Lance Twitchell). The class is one of a series of formline design workshops to be held in 10 Southeast communities in an effort to bring a revitalized focus to formline, the basis of Northwest Coast art. To register, contact Rico Worl at rico.worl@sealaska.com or 907.586.9265. Open to everyone (Sealaska shareholders will be given a preference if space is limited). All levels welcome. (Flyer)

Formline design workshops scheduled in Juneau, other SE communities
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Sealaska Heritage Institute has organized a series of formline design workshops in Juneau and nine other Southeast communities in an effort to bring a revitalized focus to formline, the basis of Northwest Coast art. Juneau will host the first workshop this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12 and 13, at the University of Alaska Southeast. It will be led by Lance Twitchell and will run from 12-5 p.m. both days. Registration is required and space is limited...(more)

SHI to hold formline workshops regionwide
SHI will hold a series of design workshops in communities throughout Southeast Alaska in an effort to ensure young artists are learning formline—the basis of Northwest Coast art. The first workshop, scheduled Jan. 12-13 in Juneau, will be taught by Lance Twitchell, and the program will run through May in ten communities. The goal of the workshops is to revitalize interest in formline design, a term that describes the complex designs, such as ovoids and split Us, that are the underlying components of the distinctive Northwest Coast art, and to ensure people are learning the designs correctly, said SHI Arts Director Rico Worl...(more) (Juneau Workshop) (Jineit Art Academy)

Moccasin sewing class aims to revive traditional art form
By Emily Russo Miller
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Maggie Tompkins’ grandmother, a Tlingit woman from Klukwan, began wearing moccasins long ago after she stepped barefoot on a frog. The moccasins were adorned with bead work that now sits inside Tompkins’ moccasin-making kit, almost ready to adorn a new pair. “I’m recycling,” Tompkins said, as she began hand-sewing her own pair of moccasins. “I don’t know how to do bead work.” Tompkins, 47, and her 27-year-old daughter Jessica Liska, were some of the 15 to 20 women who attended a Sealaska Heritage Institute workshop this weekend to learn how to make moccasins out of seal skin...(more) (Photos)

SHI accepting applications for college, voc-tech scholarships
Institute offering cash incentive to early birds
SHI is accepting scholarship applications for the 2013-2014 school year. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2013. However, the institute is offering a $50 incentive to those who complete their scholarship application on or before Feb. 1 and who are accepted as scholarship recipients; if selected as a recipient, the $50 will be included in their scholarship award. Scholarships must be filled out and submitted online. Awards will be made to Sealaska shareholders and descendants enrolled in accredited colleges, universities and voc-tech schools. The scholarships are given to roughly 400 students per year..(more)

SHI gets Rasmuson grant for Walter Soboleff Center
Must raise matching funds to tap entire award
SHI has received a $1.25 million grant from the Rasmuson Foundation to help build the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau. However, to tap the whole award, SHI must raise $250,000 in matching funds. Anyone who gives even $1 will be listed as a founding donor. People who donate $50 or more will get their name (or memorial name) permanently engraved in the center. You can make a direct, tax-deductible donation on our website today at www.sealaskaheritagecenter.com or through pick.click.give: pick SHI when you apply online for your Alaska PFD, Jan. 1-March 31. Gunalchéesh, Háw’aa, T’oycksism! (Video)

"Our Grandparents' Names on the Land" on Best of 2012 List
The Juneau Empire has listed “Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land” as one of the best Alaska books for 2012. The award-winning book, edited by Thomas Thornton, was published by SHI this year. The book was compiled by Thornton in collaboration with hundreds of people, including area Tribes and Elders, under several grants administered by Harold Martin through the Southeast Native Subsistence Commission and Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. The book was co-published with the University of Washington Press. Earlier this year, the Alaska Historical Society awarded Thomas Thornton its 2012 “Contributions to Alaska History Award” in recognition of the book...(more) (Best of Alaska Books for 2012)

SHI to sponsor moccasin workshop
SHI will sponsor a workshop on how to make moccasins in January. The class will be taught by Carmaleeda Estrada from January 4-6 at Sealaska Plaza, in the 4th floor boardroom. A required $50 registration fee will pay for materials to complete one pair of moccasins. For more information contact Carmaleeda Estrada at 586-9280 or carmaleeda.estrada@sealaska.com. Space is limited and beginners get priority. (Flyer)

Job opening at SHI
SHI
is seeking a cultural anthropologist to develop a cultural anthropology program at Sealaska Heritage Institute. The incumbent will develop a comprehensive program of ethnohistorical and cultural anthropological research into topics of SE Alaska Native history, sacred and historic sites documentation, subsistence practices, repatriation, and traditional cultural practices, values, beliefs and knowledge in a wide variety of areas...(more) (Job Description)

Walter Soboleff CenterSHI receives funding from Rasmuson Foundation for Soboleff Center
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Sealaska Heritage INstitute was awarded $125,000 from Rasmuson Foundation last week toward construction of the Walter A. Soboleff Center in downtown Juneau. The funding, announced Wednesday at the foundation’s biannual meeting, was part of a total $9.9 million in Tier 2 grants, investments and initiatives distributed statewide...(more) (Website) (Facebook) (Donate)

Walter Soboleff CenterWalter Soboleff Center receives grant from Rasmuson Foundation
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The Rasmuson Foundation has awarded a grant to aide in construction of the Walter Soboleff Center in downtown Juneau. The grant to the Sealaska Heritage Institute is for $1,250,000. The last $$250,000 is subject to a one to one match. (Website) (Facebook) (Donate)

Video of talk on Tlingit art now online
If you missed our noon lecture by Aldona Jonaitis, you can now watch it in its entirety online. In her talk, "Three Hundred Years of Tlingit Art," Jonaitis explores the history of Tlingit artworks made in the 18th century to the 21st century and gives special attention to artist elements that have been consistent over these centuries and those that have changed. Jonaitis is emeritus director of the Museum of the North. This lecture was sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute and ConocoPhillips Alaska for Native American Heritage Month in 2012. (Video)

Lecture today by Aldona Jonaitis on Tlingit art
SHI will sponsor a lecture today (Tuesday, Nov. 27) on the history of Tlingit artworks made in the 18th century to those created in the 21st century. In her lecture, “300 Years of Tlingit Art,” Aldona Jonaitis will devote special attention to artist elements that have been consistent over these centuries and those that have changed. Jonaitis is emeritus director of the Museum of the North. The lecture is scheduled 12-1 pm, Sealaska Plaza, 4th floor boardroom (bring your own lunch). The event is for SHI's annual lecture series celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Sponsored by ConocoPhillips Alaska. (Flyer)

Video of talk on Native weaving now online
If you missed our noon lecture by master weaver Delores Churchill, you can now watch it in its entirety online. In her talk, "Basketry and Alaska Native Art Reviva,." Churchill discusses the revival of Native art during the late twentieth century in communities like Ketchikan and the impact these activities had for Southeast Alaska Native arts today. The discussion will also focuses on Churchill’s own artistic experience as a master weaver. This lecture was sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute and ConocoPhillips Alaska for Native American Heritage Month in 2012. (Video) (News Article)

SHI lecture features weaver Delores Churchill
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Haida master weaver Delores Churchill was this week’s speaker for the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s lunchtime lecture series, offered on Tuesdays throughout November in recognition of Alaska Native and Native American Heritage Month. Churchill, a renowned artist who has many students in communities throughout Southeast Alaska and beyond, covered plenty of ground in her one-hour talk, reaching back into the 1960s and 1970s to trace the beginnings of the rebirth of traditional weaving in Southeast Alaska, and bringing that history up through the present day...(more)

New writer laureate bridges cultures, disciplines
By Amy Fletcher
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Nora Marks Dauenhauer was honored with a reception at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center Tuesday evening in recognition of her recent appointment as Alaska’s newest Writer Laureate. The event, which included brief speeches in English and in Tlingit, highlighted Dauenhauer’s role in shaping not only the literary arts of the state, but also in revitalizing the traditions and language of her culture. This dual role as a writer and as a Tlingit culture bearer make her unique among our Writer Laureates; she is the first Alaska Native to hold the title. Shannon E. Daut, Executive Director of Alaska State Council on the Arts, said the council was thrilled to honor Dauenhauer...(more) (Photos) (Video)

Yakutat images by Japanese national Seiki Kayamore received by SHI
In his blog this week, SHI Archivist and Collections Manager Zach Jones writes about a collection of photographs by Seiki Kayamori that was donated to SHI by Byron Mallott on behalf of the community of Yakutat. Jones writes "In 1912 thirty-five year old Japanese national Seiki Kayamori arrived in Yakutat, Alaska, to work at the local salmon canner y. He joined a crew of Japanese, Filipino, and Tlingit workers already employed in the Yakutat cannery. Kayamori, however, was an amateur photographer, and spent the next thirty years photographing the people, community life, and environment around Yakutat, and his surviving photographs provide an intimate glimpse into the environment and life of those in Yakutat between 1912 and 1941...(more) (Blog) (Kayamore Collection)

Celebrations 1982 and 2012 to be rebroadcast
Celebrations 1982 and 2012 will be rebroadcast during the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Coverage will kick off at 8 am, Thursday, Nov. 22, with excerpted footage of Celebration 1982 (the first Celebration), followed by the 2012 Juried Art Show and Competition awards ceremony. Coverage of Celebration 2012 will begin at 8 am, Friday, Nov. 23 and continue through 9:30 pm, Sunday, Nov. 25. The programming will be shown on statewide television and online on 360 North (Click the link to find the 360 North tv channel in your community and/or to watch online)
(Celebration Sponsors)

Video of Worl talk on military bombardments now online
If you missed the lecture by SHI President Rosita Worl on historic military bombardments, you can now watch it online. In her talk, "Tlingit Law, American Justice and the Destruction of Tlingit Villages," Worl explores U.S. military attacks on villages in Kake, Angoon and Wrangell in Southeast Alaska. The lecture was sponsored by the Tlingit Haida Central Council in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Her lecture is followed by comments from ANB Grand President Bill Martin and ANS Grand President Freda Westman on an ANB/ANS resolution to name November 14 Walter Soboleff Day. (Video)

Lecture today on Native basketry
SHI will sponsor a lecture today (Tuesday, Nov. 20) on basketry. The lecture by master weaver and teacher Delores Churchill is titled "Basketry and Alaska Native Art Revival." This presentation will discuss the revival of Native art during the late twentieth century in communities like Ketchikan and the impact these activities have had for Southeast Alaska Native arts today. The discussion will also focus on Churchill’s own artistic experience as a master weaver The lecture is scheduled 12-1 pm, Sealaska Plaza, 4th floor boardroom (bring your own lunch). The event is for SHI's annual lecture series celebrating Native American Heritage Month.

Worl to speak at luncheon
SHI President Rosita Worl will be the featured speaker at a luncheon today (Monday, Nov. 19) celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Her talk is titled "Tlingit Law, American Justice and the Destruction of Tlingit Villages." The lunch is sponsored by the Tlingit Haida Central Council. It is scheduled from noon to 1:30 at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau (former ANB Hall). They will also pass the hat around to assist the families of the recent fire in Juneau.

Nora Marks Dauenhauer. Photo by Brian WallaceReception to honor Nora Dauenhauer to be held Tuesday
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The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will host a reception for NoraDauenhauer, Alaska’s newest Writer Laureate, on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The reception will run from 5-6 p.m. and will include comments from Rosita Worl, President of Sealaska Heritage Institute, and JAHC executive director Nancy DeCherney, as well as UAS chancellor John Pugh. Dauenhauer may read a few poems during the event. All of her books, including the poetry collection, “Life Woven with Song,” will be on display in the JACC gallery...(more)

Video of talk on Native headgear now online
If you missed our noon lecture by Steve Henrikson, you can now watch it in its entirety online. "On the Origins and Diversity of Northern Northwest Coast Headgear" focuses on art history. It reviews what is known or surmised about many types and styles of headgear, with an emphasis on some of the earliest hats, the more unusual forms, and those imported from neighboring Native groups. Henrikson is the curator of collections at the Alaska State Museum. This lecture was sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute and ConocoPhillips Alaska for Native American Heritage Month in 2012. (Video)

Happy Walter Soboleff Day!
At its 2012 convention, the ANB/ANS Grand Camp declared November 14 Walter Soboleff Day. November 14 was Dr. Soboleff's birthday. He Walked Into The Forest in 2011 at the age of 102. He was the Chair of SHI for many years and also served on our Council of Traditional Scholars. He left a huge and lasting impact on the people he met. SHI's new center, scheduled to be built soon, is named for him. Watch Dr. Soboleff impart some words of wisdom in this Celebration 2010 video. (Walter Soboleff Center)

Lecture today on Native headgear
SHI will sponsor a lecture today (Tuesday, Nov. 13) on Native headgear. The lecture by Steve Henrikson is titled "On the Origins and Diversity of Northern Northwest Coast Headgear." With a focus on art history, this presentation will review what is known or surmised about many types and styles of headgear, with an emphasis on some of the earliest hats, the more unusual forms, and those imported from neighboring Native groups. Henrikson is the curator of collections at the Alaska State Museum. The lecture is scheduled 12-1 pm, Sealaska Plaza, 4th floor boardroom (bring your own lunch). The event is for SHI's annual lecture series celebrating Native American Heritage Month.

CBJ plans to exempt Soboleff Center from historic district standards
By Casey Kelly
KTOO
Officials with Sealaska Heritage Institute and the City and Borough of Juneau are working on a deal to let SHI out of the city’s historic district standards for the proposed Walter Soboleff Center. The four-story, 29,000 square foot education and cultural facility will be built on the edge of the downtown district, which celebrates the late 19th and early 20th century architecture of Juneau’s original mining period. The Soboleff Center will also present a historic look. After all, the history of Southeast Alaska Native architecture goes back over 10,000 years...(more) (Video of Center) (Website)

Historical photo: Old community house
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Item 89: Photograph postcard labeled "Old community house, Old Kasaan, Alaska," photograph by W.H. Case, circa 1890s. (Sealaska Heritage Institute collection)...(more)

SHI lectures for Native American Heritage Month
By Russell Stigall
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute is celebrating 2012 Native Heritage Month with weekly lunch lectures through November. The lectures focus on Native arts and will add to the institute’s expanded arts program...Worl said the institute’s work helps create opportunity for artists and educate the public. The idea is “to develop a greater cross-cultural understanding,” Worl said in the release...(more)

Tables available for Native Artist Market
There will be a Native Artist Market in December during the annual Sealaska Shareholder Informational Fair in Juneau.The market will be held 4:30-7pm, Friday, Dec. 7 at Centennial Hall. To apply and reserve a free table, contact Carmaleeda Estrada at 586.9280 or carmaleeda.estrada@sealaska.com. Space is limited! Deadline is Nov. 21, 2012.

SHI to sponsor lectures for Native American Heritage Month
Series will focus on Native art
SHI will sponsor a noon lecture series to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November. The brown-bag lunch series will focus on Native art, said SHI Arts Director Rico Worl. The institute has expanded its art program in recent years to assist artists and to teach the public about Native art, said Worl, adding the lecture series is open to anyone who is interested in the topic. “The decision to make a more focused effort on arts is to improve the opportunities for artists but also to educate the public—to develop a greater cross-cultural understanding,” Worl said. The lectures, sponsored by ConocoPhillips Alaska, will be held from 12-1 pm in the 4th floor boardroom at Sealaska Plaza in Juneau. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunches...(more) (Flyer)

A missionary's words from the past and Tlingit language
From SHI archivist Zach Jones' blog: Recently I came across a published memoir of a missionary couple, Charles and May Replogle, who operated a day school for Alaska Native youth in Douglas, Alaska during the 1890s. Their memoir, entitled Among the Indians of Alaska, published in 1904, contains wording about their efforts to stop the use of indigenous language of tribal youth in the classroom. Their words, when read today, sound very harsh and are troubling for many Alaska Natives seeking to learn their respective languages, but it is important to acknowledge the practices of the past and what indigenous communities have overcome...(more)

Photo albumDigital display of Alaska Native veterans' photo album online
SHI has just posted scanned images from a historic photograph album of Tlingit veteran Stanley D. Peratrovich (1919-2002) online. Originally born at Klawock, Alaska, the photograph album contains images of Peratrovich’s time as a student at the Wrangell Institute during the late 1930s and then his journeys around Alaska during his service in the U.S. Army during the Second World War. Recently donated to SHI by Peratrovich’s widow, Evelyn M. Peratrovich, the photograph album documents Alaska Native life and military service during an important period in Alaskan history...(more)

Historical photo: Chief Shakes Community House
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Postcard photograph of the Chief Shakes Community House in Wrangell, 1940. (Sealaska Heritage Institute collection)...(more)

Films, lectures celebrate Native American Heritage Month
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November is Alaska Native and Native American Heritage Month, and in Juneau there will be plenty of opportunity to learn more about indigenous cultures in Southeast and elsewhere. Here’s a look at some of the happenings. Sealaska Heritage Institute will once again host a lecture series in recognition of Alaska Native & Native American Heritage Month...(more)

UAA to offer course on Alaska Native Business
The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) will offer a new, 1-credit course on Alaska Native Business in November. The objectives are to connect students with Alaska Native leaders, examine career opportunities at Alaska Native coporations and develop business skills. Course will be offered 8am-4pm on Nov. 9 and Nov. 16...(more) (Flyer)

Historical photo: 'Yaxte' Big Dipper Totem
Photograph postcard of "Yaxte' Big Dipper Totem, Juneau, Alaska," photo by Oroway, circa 1900 (Sealaska Heritage Institute collections)...(more)

AFN calls for change in law to allow use of feathers in Native art
ALASKA NATIVE NEWS
The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) has unanimously passed a resolution calling for changes to federal law to allow Native use of feathers in art and handicrafts for sale. The vote came during the AFN’s convention in Anchorage, following publicity about award-winning Tlingit artist Archie Cavanaugh who recently faced possible prison time and a hefty fine for attempting to sell a headdress and hat adorned with flicker and raven feathers...(more)

Walter Soboleff CenterSHI officials express appreciation for community support of Soboleff Center construction
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The planned Walter Soboleff Center by the Sealaska Heritage Institute was one topic of conversation with SHI officials on Juneau Radio Center's Action Line today. Chief of Operations Lee Kadinger said he was thankful for the support of Juneau voters who approved an extension of the one percent temporary sales tax on election day earlier this month. Three million dollars of the levy will go toward construction of the facility estimated to cost $20 Million. Kadinger says they have raised nearly $14 Million so far. So he says things are moving forward quickly. Kadinger says they are looking to go out to bid and begin construction very soon. He didn't offer a specific time frame.

SHI releases curriculum on Alaska Native history
CAPITAL CITY WEEKLY
Sealaska Heritage Institute has produced a three-volume set of materials to teach Alaska Native history and to help address a need for curriculum on Native studies. The curriculum, developed for grades six to eight, examines Alaska Native history from the Native worldview of creation through modern times and includes an extensive exploration of the landmark Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act...(more) (Curriculum)

Historical photo: Totem carver
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Item 91: Postcard photograph labeled “Alaska Native totem carver,” circa 1939, by Schallerer. It appears this image was taken during the Civilian Conservation Corps federal Works Relief Program when Tlingit and Haida carvers created Southeast Alaska’s totem (Sealaska Heritage Institute collection)...(more)

SHI sponsored a separate DNA study at Celebration 2008. Photo by Brian WallaceDNA study results delayed
Some people have asked about the results of the DNA study done during Celebration. The lead researcher, Ted Schurr, initially expected to have results by the end of August. But due to unexpected personnel changes in his lab, the date has been pushed back to the end of November. Once he has the results, he’ll upload them into the project database. Participants will be able to access their results through the project website using their respective GPID number, or project code, which starts with "PA" and is followed by a series of eight letters and numbers. They will also send to participants additional details about their DNA analysis through email or snail mail after the data are uploaded to the database...(more) (News Article)

Historical photo: Postcard poses
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This is a brown and white photograph postcard titled “The Dancers,” who were identified on the postcard as Kaw-claa and Prince Stene-tu, photo by Case & Draper, 1910. This staged image shows a Tlingit woman and male youth in traditional regalia with ethnographic items. These individuals were likely paid to pose for this photograph (Sealaska Heritage Institute collections)...(more)

AFN calls for change in law to allow use of feathers in Native art
The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) has unanimously passed a resolution calling for changes to federal law to allow Native use of feathers in art and handicrafts for sale. The vote came during the AFN’s convention in Anchorage, following publicity about award-winning Tlingit artist Archie Cavanaugh who recently faced possible prison time and a hefty fine for attempting to sell a headdress and hat adorned with flicker and raven feathers...(more)

Murkowski and Young criticize government actions to AFN delegates
ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS
By Kyle Hopkins
Fishermen cited for breaking a subsistence fishing ban on the Lower Kuskokwim River should never have been fined, Sen. Lisa Murkowski told a crowd of hundreds Friday at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention. Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, speaking at a forum about hunting and fishing rights and other issues, also criticized recent sanctions against an Alaska Native artist fined for using raven parts and other feathers in his contemporary artwork. "I think this has been an embarrassment for how our government and our federal agencies ignore the traditions and cultures of our first people," Murkowski said...(more)

Shakee.at with feathersOur View: Native artistry using feathers will not endanger birds
ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS
If a picture is worth a thousand words, try the two shown at the right. Top, traditional Tlingit headdress with flicker feathers, by award-winning artist Archie Cavanaugh. Bottom, same headdress with a haircut, courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Absurd, isn't it? We're glad that U.S. Fish and Wildlife aims to protect migratory birds. So, we imagine, are most of the Native artists who use the birds' feathers. But this is an example of law running counter to both common sense and cultural heritage. Cavanaugh had no idea he was breaking the law until the service told him he could be subject to fines and jail time for selling or attempting to sell artifacts made with the bird feathers, as he was doing on the Internet...(more)

Historical photo: Inside the Nugget Shop
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This is an undated photo of the inside of the Nugget Shop, a downtown fixture that sold Native art and all kinds of Alaskana (Sealaska Heritage Institute collections)...(more) (Note the Chilkat blanket hanging on the far wall)

SHI compiles comprehensive list of ANS Grand Camp officers
SHI has compiled the most comprehensive list to date of Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp officers. The list was compiled by SHI archival intern Alyssa Peterson and SHI’s Archivist & Collection Manager Zachary R. Jones. Spanning from 1914 to 2012, this list is the first ever presented to the public. Although officers who served some years remain unknown due to lack of historical records to research, this list adds greatly to the understudied history of the ANS...(more)

Thornton gets award for "Our Grandparents Names on the Land"
The Alaska Historical Society has awarded Thomas Thornton its 2012 “Contributions to Alaska History Award” for “Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land,” which was published by SHI this year. The award recognizes an individual or individuals who have made a singular and significant recent contribution to Alaskan history in any medium or activity. The group announced the award in Sitka last week at their annual conference. The book was compiled by Thornton in collaboration with hundreds of people, including area Tribes and Elders, under several grants administered by Harold Martin through the Southeast Native Subsistence Commission and Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. The book was co-published with the University of Washington Press.

Tlingit artist avoids jail time over use of feathers in artwork
ALASKA DISPATCH
By Suzanna Caldwell
Early last month Tlingit artist Archie Cavanaugh had a bit of shock when a U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer came to his door, telling him he could be charged with a felony because he tried to sell two pieces of Tlingit artwork adorned with bird feathers. What Cavanaugh, 61, didn't know was that those feathers -- flicker and raven -- are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty and Lacey Act, which prohibit the sale of certain protected bird parts...(more)

Shakee.at after feathers were confiscatedNative Alaskan artist told selling his art violates federal laws
ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS
By Mike Dunham
For hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years, Natives of Southeast Alaska have paid artisans to create tools, clothing and ceremonial regalia adorned with feathers. So contemporary Tlingit carver Archie Cavanaugh was startled last month when U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service personnel told him that items he had advertised for sale violated federal laws. Specifically: a carved hat featuring the wings and tail of a raven, and a headdress, or “shakee.át,” topped with the feathers of a flicker, a robin-size relative of the woodpecker. “They told me that under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act they can charge me up to $10,000 and throw me in jail for a couple of years,” Cavanaugh said. “And they told me that under the Lacey Act they can charge me up to $100,000 and put me in jail for 10 years. It was very scary. I went into complete depression"...(more)

Shakee.at with feathersTlingit artist tells cautionary tale about use of feathers in art
SHI to work with Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) to address matter this week
Award-winning Tlingit carver Archie Cavanaugh is still reeling from federal charges that threatened to imprison him for 10 years and impose a $100,000 fine—all because he put feathers on his work. Cavanaugh says he did not know he was prohibited by two federal laws from using flicker feathers and raven feathers on pieces for sale, and he wants other Native artists to know they could be in legal peril as well. “It was devastating, it was depressive. It was hurtful, painful, for a carver—a Tlingit—to go through what I did, not knowing it was a law,” Cavanaugh said...(more) (News Article)

Chief Shakes canoeHistorical photo: A proud tradition paddling
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This photograph shows a Tlingit carved long boat full of paddlers with Chief Shakes VII standing in front. The photographer is unknown, but the photo is from 1940. Chief Shakes VII, also known as Charlie Jones, was arrested in 1922 for voting, a right associated with citizenship not granted for another two years. The name "Shakes"--originally Wiisheyksh--comes from a battle fought on canoes generations before...(more)

Historical photo: Chief Kawee and tribe, Juneau
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Cabinet card photograph of "Chief Kawee and tribe, Juneau," by Winter & Brown, circa 1870s. View shows approximately twenty Native men posing in front of a dead brown bear, at what appears to be the old Juneau Indian Village. Background shows some Native women and children amidst Tlingit homes (Sealaska Heritage Institute collection)...(more)

Nora Marks Dauenhauer. Photo by Brian WallaceNora Dauenhauer named Alaska State Writer Laureate
The Governor of Alaska has named Nora Marks Dauenhauer Alaska State Writer Laureate! She will represent Alaska from 2012-2014. She was one of seven people and organizations who will be honored as the 2012 recipients of the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities.Nora has made numerous contributions, including SHI's award-winning series Classics of Tlingit Oral Literature, which she edited with her husband, Richard Dauenhauer. The awards will be presented will be presented during a dinner at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage on Thursday, October 18th. (News Article)

Jackie KookeshSHI hires education director
SHI has hired Jackie D’Cafango Kookesh to serve as education director. Ms. Kookesh, who has extensive administrative and teaching experience as an educator, holds a Master of Education in Education Leadership. Her most recent position was that of vice principal of the Floyd Dryden Middle School in Juneau. Prior to that, she was an art teacher, middle school teacher and principal for Angoon Schools K-12 Programs. She is a tribal member grounded in her knowledge of Native culture and arts. She is highly respected both in the education field and in the Native community. She was awarded the Milkin Foundation National Educator Award in 1991 and received the National Gallery of Art 100th Year Scholar award in the same year. Welcome Jackie! 

Historical photo: A sailboat near Douglas Island
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The words on the back read, "A sailboat near Douglas Is." This undated shot is from the Harry E. Bonner Photo Collection at Sealaska Heritage Institute...(more)

SHI awarded $825,660 grant to fund leadership academies in region
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has received a federal grant to fund leadership academies in urban and rural communities throughout Southeast Alaska. The $825,660 grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA-SEDS) will allow SHI to operate leadership academies over three years for tribal students in high school. The program is designed to increase high school graduation rates while encouraging and preparing participants to pursue high education opportunities, said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more)

Historical photo: Douglas Progressive Native Club
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The Douglas Progressive Native Group Photograph, 1916. Photo by E[dward] Andrews. Reverse reads "Old Douglas Hospital." (Sealaska Heritage Institute collection)...(more)

Historical photo: Glory Hole
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The writing below image reads, "glory hole, Treadwell Mine, Douglas Is." It is undated. (Sealaska Heritage Institute collection)...(more)

Young Tlingit artist honors tradition with Trickster brand
By Amy Fletcher
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The juxtaposition of tradition and innovation is fairly common in contemporary Tlingit art; less so is the blend of seriousness and exuberance found in Rico Worl’s skateboard designs. The designs Worl creates for his boards are graphic, modern, and — backed with colorful paint splatters — even playful; and yet his execution of formline design and other Tlingit elements is carefully considered, the product of in-depth study of traditional rules and cultural protocol. Raised amidst the influence of many highly respected Tlingit artists and culture bearers — including his grandmother Rosita Worl, his aunt Celeste Worl, and clan member Nathan Jackson — Worl’s cultural education began early, and included an appreciation of art as an integral element of his life...(more)

Worl published in new book
SHI President Rosita Worl authored a chapter in the newly released Health and Social Issues of Native American Women. It’s the first book that explores and discusses health and related social issues within the world of Native American women, providing strong historical and cultural perspectives as well as other contextual information that is often missing or misrepresented in other works about Native American women. Worl’s piece is titled Alaska Native Women: 40 Years of Sociocultural Change. The book was edited by Jennie Joe and Francine Gachupin and published by ABC-CLIO—Praeger...(more)

Jones in Wrangell to study 1869 Bombardment
WRANGELL SENTINEL
Zachary Jones, a historian and archivist for Sealaska Heritage Institute, was in Wrangell last week to speak to the public about his ongoing research into documentation of the 1869 Battle of Wrangell. Jones, a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnohistory at University of Alaska Fairbanks, has worked for Sealaska for five years as a curator on Native artifacts...the Native version of the story differs markedly, however, from what the other have contended...(more) (Photo of William Tamaree (#113))

Historical photo: Children gathering herring on Douglas
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This photograph shows Tlingit children gathering herring on a Douglas Island beach, near Juneau in 1895. The Douglas Pharmacy building is in the background. (Sealaska Heritage Institute collection)...(more) (10-3-12)

Historical Sports Photo: Hoonah Alaskans Tlingit baseball team
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This oversized cabinet card photo shows the Tlingit baseball team called the "Alaskans" in their baseball uniforms. The photo is undated. Photography was done by E. Andrews of Douglas. Research by Richard Wood uncovered mention of how Tlingit culture-bearer J. B. Fawcett (1889-1983) (Tseexwaa) was a baseball player and manager for the Hoonah baseball team called the 'Alaskans.' Photo courtesy of the Sealaska Heritage Institute (PO049: Richard Wood Photograph Collection). Sealaska Heritage Institute Tlingit language specialist Linda Belarde contacted Chookaneidi Elder Lily White of Hoonah about the photo. White recalls watching the Alaskans play...(more)

Historical photo: Old Witch Doctor and Nugget shop
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This color postcard of the "Old Witch Doctor and Nugget Shop, Juneau, Alaska," is postmarked 1938. Its reverse (not pictured) tells the story of the Old Witch totem from Sukwan and provides information about the Nugget Shop.(Sealaska Heritage Institute EBay collection)...(more) (9-30-12)

Historical photo: Canoe race
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This is a photograph taken circa 1904 by the Albertype Co., NY, circa 1904 showing people racing canoes off the Juneau shore. (Sealaska Heritage Institute EBay collection)...(more)

Strong turnout for Alaska Native vote
By MARK MILLER
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Attendees of an Alaska Native Vote event at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall Thursday had the opportunity to learn about the voting process, get registered to vote and more. The event, supported by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Sealaska Corp., the League of Women Voters, the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 70, and the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority, was aimed at empowering Native residents to organize politically and participate in upcoming elections...(more)

Walter Soboleff CenterSealaska Heritage gets education & Soboleff center grants
By Rosemarie Alexander
Sealaska Heritage Institute has received a total of $4.5 million for educational programs and the Walter Soboleff Center to be built in downtown Juneau. The federally funded Alaska Native Education Program has awarded three grants; the first for about $2 million over two years, dedicated to construction of the Soboleff facility. The second grant is $1.2 million over three years for cultural orientation programs for teachers in the Juneau School District and University of Alaska Southeast. The heritage institute has already signed an agreement with the school district and UAS for educational programs. SHI president Rosita Worl says the program for teachers’ began informally this fall...(more)

Walter Soboleff CenterSHI awarded $4.5 million in grants for educational programs, Walter Soboleff Center
SHI has received three federal grants for educational programs and to help fund construction of the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau.The first grant awards approximately $2 million over two years to help build the center, which will be an educational facility for the sharing and study of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures. The center will include classroom and event spaces—which will be available for public use— artist demonstrations, and a state-of-the-art research facility for the preservation and study of archival and ethnographic collections...(more) (News Story)

Radio station donates archives to heritage group
The Associated Press
Sealaska Heritage Institute says a southeast Alaska radio station has donated hundreds of audio recordings to the institute. The archival donation from Wrangell radio station KSTK consists of hundreds of hours of recordings made from the 1960s to the 1990s. Institute officials say the recordings document some topics of interest to Alaska Natives as well as the wider community...(more) (9-27-12)

Radio station donates archival recordings to SHI
Audio reels document the community of Wrangell
A Southeast Alaska radio station has donated to Sealaska Heritage Institute hundreds of audio recordings dating from the 1960s to the 1990s. The collection donated by KSTK-FM documents the history and events of the community of Wrangell through interviews and talk shows over the years, said SHI Archivist and Collections Manager Zachary Jones. The recordings touch upon topics of interest to the Native community and the community as a whole, Jones said...(more)

Joint effort seeks information about 1869 Battle of Wrangell
by Ariel Van Cleave
KSTK News
Local residents are asked to share stories they may have about the 1869 Battle of Wrangell. The Wrangell Cooperative Association is teaming up with the Sealaska Heritage Institute to find out more information about the conflict and work on ways to commemorate the event. The partnership is thanks to a $32,000 grant from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program. Zach Jones is with the Heritage Institute and has been in Wrangell the last few days talking with residents and performing research...(more)

SHI releases curriculum on Alaska Native history, land claims
Materials to help fill void in Alaska Native studies
SHI has produced a three-volume set of materials to teach Alaska Native history and to help address a need for curriculum on Native studies.
The curriculum, d eveloped for grades six to eight, examines Alaska Native history from the Native worldview of creation through modern times and includes an extensive exploration of the landmark Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). It’s critical for students, the public and policy makers to understand Alaska Native history and ANCSA, which was passed by Congress in 1971, said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more)

Historical photo: Douglas beach scene, 1886
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This 1886 scene, taken on a Douglas beach, shows Tlingit men standing in front of a canoe with Tlingit women seated in the canoe. The photographer was Partridge. Juneau is seen in the background. (Richard Wood Photograph Collection #5675293333949634978)...(more)

Historical photo: Native village in Juneau
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This photo from the Sealaska Heritage Institute collection by Edward deGroff shows what he called the “Indian City at Juneau” and was taken circa 1880. It shows Tlingit homes and canoes along a beach on the Gastineau Channel. (John Delgado collection, #5185567553350289250)...(more)

National Geographic profiles Tlingit family in video
The National Geographic Channel did an interview with a Tlingit family that was linked by DNA to Long Ago Person Found. The DNA study was sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute at Celebration years ago to find living descendants of the man, who died about 300 years ago. In this video, the Rosenberg family talks about what it was like to hear the news. (Video) (2008 Press Release)

SHI awarded two grants to perpetuate, interpret Native arts
SHI has been awarded two grants to perpetuate Native arts and to help the general public interpret Northwest Coast art designs. The Alaska Humanities Forum has given SHI a $7,000 grant to develop a booklet that interprets the distinctive Native designs known as formline. Members of the public frequently ask for assistance in understanding the designs—it’s one of the most common questions fielded by SHI and art and tourism organizations. The booklet, “An Interpretive Guide to Northwest Coast Formline,” will use illustrations and archival photos to explain basic formline elements and to clarify color usage and clan crests as proprietary intellectual property. The booklet will include a formline drawing for readers to interpret followed by an answer key...(more) (News Article)

SHI seeking Native art instructors
SHI is looking for qualified Native art instructors for its Jineit Art Academy. Instructors will host two-day formline workshops in various Southeast communities. Attendance to a one-day training in Juneau is required (travel expensese for candidates outside of Juneau will be paid by SHI. Candidates should have advanced formline skills. Teaching experience is preferred. To apply, send three (two-dimensional_ formline examples and a resume to Rico Worl at One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 301, Juneau, AK  99801 or email to rico.worl@sealaska.com (Flyer)

Grant funds Battle of Wrangell research
BY ED SCHOENFELD
CoastAlaska News
Did you know the United States Army and Stikine Tlingits fought a battle in Wrangell almost 150 years ago? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. Tis Peterman has lived in Wrangell all her life. But until a few years ago, she’d never heard of the 1869 Battle of Wrangell. “I happened to come across it when I did some research for the museum that was built here,” she says. Peterman works for the Wrangell Cooperative Association, the Southeast community’s tribal government. “And it was just this very little story"...(more) (8-21-12)

Celebration lectures now available online
If you missed our lectures during Celebration, you can now watch them in their entirety through our online video library. Tom Thornton and Harold Martin gave a talk about the Southeast Native place names project and an atlas recently published by SHI. Steve Hendrickson talked about origins, tyhpes and styles of Northwest Coast hats and headdresses. (Our Grandparents' Names on the Land) (Northern Northwest Coast Native Headgear)

Job opening at SHI
SHI is seeking a research assistant to the president. Major responsibilities and duties include project-driven and general research and analysis for the president and project leaders. Required: bachelor's degree in anthropology, sociology, geography or a closely related field and one year of experience performing professional research at the entry level. Send resume to Sarah Dybdahl, sarah.dybdahl@sealaska.com, 907.586.9234. (Position Description)

SHI to feature Git Hoan Dancers, Native art and cultures, at Santa Fe Indian Market
SHI for the second year will showcase Alaska Native art and cultures at the world famous Santa Fe Indian Market.In addition to dance performances, SHI will feature Native art demonstrations, art sales and cultural performances to spotlight the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. The institute hopes to eventually broaden its Native art markets and the trip is an opportunity for staff to study a very successful one and to acquaint art buyers there with Northwest Coast art, Worl said...(more) (News Story)

Native students get crash course on cultural values
BY MARK D. MILLER
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Students attending the Latseen Leadership Academy in Juneau got a special visit Thursday from Rosita Worl, president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute. The institute hosts the week-long camp every summer, and Worl was there to give a talk on the cultural values of Southeast Alaska’s Native people. In her half-hour lecture, Worl emphasized four “core cultural values” ...(more)

Sanya Kwaan will be the lead dance group in 2014. Photo by Brian WallaceCelebration 2014 dates announced
Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor the next Celebration June 11-14, 2014 in Juneau. Celebration 2014 will kick off with the institute's biennial Juried Art Show and Competition awards ceremony on June 11. Celebration 2014 will be led by the Saanya Kwáan (Cape Fox) from Ketchikan (right). Hotels sometimes fill up soon after this date is released, so SHI encourages people to book rooms early.

Sealaska Heritage Institute to work with WCA in researching 1869 bombardment of Wrangell
The event had Wrangell in the national news and the crosshairs of the U.S. military
A largely forgotten piece of Wrangell history may soon come to light, as the Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has been awarded a grant to research the 1869 Bombardment of Wrangell. SHI was the recipient of a one-year National Park Service (NPS) Battlefield Preservation Grant to document 1869 Bombardment through oral history work with elders in partnership with the Wrangell Cooperative Association (WCA). This is the first ever Battlefield Preservation Grant awarded to an organization in Alaska to study a U.S. military conflict with a Native American tribe...(more)

Celebration 2012 to be rebroadcast
Celebration 2012 will be rebroadcast in its entirety this Friday through Sunday beginning at 8 am each day! The broadcast, made possible by SHI and Celebration sponsors, will be televised statewide on 360 North and streamed online. (Where to Watch on TV) (Webcast)

Famous carver Amos Wallace's documents headed for public archive
BY ED SCHOENFELD
CoastAlaska News
Amos Wallace was a keeper. So his longtime home on Juneau’s Douglas Island held numerous documents from his nearly 70-year career. Since he and his wife Dorothy passed away, their son, photographer Brian Wallace, has been going through the collection. “I was in the basement in the earlier part of this year and I opened up some boxes of stuff and I saw some photos that I’ve never seen before, and unfortunately I found this,” Brian Wallace says...(more)

SHI receives grant to document Wrangell bombardment
SHI has received a grant to document the 1869 bombardment of Wrangell. The one-year, $31,718 grant from the National Park Service Battlefield Preservation Grant program will fund oral history work with Elders in Wrangell in partnership with the tribe, the Wrangell Cooperative Association (WCA). A final report will go to the community of Wrangell and the WCA. This appears to be the first-ever NPS Battlefield Preservation Grant awarded to an organization in Alaska to study a U.S. military conflict with a tribe. (Press Release)

SHI to sponsor free basketball camp
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Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor free basketball camps in Juneau for kids in grades 5 to 12. The camps will be held at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School and are open to youth of all skill levels...(more)

Amos Wallace collection donated to SHI, Walter Soboleff Center
Collection includes hundreds of formline drawings made by master carver
The son of the late, master carver Amos Wallace has donated his father’s collection of drawings and historical photographs and papers to Sealaska Heritage Institute. The collection, donated by Brian Wallace, is a treasure trove of original drawings made by the famous artist as he was designing totem poles and other carvings destined for museums, universities and private collections. Brian donated it to the institute because he wanted it to be archived and shared at SHI’s Walter Soboleff Center, scheduled to break ground next year. “It’s really exciting to me that the Walter Soboleff Center is going to be built soon and my dad’s archive is going to be in there—in the center that was named after one of his best friends,” Wallace said. “It is a very, very profound, meaningful thing for me and the rest of the family that his artwork will be preserved there and be shared"...(more) (News Article)

SHI to sponsor basketball camp in Juneau
SHI will sponsor free basketball camps in Juneau for kids in grades 5 to 12.The camps will be held at DZ Middle School and are open to youth of all skill levels. The purpose is to provide a week of fun but intensive instruction in the fundamentals of basketball while incorporating Tlingit language and culture.
The camp is scheduled 10 am-4:30 pm, July 23-27. For more information, contact Jordan Gibson at 586-9272 or jordan.gibson@sealaska.com...(more) (Flyer)

Intern Kelsey Potdevin caring for the legendary Raven outfit worn by the late Nancy Jackson. The Raven was donated to SHI in June by her son, Nathan Jackson.Grant allows SHI to fund collections management intern
A grant from the Alaska State Museum has allowed SHI to offer a collections management internship to Kelsey Potdevin (pictured). The 2013 Grant-in-Aid award for $2,000 will allow Kelsey to assist SHI in caring for and preserving its ethnographic collection. (News Article)

Website for resource guide on genetics research now live
The National Congress of American Indians has launched a website to help tribal members and others navigate the questions and issues surrounding genetics research. A website affiliated with the project is now live. The team is now in the community outreach phase and seeking broad input from American Indian/Alaska Native communities and other interested stakeholders on the web resource (contact psahota@ncai.org) SHI President Rosita Worl served as a contributor on the project. (Website)

Dorica and Nathan Jackson.Legendary Raven outfit donated to SHI
Nathan Jackson has donated his mother’s legendary Raven outfit to Sealaska Heritage Institute. His mother, Nancy Jackson, was known and loved for her "Raven Dance," which is forever memorialized in a video of the first Celebration of 1982 and her cherished, tiny beaded figures. Nancy Walked Into The Forest on June 23. Nancy, whose Tlingit name was Jigawdu.oo, was of the Lukaax.ádi clan and the Raven House in Haines.

From left: Chief Operating Officer Lee Kadinger, SHI President Rosita Worl, Jonathan Loney and his mother Marilyn Loney.Young Tlingit student wins national writing contest
Tlingit high school student Jonathan Loney is one of five young writers in the nation to take first place in the 2012 Young Native Writers Essay Contest. Jonathan stopped by SHI today to meet SHI President Rosita Worl and tell her the news. In his essay, Jonathan wrote about the need to revitalize the Tlingit language. "A troubling fact I’ve faced while telling my friends about learning Tlingit is they view it like Latin: dead, unpractical, and a waste of time. That hurts me more than any other insult could. It also makes me want to prove them wrong and learn more and more Tlingit," wrote Loney, who took a Tlingit language class at UAS and plans to enroll again for a second year. Rosita encouraged him to continue his language studies, saying we treasure our language learners: "You’re precious to us. You’re our jewels," she told him. Loney outlined language resources that are available to students, including those at SHI and on the institute’s website. He also interviewed SHI’s Linda Belarde, a Tlingit language specialist, for the essay. The contest winners will travel to Washington, D.C. in July to meet members of Congress, including Alaska’s Congressman, U.S. Rep. Don Young. The annual contest is sponsored by Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, Inc.

WDN members reflect on recent trip to Juneau for Celebration 2012
"I was challenged and inspired by this semi-immersion into the Tlingit culture. I learned about dance, regalia, kinship patterns, art, sustainable living, language, gender roles. I learned about breaking free of gender roles and the (extreme) difficulty of bringing recognition to traditions in land use and ownership from governmental and conservation groups. Yet, slowly, with great wisdom, courage and determined activism, Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) leads Alaskan Natives themselves to incorporating and integrating the traditions into their lifestyle...(more)

UAF partners with Google to preserve Alaska Native languages
KTOO-FM
BY HEATHER BRYANT
Alaska’s 20 native languages are a generation away from disappearing. But a new effort is adding technology to the list of tools for saving the languages. The Alaska Native Language Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has joined Google in the Endangered Languages Project, a worldwide effort to collaborate on a website where users will find comprehensive information on endangered languages...“It’s a great way to bring attention to the plight of native languages,” said Rosita Worl, president of Sealaska Heritage Institute...(more)

Native gravesite unearthed during Gastineau school construction
BY MARK MILLER
Construction work outside Gastineau Community School in Douglas ground to a halt Thursday when workers digging in front of the building came across a marked grave buried below layers of dirt, City and Borough of Juneau officials said Friday.The grave of Sam Goldstein, a Chilkat man from Klukwan who died in 1927, was apparently missed when crews relocated several old burial sites during construction in the 1960s, said Rorie Watt, director of the Juneau Engineering Department. It was uncovered, with headstone intact, at about 3 p.m. Thursday by workers digging footings for a concrete staircase to the entryway of the school, he said. “We had not at all expected to find anything there,” said Watt...(more)

Photo: Honoring traditions in art and family
BY MICHAEL PENN
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Leaders of Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI), Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA) and the Juneau Community Foundation talk with Ed Kunz, Jr., right, and his daughter, Micalyne Kunz McGhee, second from right, during an announcement of a partnership between SHI and THRHA to replace two totem poles and refurnish a screen at the Gajaa Hit building on Thursday...(more)

From left,Lee Kadinger and Rico Worl of SHI; Ricardo Worl of THRHA; Mandy Mallott of the Juneau Community Foundation; Micalyne Kunz McGhee and Ed Kunz, Jr.SHI, Tlingit Haida Housing, to enter partnership to replace totems, refurbish screen
Project to be funded in part by grant from Juneau Community Foundation
SHI and the Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA) are partnering to replace two old totem poles and refurbish a screen in downtown Juneau. The pieces, located at the Gajaa Hít building near the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, include a Raven totem, Eagle totem and a Raven and Eagle screen. THRHA took action when it became apparent the poles posed a problem, said Ricardo Worl, CEO of THRHA. "It all started when one of our property managers came into the office and there was a beak laying on her desk...(more)

Ferry sailings spike during Celebration
Chamber says Juneau reaps benefits of the event; ferry system serves more travelers
BY MARK D. MILLER
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sailings to and from the Auke Bay ferry terminal were up during the week of Celebration earlier this month, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities — but don’t expect that bump in revenue to buoy Juneau’s economy. Nearly twice as many people traveled to or from Juneau via the Alaska Marine Highway System from June 5 to June 11 as did during the seven-day period before. The spike suggests that ferry tourism surged during the cultural festival...(more)

SHI annual report, video now online
Our 2011 Annual Report is now available online. It covers our programs, including Native art, education and Native languages and collections and research. It also documents our progress on the Walter Soboleff Center. SHI documents programs on video and produces a highlights video for the previous year as well. We'll have these reports available at the annual meeting in Juneau. To get a hardcopy report mailed to you, contact Kathy Dye at 907.586.9189, kathy.dye@sealaska.com. (2011 Annual Report) (2011 Video Highlights)

Did you lose something at Celebration?
If so, call our front office--we may have it: 907.463.4844, donald.gregory@sealaska.com.

SHI throws thank-you picnic for Celebration volunteers
At Celebration 2012, we had an awesome, dedicated group of volunteers who helped make it a success. To show our appreciation, we threw a picnic for them yesterday. Photo shows some, but not all, of our Celebration volunteers. Thank you volunteers!

Celebration dumps $2 million into Juneau economy, study says
BY ROSEMARIE ALEXANDER
KTOO-FM
Celebration 2012 reportedly brought $2 million into the Juneau economy. An economic impact study conducted by Juneau research firm McDowell Group indicates that $1.1 million is new money, brought into Juneau by visitors...(more)

Study: Celebration a $2M boon to local economy
BY MARK D. MILLER
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Visitors to Juneau spent $1.1 million during Celebration 2012 last week, bringing a sizable amount of new revenue to the city and local businesses, according to the results of a study released Thursday by Sealaska Heritage Institute. The institute, which stages the event every two years, said the McDowell Group calculated the total economic impact of Celebration 2012 at $2 million. The 3,300 non-residents who bought tickets for the cultural festival, including Native dancers from outside Juneau, were responsible for more than half of that spending...(more)

New study puts economic impact of Celebration 2012 at $2 million
Event brought $1.1 million in new dollars to Juneau
A new study by the McDowell Group has found the economic impact of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Celebration 2012 on Juneau was $2 million during the four-day event in June. That figure is pretty impressive, said Bob Koenitzer, senior project manager for the McDowell Group. “That’s a lot of money coming into the community over a four-day period,” said Koenitzer, adding the figure actually is conservative because the study did not factor in transportation to and from Juneau...(more)

Origins of the Alaska Native Sisterhood
In his blog this week, SHI Archivist and Collections Manager Zach Jones writes about the dearth of study on the Alaska Native Sisterhood and explores two sources that shed light on the founding of the ANS: the Voice of the Brotherhood and a recording donated to SHI by Ethel Lund...(more) (Blog)

DVDs of Celebration 2012 available
Celebration 2012 DVDs are available for purchase. Videos available include Grand Entrance, Grand Exit, individual dance performances, parade, and Toddler Regalia Review. $25 per DVD plus shipping. Allow 5-8 weeks for delivery. To order contact our front office at 907-463-4844.

Winners of soapberry, seaweed contests announced
Two people have taken top prizes in traditional-food contests at Celebration 2012. Rochelle Revey of Kake won first place in the biennial black seaweed contest. Doris McLean of Whitehorse, Yukon, took first place in the institute’s second soapberry contest. Other winners of the soapberry contest were Fran Neumann of Whitehorse, Yukon, who took second place, and Evelyn Folbar, of Atlin, British Columbia, who took third place...(more)
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Juried Art Show and Competition Awards Ceremony now online
If you missed the awards ceremony on June 6, the video is now online. Features comments by jurors Nathan Jackson and Peter Corey followed by a photo collage showing pieces that took top awards and other pieces accepted into the show. (Video)

Photos: A grand entrance indeed
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Maka Mongure of the Mt. St. Elias Dancers of Yakutat dances off the stage in Centennial Hall during Celebration 2012's Grand Entrance on Thursday. (Photos)

Celebration juried art competition winners named
BY MATT MILLER
KTOO-FM
One of the early events of Celebration 2012 featured the announcement of winners of the juried art competition and unveiling of a month-long exhibit of their work...(more)

SHI's juried art exhibit opens at JACC
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute held an opening reception and awards ceremony for their sixth Juried Art Show and Competition Wednesday evening, naming seven winners across three categories, and recognizing 14 additional artists in the exhibit. The art show, held at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center following an informal Native Artists Gathering, is one of the first major events of Celebration 2012, which continues today and runs through Saturday...(more)

Winners of Juried Art Competition announced
Seven artists have taken top awards at Sealaska Heritage Institute’s sixth Juried Art Show and Competition in Juneau. The winners, chosen by jurors Nathan Jackson, a world-renowned Tlingit artist, and Peter Corey, a scholar in Northwest Coast arts, are Best of Show, Arthur B. Nelson for Raven Bowl (pictured)...(more) (Photos)

Strengthen yourself at Celebration
BY RUSSELL STIGALL
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Southeast Alaska’s premier Native culture, art and dance event returns to Juneau as the Sealaska Heritage Institute hosts its biennial Celebration, Juried Art Show and Native Artists Gathering this week. Celebration’s motto this year is "Strengthen Yourself" — Ayanaltseenáa (Tlingit), Án hl is daguyáa (Haida) and Lip sha gotgyednshm (Tsimshian)...(more)

SHI sponsored a separate DNA study at Celebration 2008. Photo by Brian WallaceGenetic researchers hope to trace Raven and Eagle lineages
DNA study under way at Celebration
BY MIKE DUNHAM
ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS
Alaska Natives in Juneau for this week's Celebration gathering are being asked to participate in a DNA study that may help determinek which came first -- the Raven or the Eagle. Southeast Alaska Natives are identified as members of two moieties, sometimes called clans, named after those two iconic birds. People do not typically marry within their clan, and children assume the clan of their mother. The practice is widespread in the Pacific Northwest, and its ancient origins are obscure. Some indigenous groups have resisted taking part in genetic studies for various reasons, but this DNA drive is sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute, a tribal organization dedicated to perpetuating and enhancing Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska...(more)

SHI sponsored a separate DNA study at Celebration 2008. Photo by Brian WallaceSHI to sponsor DNA research during Celebration
SHI will sponsor a DNA study by the Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, during Celebration 2012. The Genographic Project: Molecular Genetic Analyses of Indigenous Populations of North America—University of Pennsylvania is being led by Principal Investigator Dr. Theodore G. Schurr, who will be at Centennial Hall during Celebration, scheduled June 7-9.
The goal of the study is to better understand the migration paths that early humans took as they moved from one place on earth to another place, including the time and process by which humans entered the Americas...(more) (News Article)

Job opening at SHI
SHI is seeking an education director to manage its education program. (Job Description)

Winners of Juried Art Competition to be announced
SHI will open its sixth, biennial Juried Art Show on Wednesday and announce the winners of its biennial Native art competition.The awards ceremony is scheduled 4:30-7 pm, Wednesday, June 6, at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The show will run through June 30.
Jurors will be Tlingit Nathan Jackson, a world-renowned artist, and Peter Corey, a scholar in Northwest Coast arts who was curator of the Sheldon Jackson Museum until his recent retirement....(more) (Art Events @ Celebration)
 

Celebration to kick off next week
Native Artist Market to move to Sealaska Plaza
SHI will kick off its biennial Celebration next week, marking the 30th year since the inception of the popular dance-and-culture festival. Celebration is a major event organized by Sealaska Heritage Institute every two years. First held in 1982, it has become the largest cultural event in the state, drawing thousands of people to the capital. It’s a time when Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people come together to celebrate their survival as a culture, said SHI President Rosita Worl, adding it’s also a community event open to the general public...(more)
(Dance Schedule) (Associated Events Schedule) (Venues Map)

Upcoming art-oriented Celebration events
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Just about every aspect of Celebration could be considered "art"--from the drumming to the dancing to the exquisitely-crafted regalia. But a few events are designed specifically to celebrate Native arts. Here's a look at what's coming up early next week. For more on Celebration, and a full schedule, see the Empire’s special section in this Sunday’s paper. For more on the Juried Art Show, see next week’s Arts section...(more)

SHI to hold Latseen hoop camp in Klukwan
SHI will sponsor a Latseen Hoop Camp in Klukwan in June. The camp is scheduled June 11-15,
10 am-4:30 pm, at the Klukwan Gym.
(Application)

Job opening at SHI
SHI is recruiting for a scholarship administrator to operate the institute's scholarship program...(more)   (Job Description)

Thank you to our Celebration 2012 sponsors
A huge thank you to our Celebration 2012 sponsors. Their contributions pay for the venues, live television coverage and a host of other things that make Celebration possible. The following sponsors helped make Celebration 2012 happen...(more)

Tory Shultz, winner of the Judson L. Brown Leadership Award SHI awards $410,000 in scholarships
Third-ever Judson Brown scholarship given to student pursuing master’s
SHI has awarded almost $410,000 in scholarships to Sealaska shareholders and descendants and given a leadership award from a separate endowment to a student pursuing her master’s degree. The awards, funded mostly by Sealaska, will help students pursuing graduate and undergraduate degrees and voc-tech training for the 2012-2013 school year. A portion also will fund language and culture studies...(more)
 

SHI to sponsor Native Artist Gathering
SHI will sponsor a Native Artist Gathering the day before Celebration. It will include discussions on art and networking opportunities. Light refreshments will be provided. Scheduled 11 am-3:30 pm, Wednesday, June 6, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center (JACC). It's open to artists of all disciplines. Please contact Breanna to RSVP: breanna.paulson@sealaska.com or 907-586-9244. (Flyer)

Audio of roundtable on Native languages online
SHI's Linda Belarde and Katrina Hotch recently participated in a roundtable discussion on Alaska Native languages, and the audio of that meeting is now online. The meeting in Anchorage was organized by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, following passage of SB 130, which established a state Native languages council. The legislation passed by the Alaska legislature was filed by Sen. Donny Olson. (Audio)

Rules and Entry Forms now online
SHI will sponsor contests for best black seaweed and best soapberries during Celebration 2012, June 7-9. Black Seaweed Contest: (Rules) (Entry Form); Soapberry Contest: (Rules) (Entry Form)

Worl to receive honorary doctorate from University of Alaska Anchorage
JUNEAU EMPIRE
The University of Alaska Anchorage will award SHI President Rosita Worl with an honorary doctor of sciences degree. The award will be made Sunday, May 6, at the university’s 2012 commencement ceremony at the George Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. Worl is one of four people, including former Gov. Tony Knowles, who will receive honorary degrees at the event...(more)

SHI visiting scholar to research collaboration between Native artists, organizations
SHI welcomes our 2012 Visiting Scholar, Christiane Rehn of Germany.  Christiane is a Ph.D. student in American Studies at the University of Passau  and is studying how Native artists and organizations such as SHI work together. Christiane is happy to return to Alaska after first visiting in 2007, when she researched her diploma thesis on Alaska Native art. Her curr ent research will be beneficial to our community in assessing how we can best support artists, and we are pleased to host her.  Christiane will be conducting interviews and surveys with SHI and Native artists in the region.  If you’re a practicing Native artist who would like to share your experiences, please let us know!  Your voice is important in this study. Artists may also contact her directly at christianerehn@web.de. (Fact Sheet) (SHI Visiting Scholars Program)

Worl to receive honorary doctorate from University of Alaska Anchorage
The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) will award SHI President Rosita Worl with an honorary doctor of sciences degree. The award will be made Sunday, May 6, at the university’s 2012 commencement ceremony at the George Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. Worl is one of four people, including former Gov. Tony Knowles, who will receive honorary degrees at the event. "I am honored to receive this award from an Alaska institution I hold in such high esteem," said Worl, who served as an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska Southeast for many years...(more) (UAA Press Release)

Volunteers needed for Celebration 2012
BY JUNEAU EMPIRE STAFF
Sealaska Heritage Institute is looking for able and willing bodies to volunteer time and talent to its biennial festival of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribal members. (bit.ly/IkNPYf) Celebration is a biennial festival of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribal members organized every two years by Sealaska Heritage Institute...(more)

Large turnout at second All Dancers and Drummers event
Hundreds of people turned out at the second annual, pre-Celebration All Dancers and Drummers event in Juneau over the weekend. The event was organized by Nancy Barnes and co-sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute. Barnes said she founded the event last year as a reason for people to come together for a happy event. It included dance performances and sales of art and food. (Photos)

SHI seeking volunteers for Celebration 2012
Sealaska Heritage Institute is seeking volunteers for Celebration 2012. To register, contact Liz at 586-9264 or download a registration Form. All volunteers must register prior to Celebration. SHI’s final volunteer informational meeting is scheduled 5-6 pm, Wednesday, May 9, at Centennial Hall, Hickel Room. Volunteers who register by May 11 will have their names printed in the program. People who donate a minimum of four hours get a free, one-day pass. For more information contact Elizabeth Perry at 586-9264, elizabeth.perry@sealaska.com (Registration Form)

SHI launches Box of Knowledge occasional papers
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute has launched a series of occasional papers on Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian studies in an effort to disseminate research more widely and to circulate work that has not been published. The series, Box of Knowledge, will include essays or reports by researchers working with the institute, contributions prepared by external experts, and work by staff, said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more)

Oregon museum reps to visit Celebration, peruse art for sale for acquisition
Twenty-three people from an Oregon museum will travel to Juneau to experience Celebration and the event’s Native art markets. The delegation from the Portland Art Museum’s Native American Art Council is particularly interested in seeing Native art for sale and has amassed a sizeable fund to possibly purchase pieces for the museum’s collections. SHI will give the delegation tours of the Juried Art Show at the JACC and the Native Artist Market at Sealaska Plaza.

SHI to sponsor Latseen Leadership Academy
Institute accepting applications through June 1
Applications are available for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s eighth annual Latseen Leadership Academy. The training is designed to provide engaging culturally-based education and activities for junior high school students in support of their future academic and personal success with a focus on rigor, relevance, and relationships. The goal of the program is to teach students the art of leadership through the development of self-knowledge, physical and spiritual strength. In a supportive learning environment, students will participate in cultural, artistic, athletic and academic activities. This year's academy will be held July 14-21 in Juneau...(more)
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SHI launches box of Knowledge Occasional Papers
ALASKA BUSINESS MONTHLY
Sealaska Heritage Institute has launched a series of occasional papers on Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian studies in an effort to disseminate research more widely and to circulate work that has not been published...(more)

SHI launches Box of Knowledge occasional papers
First volume explores Tlingit holdings at international museums
SHI has launched a series of occasional papers on Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian studies in an effort to disseminate research more widely and to circulate work that has not been published. The series, Box of Knowledge, will include essays or reports by researchers working with the institute, contributions prepared by external experts, and work by staff, said SHI President Rosita Worl. "There’s a whole range of information that just never gets published, and usually they’re written on issues that have immediate importance. And we’ll be able to get that information out very quickly," Worl said...(more)

Sealaska Heritage to partner with JSD, UAS
JUNEAU EMPIRE STAFF REPORT
Sealaska Heritage Institute has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Juneau School District and University of Alaska Southeast’s Juneau Campus in an effort to increase the communication and collaboration among the organizations...(more)

A new kind of atlas for Southeast
By Amy Fletcher
JUNEAU EMPIRE
“Haa Leelk’w Has Aan’ Saaxu: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land,” might seem at first glance to be an academic work, not easily accessible to or designed for the general public. But this important book, released Friday by Sealaska Heritage Institute, becomes less intimidating when viewed as a different kind of atlas, a rich geographical and cultural reference, all the more fascinating for its ability to reintroduce us to the place we live. “I hope people who are interested in the region will think of it like an atlas, but also almost like an instrument – to reorient the way they think about the region of Southeast Alaska, or maybe just the places they’ve known,” said editor Thomas Thornton...(more)
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SHI to co-sponsor drum and dance gathering and Native artist market
SHI will co-sponsor a pre-Celebration gathering for drummers and dancers, with a Native artist market to be held simultaneously. This free event is scheduled from 1:00-5:30 pm, Saturday, April 28, at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.  All members of the public are welcome to attend this community event. Tables will be available at no charge for Native artists interested in displaying and selling their work. Artists and dance groups should contact Nancy Barnes at 364-2327 to reserve a table or schedule a performance. (Flyer)
 

SHI sponsors book signing, photos online
We had a steady stream of people at our book signing today. Thanks to editor Thomas Thornton and Harold Martin for participating in this event. SHI has posted a new photo album from the book signing. Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land is a landmark book documenting more than 3,000 Native place names and their locations in Southeast Alaska. Nearly twenty years in the making, the book is the most comprehensive study of its kind...(more) (Photos)

Harold Martin to join Tom Thornton at today's book signing!
Harold Martin will join Tom Thornton at SHI's book signing today for “Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land!" Harold played a huge role in guiding the project forward. Marilyn Wilson flew all the way from Haines, Alaska, to attend our book signing in Juneau. Here she is pictured with Tom Thornton at our office in Juneau. Join us at noon in the Sealaska lobby. Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land is a landmark book documenting more than 3,000 Native place names and their locations in Southeast Alaska. Nearly twenty years in the making, the book is the most comprehensive study of its kind...(more)

SHI signs William G. Demmert MOA with Juneau School District, University of Alaska Southeast
First joint project scheduled in August
SHI has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Juneau School District and University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau Campus, in an effort to increase the communication and collaboration among the organizations. The organizations will work together through the William G. Demmert Memorandum of Agreement to provide enhanced cultural, instructional, academic, and career placement opportunity for Juneau’s students, said SHI President Rosita Worl, noting the MOA will be used to support, design, implement, and sustain existing and new projects and programs...(more)

Tlingit, Haida dictionaries now available, searchable online
SHI's Tlingit and Haida dictionaries are now available online in a searchable format in our language resources section. Published in 2010, the dictionaries include English to Native language and Native language to English sections. They are the product of years of documentation with assistance from fluent Elders. They are a must-have resource for language learners and for people who are interested in learning more about the Tlingit and Haida cultures. The paperback versions are also still available for sale. However, SHI decided to make the digital versions available free of charge to help expedite the revitalization of these Native languages. (Dictionary of Tlingit) (Dictionary of Haida)

SHI publishes atlas of Native place names
Author Thornton will be in Juneau at noon Friday in the lobby of the Sealaska building
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute has published a landmark book documenting more than 3,000 Native place names and their locations in Southeast Alaska. Nearly 20 years in the making, “Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land,” compiled by Thomas Thornton, is the most comprehensive study of its kind. SHI will host a book signing with Thornton from noon to 1 pm, Friday, April 13, in the lobby of the Sealaska building in Juneau...(more)

SHI to sponsor book signing for Our Grandparents' Names on the Land
SHI will host a book signing for Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land, a new book compiled by Dr. Thomas Thornton and published by the institute. The event is scheduled from noon to 1 pm, Friday, April 13, in the lobby of the Sealaska building in Juneau. Thornton, who lives in England, will be in Juneau to sign the books. Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land is a landmark book documenting more than 3,000 Native place names and their locations in Southeast Alaska. Nearly twenty years in the making, the book is the most comprehensive study of its kind...(more)

SHI publishes landmark atlas
FOR THE CAPITAL CITY WEEKLY
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has published a landmark book documenting more than 3,000 Native place names and their locations in Southeast Alaska. Nearly 20 years in the making, "Haa Léelk'w Hás Aaní Saax'ú: Our Grandparents' Names on the Land," is the most comprehensive study of its kind...(more)

What's in a name? Sealaska Heritage Institute works to preserve Native Alaskan history
By Kirsten Swann
KTVA-TV
ALASKA – Dzantik’i Héeni: The words mean “Flounder at the base of the creek,” and on a map they refer to the wooded area east of Alaska’s capital city.The Tlingit phrase is one of more than 3,000 memorialized in a recently published atlas of Native Alaskan place names released by the Sealaska Heritage Institute. President Rosita Worl said the names denote everything from geographical markers to cultural uses and resources...(more) (Buy)

SHI publishes landmark atlas documenting Tlingit, Haida place names
Book called the new benchmark against which all future work will be measured
SHI has published a landmark book documenting more than 3,000 Native place names and their locations in Southeast Alaska. Nearly twenty years in the making, Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land, is the most comprehensive study of its kind. It was compiled by Dr. Thomas Thornton in collaboration with hundreds of people, including area Tribes and Elders, under several grants administered by Harold Martin through the Southeast Native Subsistence Commission and Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Many of the people who contributed to the book have since Walked Into The Forest, and if not for this research, the place names would have died with them, said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more) (Buy) (News Story)

How to pronounce the Celebration 2012 theme in Tlingit
Audio by Nora Dauenhauer. Recording collected by Daphne Wright. (Audio) (Celebration 2012)


SHI awarded grant for program to teach formline
FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute has received a grant to establish a Native art academy in an effort to ensure younger artists are learning formline— the basis of Northwest Coast art. Formline is a term that describes the complex designs, such as ovoids and split Us, which are the underlying components of the distinctive art of the region. the $517,500 grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation will help artists at all levels to learn and enhance their formline...(more)

Grant funds native art academy $500,000 to teach Northwest Coast formline
JUNEAU EMPIRE
A half-million dollar grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation has allowed Sealaska Heritage Institute to start a three-year project called the Jinéit Art Academy - Jinéit means handmade. Under the grant, artists of all skill levels can develop their formline in the artists’ chosen medium, according to a Sealaska Heritage Institute press release...(more)

SHI posts Soboleff video online
The Alaska State Archives recently donated to SHI a copy of a public service announcement starring Genevieve Ross Soboleff (1917-1986). She was a registered nurse, Haida, and influential in Haida language work. She was also the wife of the late Dr. Walter Soboleff. In the clip, she is speaking as a nurse about the importance of health and clean drinking water in Alaska. It was filmed circa 1982. At that time, many Native women were speaking and working toward improving community health and development, a major issue for ANS since its founding. (Video) (Video Library)

SHI awarded grant for art program to teach formline
Grant includes instruction for K-12 art teachers
SHI has received a grant to establish a Native art academy in an effort to ensure younger artists are learning formline—the basis of Northwest Coast art. The $517,500 grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation will help artists at all levels to learn and enhance their formline, a term that describes the complex designs, such as ovoids and split Us, which are the underlying components of the distinctive Northwest Coast art. It will also increase the number of Native artists and art instructors qualified to teach Northwest Coast art in public schools...(more)

From left, Christie Watson, Karen West, Rosita Worl and Taka TsukadaWells Fargo makes donation to fund Celebration 2012
The generous folks at Wells Fargo stopped by Sealaska Plaza today and presented a check for $2,500 to SHI President Rosita Worl. Karen West, Christie Watson and Taka Tsukada presented the check, which will help SHI to fund Celebration 2012. Karen West she personally loves the dance performances and the parade and that Wells Fargo was happy to support this community event in Juneau. Thanks Wells Fargo!

Video of Hoonah Weaving Program now online
SHI has posted a 10-minute video about the institute's Hoonah Weaving Program online. The program ran from 2004 to 2006 and was taught by master weaver Delores Churchill. We produced the video to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. In short, we were amazed by the weavers and the baskets they had produced by the end of the program. The program was funded by the Administration for Native Americans. (Video)

Hoonah weavers who participated in SHI's weaving program from 2004 to 2006Weavers go to D.C. to study woven objects
Some of the weavers who participated in SHI's three-year weaving program in Hoonah went to Washington, D.C. to study basketry at the Smithsonian! The master weavers — Chris Greenwald, Marjorie Peterson, Darlene See, Harlena Warford and Daphne Wright — focused specifically on spruce-root woven basketry at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and National Museum of Natural History. While they pre-selected several hundred items they wanted to examine, the group had access to the entirety of the museums’ Tlingit, Haida and Pacific Northwest indigenous collections during their five days at the facilities...(more) (News Article) (Video)

Deadline for Native Artist Market application extended
SHI has extended the application deadline for the Native Artist Market to April 30. The market will be held during Celebration, scheduled June 7-9 in Juneau. For more information contact Carmaleeda Estrada at carmaleeda.estrada@sealaska.com or 907.586.9280.

SHI encouraging kids to compete in Juried Art Competition
SHI's 2012 biennial Juried Art Show and Competition for the first time will include a category for kids. Native artists 15 and younger can compete for prizes and to show their work! Prizes are $500, first place; $150, second place, and $100, third place. The awards ceremony and show will be held during Celebration 2012, scheduled June 7-9 in Juneau. For more information contact Rico Worl at rico.worl@sealaska.com or 907.586.9265. Application deadline is April 11.
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SHI extends deadline for Juried Art Competition applications
SHI has extended the application deadline for the
Juried Art Show and Competition to April 11. Applications must be postmarked by that date. The institute is also encouraging youth age 15 and younger to compete in our new category for young people! The awards ceremony and show will be held during Celebration 2012, scheduled June 7-9 in Juneau. Prizes will be given for first, second and third place...(more) (Application) (Guidelines) (Flier) (News Article)

Celebration deadlines coming up
Native Artist Market: Applications due April 30
Juried Art Show and Competition: Applications due April 11
Toddler Regalia Review: Applications due May 4

SHI seeks volunteers for Celebration 2012
SHI is recruiting volunteers to help with Celebration 2012, June 7-9. We need 200 volunteers, and people who donate a minimum of four hours get a free, one-day pass. Next meeting is 5 pm, Wednesday, April 4, Centennial Hall, Hickel Room. All persons interested in being a Celebration volunteer must register in advance, and registrations must be received by May 9 for inclusion in the program.  For more information contact Elizabeth Perry, 586-9264, elizabeth.perry@sealaska.com (Registration Form)

SHI to sponsor Latseen Leadership Academy
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Applications are now available for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s eighth annual Latseen Leadership Academy. The training is designed to provide engaging culturally-based education and activities for junior high school students in support of their future academic and personal success with a focus on rigor, relevance, and relationships...(more)

SHI's Sarah Dybdahl talks about a petroglyph with Rep. Mia CostelloSHI legislative reception draws crowd
More than 70 lawmakers and staff attended SHI’s annual legislative reception this week. The institute sponsors the event to help lawmakers learn about Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures, and pieces from SHI’s ethnographic and archival collections are exhibited. This year’s theme was 10,000 Years on the Land: Southeast Alaska Native Permanence and Vibrancy. The idea was to show that Southeast Alaska Natives have inhabited the land since time immemorial, and over this time period, culture and the arts have remained constant and vibrant. (Photos)

 

Worl inducted into Hall of Fame
The Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame inducted new members, including SHI President Rosita Worl, last night. Worl is one of two women from Juneau to be inducted by the group, which seeks to honor in perpetuity women whose contributions have influenced the direction of Alaska in any field.

WDN members visit Celebration 2012 to learn about Native Alaskan cultures
WOMEN DONORS NETWORK
By Shanthi Gonzales
WDN members will be going to Alaska this June to attend Celebration 2012, a biennial celebration of Southeastern Alaska’s native cultures. We are lucky to count Celeste Worl among our members, and she and her mother, Rosita, have invited WDN’s members to share in this important cultural event...(more)

SHI sponsors Native language workshop
SHI sponsored a two-day, Native language workshop in February 2012. Thirty four fluent speakers, language teachers and language learners from across Southeast met to learn more about teaching techniques, methods and assessment. The presenters, Chrisann Justice and Beverly Hugo, shared their VIVA (Visual Inupiaq Vocabulary Acquisition) computer learning games with us.  They showed how assessment is built right into the computer program so that students can track their own progress and teachers can see how the students are doing.  In addition to the computer module, Justice taught a variety of language games.  All participants played these games using the Tlingit language. In their closing remarks participants thanked Sealaska Heritage Institute for the opportunity to come together and work on language together. (Photos)

Help support Celebration by advertising in our program
SHI produces a program for the 6,000 individuals or more who participate in Celebration, our three-day biennial event. Many of these dancers, artisans and the 5,000 ticket sale attendees remain in Juneau for at least five days. We invite you to showcase your business through an advertisement in the Celebration  program. (Rates)



SHI to sponsor Latseen Leadership Academy
Institute accepting applications through June 1
Applications are now available for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s eighth annual Latseen Leadership Academy. The training is designed to provide engaging culturally-based education and activities for junior high school students in support of their future academic and personal success with a focus on rigor, relevance, and relationships. The goal of the program is to teach students the art of leadership through the development of self-knowledge, physical and spiritual strength. In a supportive learning environment, students will participate in cultural, artistic, athletic and academic activities. This year's academy will be held July 14-21 in Juneau...(more) (Application) (Flyer)

Applications accepted for juried art competition
CAPITAL CITY WEEKLY
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is now accepting applications for its juried art show and competition. Native artists ages 16 and under can compete in a new category added this year for young artists. The show and competition will occur during Celebration 2012, June 7-9. The event showcases a broad range of pieces made by the indigenous people of Southeast Alaska...(more)

Copper and silver Eagle earrings added to art web
SHI has added copper and silver Eagle earrings to its art web, www.alaskanativeartists.com. AlaskaNativeArtists.com is a virtual marketplace for Alaska Native art. We photograph your work and post it on our site. Artists are paid when their work is purchased. If you are a Native artist and would like to participate in our art web, contact Donald Gregory at donald.gregory@sealaska.com. (New Art)
 

Worl heads to House to testify for language council
SHI President Rosita Worl today testified again on a bill to create a state Native languages council. HB 254, filed by Reps. Alan Dick, Cathy Munoz, and Beth Kerttula, is similar to SB 130, which was filed by Sen. Donny Olson. The bills would establish a state advisory council to revitalize Alaska Native languages. Today's testimony was before the House State Affairs Committee. (Bill) (House) (Senate) (Governor)

Worl testifies in favor of Native language council
SHI President Rosita Worl testified in favor of state legislation that aims to protect indigenous languages. If passed, the bill would establish an advisory council that would make recommendations to the governor on ways to support the preservation, restoration and revitalization of Alaska Native languages. Worl testified Feb. 15 before the Senate Finance Committee. SB 130 was filed by Sen. Donny Olson. (Bill) (House) (Senate) (Governor) (News Article)

2012 Native youth olympics results
JUNEAU EMPIRE
By Klas Stolpe
The results of the 2012 Native Youth Olympics, held at Riverbend Elementary School were not just about who won, or who placed, but about the knowledge gained through a month of cultural study leading up to the competitions. The event was sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute...(more) (Photos)

Lead dance group will be the Xudzidaa Kwáan Dancers of Angoon. Photo by Brian WallaceCelebration deadlines coming up
Dance Groups: Applications due March 2
Juried Art Show and Competition: Applications due March 21
Native Artist Market: Applications due March 30
Toddler Regalia Review: Applications due May 4

New art added to art web
A carved and painted paddle with copper inlays has been added to SHI's art web, www.alaskanativeartists.com. The piece was made by George Gardner. If you are a Native artist and want to participate in www.alaskanativeartists.com, contact Donald Gregory at donald.gregory@sealaska.com.

Say "I love you" in Tlingit today!
See terms of endearment, such as "I love you" and "be mine" in a list compiled by language students. (Terms of Endearment) (Language Resources)

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Peratrovich, circa 1945 (in black coat). Photograph by William Paul Jr., in SHI's Digital Collection, courtesy of Ben Paul.SHI posts letter by Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich online
In honor of the upcoming Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on Feb. 16, SHI has posted a letter from its archives penned by Peratrovich and her husband, Roy, arguing for civil rights for Alaska Natives. In his blog this week, SHI Archivist and Collections Manager Zach Jones writes that the couple "called on the territorial governor, Ernest Gruening, to address discrimination in the Juneau-Douglas community and on a state level. Gruening followed this mandate, and worked alongside Roy and Elizabeth Peratrovich and other Alaska Natives toward the eventual passage of the Anti-Discrimination Act in 1945...(more) (Letter)
(Photo Credit: Elizabeth Peratrovich, circa 1945 (in black coat). Photograph by William Paul Jr., in SHI's Digital Collection, courtesy of Ben Paul)

SHI accepting applications for juried art show
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is accepting applications for its sixth, biennial Juried Art Show and Competition during Celebration 2012, scheduled June 7-9 in Juneau. For the first time, Native artists who are under the age of 16 will be able to compete in the event..(more)

SHI accepting applications for Juried Art Competition
New category for young artists added
SHI is accepting applications for its sixth, biennial Juried Art Show and Competition during Celebration 2012, scheduled June 7-9 in Juneau. For the first time, Native artists who are under the age of 16 will be able to compete in the event, which showcases a broad range of pieces made by the indigenous people of Southeast Alaska. Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people are known for their art, and the institute’s trustees believe it’s important for young people to participate, said SHI President Rosita Worl."We know that there are a lot of young people out there who are doing art and we thought it would be an opportunity to showcase their work"...(more) (Application) (Guidelines) (Flier) (News Article)

Application for 2012 Latseen Leadership Academy now available
Applications are now available for SHI's annual Latseen Leadership Academy.  The training is designed to provide engaging culturally-based education and activities for youth in support of their future academic and personal success with a focus on rigor, relevance, and relationships. The goal of the program is to teach students the art of leadership through the development of self – knowledge, physical and spiritual strength.  In a supportive learning environment, students will participate in cultural, artistic, athletic and academic activities. This year's academy will be held July 14-21 in Juneau. Application deadline is June 1. (Application)

Opposition to selling otter pelts to non-Natives
JUNEAU EMPIRE
By Russell Stigall
Sea otter management resolution seeks to give added economic benefit to SE sea otter cull. House Joint Resolution 26 seeks to set a course for management of the reintroduced sea otter population of Southeast Alaska....This section of the resolution did not sit well with the Alaska Federation of Natives and Sealaska Corp. by way of the testimony of AFN board member and Sealaska Heritage Institute President, Rosita Worl...(more)
(Video)

Video of formline class now available online
If you missed Steve Brown’s workshop on Native formline designs, you can now watch it in its entirety online. The two-day workshop, sponsored by SHI, is split into two videos:
Day 1 and Day 2. We saw huge demand for this class and were able to accommodate thirty students. We hope to schedule more of these workshops for people who could not make this one. Steve Brown is a master of formline and Northwest Coast art history. He also taught a workshop to eighteen people at the Lemon Creek Correctional Facility while he was in Juneau. If you would like to see more of these classes please contact Arts & Culture Coordinator Rico Worl and rico.worl@sealaska.com. (Day 1) (Day 2) (SHI’s Video Library)

Lots of new art by Isturis added to art web
SHI has added almost twenty new pieces of jewelry to its art web, www.alaskanativeartists.com. AlaskaNativeArtists.com is a virtual marketplace for Alaska Native art. We photograph your work and post it on our site. Artists are paid when their work is purchased. If you are a Native artist and would like to participate in our art web, contact Donald Gregory at donald.gregory@sealaska.com. (New Art)

New art added to AlaskaNativeArtists.com
SHI has added "Feather"--a painting on a skateboard--to its art web, www.alaskanativeartists.com. Acrylic paint on a commercial-made Canadian skateboard. By Rico Worl. $139.99.
AlaskaNativeArtists.com is a virtual marketplace for Alaska Native art. We photograph your work and post it on our site. Artists are paid when their work is purchased. If you are a Native artist and would like to participate in our art web, contact Donald Gregory at donald.gregory@sealaska.com.

New art added to AlaskaNativeArtists.com
SHI has added a beaded Eagle made by artist Beatrice Knudson to its Native art website, www.alaskanativeartists.com. Made with glass seed beads and felt backing. 10" tall x 7.5" wide. By Beatrice Knudson . $700.00. AlaskaNativeArtists.com is a virtual marketplace for Alaska Native art. We photograph your work and post it on our site. Artists are paid when their work is purchased. If you are a Native artist and would like to participate in our art web, contact Donald Gregory at donald.gregory@sealaska.com.
 

Photo by Brian WallaceApplication for Toddler Regalia Review now online
SHI will sponsor a Toddler Regalia Review during Celebration 2012, June 7-9. This popular event is open to Sealaska shareholders and shareholder descendants who are ages two to four years and who are dressed in traditional regalia. We have limited space, and priority will be given to participants by date of completed application. For more information contact Katrina Hotch, 907-586-9282, katrina.hotch@sealaska.com. (Application)
 

SHI to sponsor language workshop
SHI will sponsor a workshop on Native languages, curriculum and assessments in February in Juneau. Guest presenters will be Chrisann Justice and Beverly Hugo, experts in the Accelerated Second Language Acquisition (ASLA) method. Chrisann and Beverly will share how they have adapted the ASLA method and materials to motivate and encourage students in their learning journey. The workshop is scheduled Feb. 27-28. Location TBA. To register contact Linda Belarde, 907-586-9187, linda.belarde@sealaska.com. Free. (Flyer)

Bill would help preserve Alaska Native languages
Alaska Public Radio Network (APRN)
Ben Matheson
The Alaska Senate State Affairs committee heard testimony Tuesday on Senator Donny Olson’s bill to create an Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council. Annette Evans Smith, the President of the Alaska Native Heritage Center, says the time for action on keeping languages alive is now...(more)

Senate hears strong support for Native language council
FAIRBANKS NEWS MINER
Matt Buxton
Most of the 2012 legislative session has focused on securing Alaska’s future — through oil tax reform, natural gas and better education — but on Tuesday the Senate State Affairs Committee heard testimony on preserving part of Alaska’s heritage — Alaska Native languages. During testimony for a measure that would established the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council many experts and Native advocates told the Senate that Alaska Native languages — a bastion of Native culture and identity — are at risk of going extinct and need protection...Sealaska Heritage Institute Director Dr. Rosita Worl said the council would be integral to ensuring the future of Alaska Native languages, but that immediate action’s needed. “Unless remedial action is initiated most of all Alaska  Native languages will join their already extinct linguistic relative, Eyak, within a few decades”...(more)

Worl makes pitch for Native language council
SHI President Rosita Worl testified in favor of state legislation that aims to protect indigenous languages. If passed, the bill would establish an advisory council that would make recommendations to the governor on ways to support the preservation, restoration and revitalization of Alaska Native languages. Worl testified Jan. 31 before the Senate State Affairs Committee, along with several others who testified in support, including Sealaska Director Patrick Anderson and fluent Tlingit speaker Selena Everson. SB 130 was filed by Sen. Donny Olson.
(Bill) (House) (Senate) (Governor) (News Article)

Worl to be inducted into Hall of Fame
The Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame will induct sixteen new members, including SHI President Rosita Worl, in March. Worl is one of two women from Juneau to be inducted by the group, which seeks to honor in perpetuity women whose contributions have influenced the direction of Alaska in any field. The event is scheduled Thursday, March 1, at the Anchorage Loussac Library Wilda Marston Theatre. Admission is free, doors open at 5:30 p.m…(more)
 

Scholar donates Haida archives
CAPITAL CITY WEEKLY
An anthropologist who studied the city of Hydaburg and the Haida history and culture has donated his field work and doctoral papers to Sealaska Heritige Institute (SHI). Dan Vaughan, Ph.D., worked in Hydaburg as a cultural anthropologist for the University of Washington from 1974 to 1984...(more)

Discount at B&B for Celebration goers
The Sepel Hallow Bed and Breakfast is offering discounted rates for people attending Celebration 2012 in Juneau. For more info, contact Georgia Sepel at 907-789-5220.

Please take our language survey!
SHI is asking language teaches and students and anyone interested in Native language programs to fill out our survey. Please either print it, complete it and fax it to 586-9293 or type your answers in an email to sarah.dybdahl@sealaska.com (and include question numbers). Thanks in advance! (Language Survey)

SHI Juried Art Competition winner to be featured in show
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is featuring “One Night Stands” in January. These pop-up shows are Tuesday evenings in the JAHC gallery at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center...The next show, Jan. 24, features artist Della Cheney and her weaving project. Cheney’s weaving has, in the past, earned her great praise. She was honored with Best in Show in the contemporary category for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s juried art show in 2008 for a raven’s tail robe she designed and wove, called “Women of Justice"...(more)

SHI to sponsor formline workshop
SHI will sponsor a workshop on formline design taught by Steve Brown, a master of formline and Northwest Coast art history. The class will be held Jan. 21-22 in Juneau, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center (J.A.C.C.) from 1:00-4:00 each day. All levels are welcome. No charge. Space for 25 students. To register, contact Rico Worl at rico.worl@sealaska.com or 907.586.9265. (Flyer) (News Article)

Boxley totem pole raised in D.C.
A totem pole by artist David Boxley was raised at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) on Saturday, Jan. 14. Boxley was awarded a commission from the Smithsonian Institution to carve a 22-foot-tall totem pole, which was  installed in the museum's entrance lobby, overlooking the National Mall. The totem pole is the museum's most prominent representation of Alaska Native culture. It's topped with an eagle, followed by a chain of villagers and a large figure clutching a salmon at its base. (Photos)
 

Scholar donates archives on Hydaburg, Haida to SHI
An anthropologist who studied the City of Hydaburg and the Haida history and culture there has donated his field work and doctoral papers to Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI). Dan Vaughan, Ph.D., spent a decade working in Hydaburg on Prince of Wales Island as a cultural anthropologist for the University of Washington from 1974 to 1984. During that time, he also did work on his dissertation, which was a study of the Haida people in Hydaburg reaching back two-hundred years...(more) (News Article)

Application available for Native Artist Market
The application for SHI's Native Artist Market held during Celebration 2012 is now online. Applications must be postmarked by March 30 to be considered. This year's market will be expanded and moved to the Sealaska Plaza parking lot in downtown Juneau. (Application)

Sealaska offers scholarship bonus
Ed Schoenfeld
CoastAlaska
Descendents of Sealaska shareholders have until March to apply for corporate scholarships. But those submitting applications this month will receive an extra $50. About 400 college, university and vocational school students receive the scholarships every year. The money comes from Sealaska, the regional Native corporation for Southeast. It’s distributed by the Sealaska Heritage Institute, the businesses’ cultural arm.
..(more)

New art added to art web
SHI has added a new piece of art to its art web www.alaskanativeartists.com. The piece is a beaded Dragonfly by Beatrice Knudson. Made with glass seed beads and felt backing. Body is 7.75" long and wings are 10.25" wide. $250.00...(more)

SHI accepting applications for college, voc tech scholarships
Institute offering cash incentive to early birds
SHI is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2012. However, the institute is offering a $50 incentive to those who complete their scholarship application on or before Feb. 1 and who are accepted as scholarship recipients; if selected as a recipient, the $50 will be included in their scholarship award. Scholarships must be filled out and submitted online...(more) (Apply) (News Article)

Alaska Airlines offers discount for Celebration 2012 travel
Alaska Airlines is once again offering a 5 percent discount off ticket prices to Juneau for people attending Celebration 2012, scheduled June 7-9 (juried art competition awards ceremony is June 6). The travel must take place between June 3-12. The code is ECMG489. Thanks Alaska Airlines!

Photo by Brian WallaceSHI sponsors moccasin class
Almost twenty people participated in SHI's most recent moccasin class, held Dec. 2-4. The class was held at Sealaska Plaza in Juneau and taught by SHI's Carmaleeda Estrada.
SHI sponsored its first moccasin workshop at the urging of the late Anita Lafferty, who taught a class last year. The first one was so popular SHI has continued the workshops. Join our e-news network and follow us on facebook for future classes. (Photos)

Kids with Santa at 2010 shareholder fair2011 Shareholder holiday information fair to be held Dec. 15.
The 2011 Sealaska Shareholder Holiday Information Fair will be held Thursday, December 15, 2011, from 4-7 p.m. at Centennial Hall in Juneau. Please join tribal member shareholders and Sealaska and SHI staff for the opportunity to learn about current Sealaska and SHI activity, available services and resources, talk one-on-one with directors, and visit with family and friends. There will be gift bags, door prizes, plenty of great food, and you can have your picture taken with Santa. Photos are free and will be published on www.sealaska.com..(more) (Photos)

Jinéit open for Gallery Walk
SHI’s Native art store Jinéit will be open for Juneau’s Gallery Walk tonight from 4:30—7:00. We’ll have a wide variety of Native art and jewelry plus live artist demonstrations by Brian and Alicia Chilton, Doug Chilton and Rhonda Loftus, Lorene Hanlon, Rudy Isturis, and Donald Gregory. Proceeds support Native artists and SHI’s cultural programs. Located in the lobby of the Sealaska building. (
Jinéit Web)

Tlingit cultural ambassador in Afghanistan
At SHI, we get a lot of requests for information and materials about Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures. This recent request was one of our favorites. Tlingit Tom Johnson is a lieutenant in the Army and serving in Afghanistan. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Army recruited Native people in the military to do presentations on their cultures. A lot of Tom's colleagues were not familiar with the Tlingit culture, so he agreed to do a presentation. He contacted us for help and used our social studies curriculum, photos and interactive language resources to help tell the story. We hear he was very well received and the presentation went well. Congratulations Lt. Johnson!

Native culture topic of last lecture in SHI lecture series
By RUSSELL STIGALL
JUNEAU EMPIRE
“Our Tlingit tradition is an oral tradition, said state Sen. Albert Kookesh as he introduced Sealaska Board Vice Chair and President of Sealaska Heritage Institute Rosita Worl — the final speaker in the Native American Heritage Month lecture series. “And she is very, very versed in that area,” Kookesh said...(more)

Photo by Brian WallaceWorl video now online
If you missed our lecture by SHI President Rosita Worl this week, you can now watch it online. Worl gave a talk about
the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act titled "ANCSA: A Path to Assimilation or Cultural Survival."
The lecture was part of SHI's November lecture series in recognition of Native American Heritage Month. (Video) (Radio Story) (News Article)
 

SHI to sponsor lecture about ANCSA Monday
SHI will sponsor a noon lecture on Monday to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Rosita Worl, president of Sealaska Heritage Institute, will give a talk titled "ANCSA: A Path to Assimilation or Cultural Survival." The brown bag lecture series is held from 12-1 pm in the 4th floor boardroom at Sealaska Plaza in Juneau. The lectures also will be streamed live at www.sealaska.com. The series was sponsored by MRV Architects, the McDowell Group and Kathy Ruddy of Juneau. For more information, contact Zachary Jones at 586-9261. (Flyer) (
Audio)

Sealaska president urges unity in development of Southeast resources
McNeil featured at SHI brown bag lecture series
By RUSSELL STIGALL
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Corp. President and CEO Chris McNeil told a full house in Sealaska’s fourth floor conference room that Native corporations, tribes and villages must work together to manage the use of the region’s natural resources over the long term. McNeil spoke on the legal status of Alaska Native corporations and economic self-determination during the latest in Sealaska Heritage Institute’s noon lecture series...(more)

Photo by Brian WallaceMcNeil video now online
If you missed our lecture by Chris E. McNeil this week, you can now watch it online. McNeil, president and CEO of Sealaska Corporation, gave a talk about
the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act titled "The Legal Status of Alaska Native Corporations and Economic Self Determination." The lecture was part of SHI's November lecture series in recognition of Native American Heritage Month. (Video) (News Article) (Flyer)

SHI to sponsor lecture about ANCSA Monday
SHI will sponsor a noon lecture on Monday to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Chris McNeil, president and CEO of Sealaska Corporation, will give a talk titled "The Legal Status of Alaska Native Corporations and Economic Self Determination." The brown bag lecture series will continue through November and focus on the impact of ANCSA. The lectures will be held from 12-1 pm in the 4th floor boardroom at Sealaska Plaza in Juneau. The lectures also will be streamed live at www.sealaska.com. The series was sponsored by MRV Architects, the McDowell Group and Kathy Ruddy of Juneau. For more information, contact Zachary Jones at 586-9261. (News Article) (Flyer)

PHOTO BY BRIAN WALLACEThomas video now online
If you missed our lecture by Ed Thomas this week, you can now watch it online. Thomas, president of Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, gave a talk about the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act titled "The Interrelationships Between Tribes and Corporations." The lecture was part of SHI's November lecture series in recognition of Native American Heritage Month. (Video) (News Article) (Flyer)

SHI President Rosita Worl gives Emil Notti a paddle and thanks him for casting the decisive vote to allow Southeast Alaska Natives into ANCSA. PHOTO BY BRIAN WALLACEVideo of luncheon to recognize Sealaska inaugural board, Notti, online
If you missed the Central Council/Sealaska luncheon held to recognize Sealaska's inaugural board and Emil Notti, you can watch it online. Notti was Chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) when Alaska Natives were pursuing the settlement of their aboriginal land claims. He cast the tie-breaking vote at AFN to allow Southeast Alaska Natives into the historic Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which was passed by Congress 40 years ago. (Video)

Native leader seeks stronger ties between tribes, corps
By Russell Stigall
JUNEAU EMPIRE
The room on the fourth floor of Sealaska Plaza was packed with more than 30 people. They’d gathered as part of Native Alaskan Heritage Month to hear Edward Thomas, president, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska and a director on Sealaska Corp.’s board speak about tribes and Native corporations...(more)

SHI to sponsor workshop on how to make moccasins
SHI will sponsor a three-day workshop in Juneau on how to make moccasins The workshop is scheduled Dec. 2-4 at Sealaska Plaza, 4th floor boardroom, and will be taught by SHI's Carmaleeda Estrada. Space is limited and beginners get a priority. Tops must be completed prior to class (contact SHI for a size pattern). To register contact Carmaleeda at 586-9280 or carmaleeda.estrada@sealaska.com. A $50 registration fee covers materials to complete one pair of moccasins. (Flyer)

1921 ANB program highlight of blog
In his blog this week, SHI Archivist Zachary Jones explores an ANB Grand Camp program from 1921. The program uses frank language to describe the agenda including this passage: "Open Forum. The tremendous handicap of securing a fair trial by juries composed entirely of White men, through an interpreter, leading to the question, Would a lone White man consent to a trial by Natives in "Indian Country?" (Blog)

Photo by Brian WallaceThornton video now online
If you missed our lecture by Thomas Thornton this week, you can now watch it online. Thornton, a senior research fellow for Environmental Change and Management at Oxford University, gave a talk titled "Alaska Native Corporations and Cultural Models of Sustainability." The lecture was part of SHI's November lecture series in recognition of Native American Heritage Month. (News Article) (Flyer) (Video)

SHI to sponsor lecture about ANCSA on Thursday
SHI will sponsor a noon lecture on Thursday to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Ed Thomas, president of Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska, will give a talk about the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act titled "The Interrelationships Between Tribes and Corporations." The brown bag lecture series will continue through November and focus on the impact of ANCSA. The lectures will be held from 12-1 pm in the 4th floor boardroom at Sealaska Plaza in Juneau. The lectures also will be streamed live at www.sealaska.com. The series was sponsored by MRV Architects, the McDowell Group and Kathy Ruddy of Juneau. For more information, contact Zachary Jones at 586-9261. (News Article) (Flyer) (Watch Live)

Tlingit and Haida, Sealaska, to recognize original Sealaska directors, Notti
The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indians and Sealaska Corporation are sponsoring a noon luncheon today to recognize the initial Sealaska Board of Directors and Emil Notti, Chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives when Alaska Natives were pursuing the settlement of their aboriginal land claims. The event will be held at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall (formerly ANB Hall) in Juneau from noon to 1pm. It will be streamed live at www.sealaska.com. (Watch Live)

SHI to sponsor lecture about ANCSA on Tuesday
SHI will sponsor a noon lecture on Tuesday to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Thomas Thornton will give a talk titled "Alaska Native Corporations and Cultural Models of Sustainability." Thornton is a senior research fellow for Environmental Change and Management at Oxford University. The brown bag lecture series will continue through November and focus on the impact of ANCSA. The lectures will be held from 12-1 pm in the 4th floor boardroom at Sealaska Plaza in Juneau. The lectures also will be streamed live at www.sealaska.com. The series was sponsored by MRV Architects, the McDowell Group and Kathy Ruddy of Juneau. For more information, contact Zachary Jones at 586-9261.
(News Article) (Flyer)

Dance group application for Celebration '12 now available
Deadline is March 2, 2012. Invitation notifications will be sent by March 23, 2012.(Application) (Celebration 2012)

Photo by Brian WallaceMallott video now online
If you missed our lecture by Byron Mallott last week, you can now watch it online.
Mallott of First Alaskans Institute gave a talk about the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act titled "ANCSA: Good or Bad?" The lecture was part of SHI's November lecture series in recognition of Native American Heritage Month. (News Article) (Flyer) (Video)

Photo by Brian WallaceFirst lecture scheduled Friday
SHI will sponsor a noon lecture on Friday to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Byron Mallott of First Alaskans Institute will give a talk about the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act titled "ANCSA: Good or Bad?" The brown bag lecture series will continue through November and focus on the impact of ANCSA. The lectures will be held from 12-1 pm in the 4th floor boardroom at Sealaska Plaza in Juneau. The lectures also will be streamed live at www.sealaska.com and from this page. The series was sponsored by MRV Architects, the McDowell Group and Kathy Ruddy of Juneau. For more information, contact Zachary Jones at 586-9261.
(News Article) (Press Release) (Flyer) (Video)

Dancers & Drummers Gathering planned for Juneau
SHI Trustee Nancy Barnes is organizing a Dancers & Drumming Gathering in Juneau. Everyone is welcome! There will be free tables for sales of Native arts and crafts (available on a first come, first serve basis). No charge--this is just for fun! Scheduled 2:30-5:30, Dec. 10, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center (JACC). For more information or to reserve a table contact Nancy Barnes at 465-6828 (day) or 364-2327 (evening). There will be a donation bowl for people who want to give to the Glory Hole for the holidays. (Flyer)

Halloween is coming. Can you say that in Tlingit?
Nakw s’aatí yagiyeeyí áwé yá haadé yaa nagút aa síndi.
“Halloween is next week.” U
Ch’a ldakát at yátx’i núkdzigaa át gugwa.áat.
“All the kids will be out looking for candy.”
U
Axoo aa kéi has shakaguxlagéi.
“Some of them will look cute.”
U
Axoo aa kéi has yakaguxlaxéitl’shan.
“Some of them will look scary.”
U
Daa sá yee tuwáa sigóo?
What do you all want?
Linúkdzi.át haa tuwáa sigóo.
We want candy.

Audio by the late Johnny Marks. Learn more Tlingit phrases.

SHI to host brown-bag lecture series on Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act
JUNEAU EMPIRE STAFF REPORT
Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a noon lecture series to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November. The series will focus on the impact of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, or ANSCA.Congress passed ANSCA 40 years ago...(more)

SHI trustee wins governor's award
Gov. Sean Parnell last week awarded the 2011 Shirley Demientieff Award to SHI Trustee Ethel Lund. The governor made the award at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention. The award is given each year at AFN by the governor for advocacy on behalf of Alaska Native women and children. “Ms. Lund charted a course for youth to embrace careers in the health care field,” Governor Parnell said. “Her work is lasting. This can be seen with one of the nation’s oldest Native-run health care organizations bearing her name: Juneau’s Ethel Lund Medical Center"...(more)

Photo by Brian WallaceSHI to sponsor lecture series for Native American Heritage Month
SHI
will sponsor a noon lecture series to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November. The brown-bag lunch series will focus on the impact of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) which was passed by Congress forty years ago, said SHI President Rosita Worl, adding Tlingit and Haida and Sealaska Corporation also will sponsor a November luncheon in recognition of ANCSA...(more) (Flyer) (News Article)

Job opening: SHI seeking development associate
SHI is seeking a Development Associate to assist the Director of Development in identifying grant opportunities for programs and capital projects, writing/submitting applications, and tracking award success. Resumes must be postmarked by Nov. 15 and sent to Sealaska Heritage Institute, ATTN: Lee Kadinger, One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 30, Juneau, AK  99801. (Job Description)

AFN names Worl Citizen of the Year
Award is AFN's highest honor
The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) has presented its highest honor to Rosita Worl, president of Sealaska Heritage Institute. At an Anchorage ceremony today during the federation’s annual convention, AFN President Julie Kitka gave Worl its Citizen of the Year award, saying Worl had dedicated her life to helping Native people from one corner of the state to the other. "I venture to say there’s probably nobody’s life that has not been touched by the efforts that she has put into her work helping the Native community over her lifetime," Kitka said...(more) (News Article)

The process includes games to make learning fun. In this activity, a ball is thrown onto the sheet. The student closest to the hole where the ball falls through must say a sentence using a vocabulary word.SHI participates in statewide literacy conference
SHI staff and curriculum contractor Jim MacDiarmid provided training on a process it uses to teach academic terms. The method, called the Developmental Language Process (DLP), is woven into the institute's curriculum. DLP is a process that helps instill vocabulary into long-term memory. Almost eighty people attended the training at the statewide Literacy Conference in October. Read more about the method in SHI's quarterly newsletter about the process. (Newsletter) (Video Overview of DLP)

SHI receives grant to study historic Tlingit recordings
Oldest recordings date to early 1900s
SHI has received a federal grant to research and migrate old Tlingit language recordings to a format that will make them more accessible to modern-day Native language students and scholars. The $150,000, two-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will allow SHI to migrate more than one hundred recordings of people speaking Tlingit from an old format to a digital format, said SHI Archivist Zachary Jones. Recordings with the potential to aid language students and educators will be placed online...(more) (News Article)

100 years of Alaska Native Brotherhood
In his blog this week, SHI Archivist Zachary Jones talks about the history and accomplishments of the Alaska Native Brotherhood, and its partner organization, the Alaska Native Sisterhood. SHI holds the largest collection of ANB records in the world. From the historic records, SHI recently compiled a list of ANB Grand Presidents and the locations of ANB Grand Camp Conventions (ANS list forthcoming)...(more) (Blog)

SHI soliciting papers for Box of Knowledge series
SHI is soliciting essay-length articles for our new Box of Knowledge Occasional Papers series. We welcome submissions dealing with all aspects of Alaska Native life, including history, anthropology, archaeology, art history, political science, linguistics, sociology, and literature. Consideration will be given to manuscripts which make a strong contribution to knowledge through new interpretations and/or new information...(more) (News Article)

Thanks proxy donors!
More than 400 shareholders donated their 2011 proxy funds (voting incentives) to Sealaska Heritage Institute. Sealaska Corporation contributes funds to support the administrative cost of SHI, but we must raise the additional funds from donations and grants from the public and private sector to support our cultural, language and educational programs. Thank you proxy donors! (Proxy Donors)

Worl to give talk on ANCSA at Fairbanks summit
SHI President Rosita Worl will give a talk about the retribalization of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) at the two-day ANCSA Impact Series conference in Fairbanks this week. Worl will participate in a panel discussion on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the conference, hosted by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Panelists will discuss the impact of ANCSA on Alaska since it was enacted 40 years ago. You can watch it live! (Agenda) (Live Broadcast)

Photos of Hoonah protest donated to SHI
In 1992, the community of Hoonah waged a protest against the federal government for infringing on subsistence activities in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve--the ancestral homeland of the Hoonah Tlingit. Protest participant Misty Jack of Hoonah recently donated her photos of the event to Sealaska Heritage Institute, to preserve in its archives. In his weekly blog, SHI Archivist Zach Jones talks about the photo collection and the stand the Hoonah Tlingit took against the federal government on that day. (Blog) (Photos)

Students get hooked on salmon
By Sarah Day
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Students at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School are digging deep into learning about salmon, from guts to growth. Science teachers and cultural specialists formed a large unit on salmon — from traditional science to cultural importance...Goldbelt Heritage Institute has sponsored the elders, who are using Sealaska's curriculum...(more)

Seventeen people participate in SHI's moccasin workshop
Seventeen people in Hoonah participated in SHI's workshop on how to make moccasins last weekend. The class ran over three days and was taught by SHI's Carmaleeda Estrada. Some students were able to complete an entire set of moccasins before the workshop ended! SHI sponsored its first moccasin workshop at the urging of the late Anita Lafferty, who taught a class last year. The first one was so popular SHI has continued the workshops. The next one is scheduled for Juneau--check back soon for dates and location (or join our e-news network and follow us on facebook). (Photos)

Art at Jineit goes online!
Have you checked out our new website featuring Alaska Native art? SHI runs a retail art store at Sealaska Plaza, and we recently launched a searchable website of the items for sale. If you have art you would like to sell through Jineit, contact Lola Foss at lola.foss@sealaska.com. (Jineit)

New art added to art web!
Click here to see new pieces, including a beautiful Raven shaakee.at by Archie Cavanaugh and paintings on skateboards by Rico Worl. (AlaskaNativeArtists.com)

Missed our lecture on Southeast totem parks?
You can watch it online! In her talk, Emily Moore discusses Southeast Alaska totem poles that were made or restored during the Great Depression and shows a 1949 newsreel about the project that was recently rediscovered. (Video)

SHI to sponsor lecture on totem parks of Southeast Alaska
Speaker to screen rediscovered 1949 newsreel about the parks
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will sponsor a noon lecture on Southeast Alaska totem poles that were made or restored during the Great Depression and show a 1949 newsreel about the project that was recently rediscovered. The lecture will be given by Emily Moore, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. SHI is sponsoring her research through its Visiting Scholars Program. The brown bag lunch lecture is scheduled from noon-1 pm, Monday, Sept. 19 in the 4th floor boardroom at Sealaska Plaza. It is free of charge and open to the public. Space is limited...(more)

Alaska Native Sisterhood civil rights leader Amy Hallingstad--a glimpse to 1947
In his blog this week, SHI Archivist Zachary Jones sheds light on the contributions of Amy Hallingstad, a civil rights leader. The post is based partly on a letter she wrote that is part of SHI's archives. Jones writes, "During the early 1930s, as Amy's children began to attend school in Petersburg, Amy became angry that the Native children in Petersburg were forced to attend a segregated school. Since Alaska Natives had to pay taxes that went toward the public school system, Amy was able to force the closure of the Native school in Petersburg and soon Alaska Native children were able to attend the public school in Petersburg...(more) (Blog).

Services for Shangukeidí clan mother scheduled
Family and friends are invited to services for Anna Klanott Katzeek—clan mother of the Shangukeidí (Thunderbirds).The memorial ceremony will be held at the Juneau Tlingit and Haida Community Council Building on September 15 beginning at 4:30 PM.The funeral service will be held on September 16 at the Northern Lights Church beginning at 4:30 PM. (Obituary)

Worl gives class on Native land claims, NAGPRA
At SHI, we get numerous and ongoing requests from schools and other organizations for classes on Native cultures, languages, and history. We always try to accommodate these requests. In September, a group of eight undergraduate anthropology students from South Puget Sound Community College in Washington State stopped by Sealaska Plaza for such a class. SHI President Rosita Worl (also an anthropologist) gave a talk on the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The students' field trip was led by Dale Croes, the school's head of anthropology.

Recordings documenting the history of Wrangell Tlingit come to SHI
In his blog, SHI Archivist Zachary Jones writes that an important set of recordings documenting the history of the Wrangell Tlingit were recently donated to SHI. The set includes nine recordings by Tlingit artist and Raven Kiks.ádi Elder Thomas Ukas (1879-1973) and his son Harry Ukas (1915-1993)...(more)

Click here to see photo albumSHI, Sealaska showcase Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian at Santa Fe Indian Market
In 2011, Sealaska Heritage Institute and Sealaska Corporation sponsored artists and cultural performances at the world renowned Santa Fe Indian Market, which draws more than 100,000 people every year. Our goals were to introduce ourselves and Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian art and culture. Our long term goal is to cultivate a similar market in Alaska. The Santa Fe Indian Market was founded 90 years ago and has been instrumental in creating worldwide demand for Southwest Indian art. Some artists at the market make enough in two days to sustain themselves for the entire year. Congratulations to Quinn Martine, winner of our copper Raven necklace! (Photos) (Video: Mt. Saint Elias Dancers) (Video: Northwest Coast Traditional and Contemporary Fashion Review) (News Article)

SHI to hold moccasin-making class in Hoonah
SHI will sponsor a class on how to make moccasins in Hoonah next month. SHI's Carmaleeda Estrada will teach the class from Friday, Sept. 23 to Sunday Sept. 25 at the Hoonah School, Erickson Building, Room 306. A $50 registration fee covers all materials needed to complete one pair of moccasins. To register contact Carmaleeda at 586-9280 or carmaleeda.estrada@sealaska.com. (Flyer)

Alaska Native art, culture to be showcased
By Klas Stolpe
JUNEAU EMPIRE
A group of Southeast Alaskan Native artists will be showcasing this region's indigenous art and culture at New Mexico's Santa Fe Indian Market in an effort to educate and attract art enthusiasts and collectors and develop a similar gathering in Juneau...(more)

The Mt. Saint Elias Dancers of Yakutat will perform at the marketAlaska groups to showcase Native art, cultures in Santa Fe
Groups hope to replicate huge art market in Alaska, broaden Alaska art market
SHI and Sealaska Corporation will showcase Native art and culture from Southeast Alaska at the Santa Fe Indian Market this year in an effort to better educate art enthusiasts and collectors about the region’s distinctive indigenous art and to develop a similar market here. SHI and Sealaska are planning Native art demonstrations, art sales, dance-and-cultural performances and a high fashion show to spotlight the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. It’s a chance to expose nearly 100,000 patrons of the market there to the Native art here and to broaden demand...(more) (News Article)

SHI's visiting scholar studies totem parks
In his latest blog, SHI Archivist Zach Jones talks about our newest visiting scholar, Emily Moore. She's conducting research on the totem parks of Southeast Alaska. Moore is interested in contacting carvers or their relatives in Tlingit and Haida communities who remember someone who worked on the New Deal totem parks, or details concerning the carving project, as Moore also works to honor the individual carvers who worked on this historic project and the project’s legacy...(more) (Visiting Scholars Program)

Teaching vanishing Native languages
By Jonathan Grass
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Tlingit speakers and educators are fighting to keep that language alive. As those at Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) put it, creating new speakers will be key in accomplishing this. In fact, the Native institute has just introduced a new Tlingit language card program as part of this mission. The program is a set of flash cards and audio CDs to help gain efficiency in the alphabet...(more) (Order)

Former Kake family heirloom ordnance dearmed, deactivated
By Klas Stolpe
JUNEAU EMPIRE
The Organized Village of Kake (OVK) with the assistance of the Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) diffused the historic Civil War Parrott Shell ordnance that a Kake family had passed among family members for decades. “It has been in our family over 100 years,” Kake elder Michael Jackson said when State Troopers and Elmendorf Air Force explosives experts had first traveled to Kake to investigate the shell on June 23, 2011...(more) (Photos)

A rare image and the story of George Schwatka
Collector Richard Wood this week donated a rare image to Sealaska Heritage Institute showing George Schwatka (Ind-A-Yanek) in Haines circa 1900. Ind-A-Yanek (later known as George Schwatka) was often photographed by early photographers of Alaska, though this image is quite rare--in part because it’s the only known image of a Tlingit on a horse during this period. Ind-A-Yanek of Klukwan is sometimes remembered as a guide to non-Natives who traveled inland during the gold rush era and exploration period, slightly before and after the turn of the century. In 1883 the federal government sent 1st Lt. Frederick Gustavus Schwatka (1849-1892) to Alaska to do a survey of routes from Haines to Fort Selkirk, Yukon. Lt. Schwatka hired Ind-A-Yanek to guide his party for the survey. Ind-A-Yanek did so, but Schwatka refused to pay him after his work concluded. Ind-A-Yanek told Schwatka that he would take his last name for the rest of Ind-A-Yanek's life as a ridicule payment, and thereafter Ind-A-Yanek was known as George Schwatka.

Language tool teaches Tlingit alphabet
Ed Schoenfeld
CoastAlaska
Do you want to learn Tlingit? You could start with the 50 letters, including some sounds that are not found in other languages. A new online tool, plus a note-card-and-audio system, is aimed at children. But it can help students of any age. The Sealaska Heritage Institute has created the online, audiovisual teaching program. It’s also being distributed as a note card and CD-audio system teaching the written language’s 50 letters...(more) (Order)

Tlingit alphabet cards, interactive tool, CD released
SHI has released flash cards, an audio CD and an online interactive tool designed to teach the Tlingit alphabet to young people. The materials feature original, whimsical art and are meant to provide a fun way for kids to interact and become familiar with the Tlingit alphabet. Each card includes a character in the Tlingit alphabet, a Tlingit word that uses that character and an image depicting the Tlingit word, said Linda Belarde, who writes curriculum with a focus on the Tlingit language for the institute...(more) (Interactive Version) (Order) (News Article)

Historic ordnance from 1800s successfully defused in Kake
A team of munitions experts has defused an artillery round in Kake, successfully preserving the historic artifact. Sealaska Heritage Institute, working in partnership with the Organized Village of Kake (OVK) and with funding from Sealaska Corporation, brought in specialists Jack Melton Jr. of Georgia and John F. Biemeck of Virginia to neutralize and remove the powder in the ordnance. The round was fired on the Keex Kan Tlingit by the U.S. Army's gunboat USS Saginaw as part of the Kake War of 1869, a historic event wherein the military took genocidal actions against innocent Tlingit. OVK plans to loan the shell to SHI (until the OVK can obtain their own cultural center in Kake) where it will serve as evidence of military actions against the Tlingit people of Kake. The inert shell was discussed and shown to the community and youth of Kake in July as part of the OVK's 23th annual culture camp. SHI Archivist Zachary Jones also assisted, and took photos. (Photos) (News Article)

Worl testifies in favor of Native corporations participating in NAGPRA
SHI President Rosita Worl submitted testimony pushing for an amendment to federal law to allow Native corporations to continue repatriating objects on behalf of clans. In her testimony before the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Worl argued Alaska Native corporations are best able to shoulder the ever=increasing escalation in costs associated with making repatriation requests and seeking review of disputes. A federal report issued in July questioned the corporations’ eligibility to participate in repatriation claims. (Testimony)

Canoe found in Southeast may be 500 years old
Ancient tools were used to hew wood in 34-foot craft
By MIKE DUNHAM ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS
A centuries-old Haida canoe has been discovered near the Prince of Wales Island village of Kasaan, Sealaska Corp. announced Tuesday. Work on the nearly 34-foot vessel may have stopped around the same time that Columbus sailed from Spain...(more)

Foresters find historic canoe on Prince of Wales Island
Partially-complete artifact could become model for modern craftsmen
By Pat Forgey JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska foresters working on Prince of Wales Island have unearthed a partially complete Haida canoe from the forest floor, and are estimating its age at more than 100 years old. A Sealaska Timber Corp. surveyor working in the area during the winter discovered the canoe. Later, when snow melted, it was confirmed to be an ancient canoe, the company said. Several cedar trees in the area appear to have been felled with traditional tools, and the canoe was constructed with traditional tools, said Sealaska Heritage Institute officials...(more) (Press Release)

SHI moccasin-making class prompts moccasin workshop in Angoon
SHI’s Carmaleeda Estrada sewed her first pair of moccasins about ten years ago but never consistently continued the practice, partly due to lack of materials. After taking a moccasin class in November sponsored by SHI, she was able to relearn the skill. This month, she taught a class in Angoon in response to comments by friends and relatives who wished to learn to make moccasins. SHI donated materials for the Angoon class and plans to sponsor workshops in Hoonah and Juneau this year. Check back soon for dates on future workshops or follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our e-newsletters. (Right: Angoon student Roxann Braley)

Sealaska Heritage Institute gets support from Legislature
Additional fundraising needed to complete downtown center
By Pat Forgey JUNEAU EMPIRE
The Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Native cultural center, named after Dr. Walter Soboleff, is expected to give a big push to the study and preservation of Alaska Native history, culture, art and language. The center’s building is located across from Sealaska Corp.’s headquarters on a site that once was a downtown eyesore. It is also expected to give a boost to the city’s center. Sealaska officials are showing off a new architect’s model of the $22.5 million building, as they continue fundraising to get it built...(more)

Wondering what the Kake bomb looks like?
SHI Archivist Zachary Jones went to Kake last week to help the Organized Village of Kake (OVK) delay detonation of unexploded ordnance left from the bombardment of Kake in 1869 by the U.S. Steamer Saginaw. Jones took this photo while he was there. SHI will be working with OVK to send a munitions expert to Kake to defuse the device, which has historic value. For more on the Kake bomb story, click here.

Aged bomb in Kake gets official inspection
Family heirloom a reminder of clashes with government
By Klas Stolpe JUNEAU EMPIRE
Della Cheney remembers playing with a family heirloom growing up, a rather strange looking metallic object that wasn’t easily moved about. “It was very heavy,” Cheney said. “At least 25 pounds.” The heirloom? A roughly 12-inch long, 30-pound unexploded round of ammunition that struck the village more than 140 years ago. Or in the words of one of the descendants who found the shell resting on the other side of a hole in a Southeast rainforest soaked stump, “It was an annoying object when you stubbed your toe on it but a great conversation piece...(more) (6-23-11)

New list of Alaskan Haida words for cultural objects compiled
In this week's blog post, SHI Archivist Zachary Jones reveals a list of Alaskan Haida words for cultural objects commonly found in museums. We occasionally receive inquiries about linguistic terms from artists, educators, museums, and other interested researchers. He compiled the list from Dictionary of Alaskan Haida, which was published by Sealaska Heritage Institute in 2010. A link to the list will be maintained in the Language Resources section...(more) (Blog) (List)
 

Students encouraged to sign up for STAR program
Capital City Weekly
Summer is here and it is time to get those kids, grandkids, and neighbors signed up for Perseverance Theatre's Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous (STAR). Rehearsals and classes begin July 11. This five-week program is perfect for students ages 10-18 who are enthusiastic about theatre. A limited number of full scholarships for Alaska Native students are available thanks to the support of Sealaska Heritage Institute...(more)

New internship seeks to get Native students involved in museums, preservation work
By Jonathan Grass JUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute has just joined with the University of Alaska Southeast in an internship program to encourage more Native archivists and museum curators. SHI archivist said that more Natives are needed in these fields that are devoted to the preservation of their cultures. “This field certainly needs diversity. Especially with museum materials, it’s important to have Natives working in their museums...(more)

Latseen Hoop Camp in Hoonah. Photo courtesy Daphne WrightSHI wraps 2011 Latseen hoop camps
Nearly forty kids attended SHI's annual Latseen Hoop Camp program in June. This is an innovative program designed to teach Native languages to kids through basketball. We think this approach makes learning fun! The camps were held in Hoonah and Juneau this year and taught by Ralph Wolfe, Jordan Gibson, De'Andre Jazz King, Mischa Jackson, Josh Jackson, Jessica Chester and Michaela Demmert.

SHI archives intern Alyssa Peterson cataloging recordings at Sealaska Heritage InstituteSHI joins new internship program to foster more Native archivists
First Native intern wins full scholarship to pursue masters in library science
SHI has joined with a state university in an internship program designed to foster more archivists and museum curators. SHI’s first Tlingit intern (right) under the program, founded this year by the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), was just accepted into a graduate school in California to pursue a career in archives and given a full scholarship. The news was gratifying because there are so few Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people working in the field of archival science, said SHI Archivist Zachary Jones, who cares for the institute’s ethnographic and archival collections...(more)

Have you ever seen a seagull egg?
Seagull eggs are a traditional Native food. A staff member recently went to the outer coast and collected eggs from seagulls and sea terns (sometimes called kittiwakes or sea pigeons). These birds lay only three eggs per nest. The rule is you collect eggs if there are only one or two in a nest. If there are three, they may be about to hatch, so you leave those ones alone. To make sure there are yolks inside and not birds, you put them in a bucket of water. If an egg floats, it’s too far along. If it sinks, it’s all yolk and good to go. You can prepare these eggs just like chicken eggs. They are very rich and make cakes fluffier than chicken eggs (Recipe). The Tlingit word for seagull is kéidladi. The Tlingit word for seagull egg is kéidladi k’wát'i. The Haida word for seagull is sk’ín. The Haida word for a bird's egg is káw. The Tsimshian word for seagull is ggagoom. The Tsimshian word for seagull egg is hlgumadm ggagoom. (Photo) (Recipe: Seagull Egg Pie)

Learn dog commands in Tlingit!
Learn common commands for your dog, such as sit, stop, come here and good dog. Words courtesy of Roby Littlefield and Kassandra Eubank-Littlefield. (Dog Commands) (Language Resources)

360 North plans Soboleff coverage Friday
360 North is planning an evening of programming dedicated to Walter Soboleff on Friday. The celebrated Tlingit elder, educator and Presbyterian minister died May 22 at the age of 102...(more) (Web Link)

Juneau hoop camps on this week
SHI is sponsoring its Latseen Basketball Camp in Juneau this week. This is an innovative program that integrates the Tlingit language into an intensive week of basketball camp. The program creates a fun and supportive learning environment for kids to develop basketball skills and fundamentals while learning the Tlingit language. The next hoop camp is in Hoonah, June 13-17 for students in grades 5-12. It's free! For more information contact Ralph Wolfe at 586-9165 or ralph.wolfe@sealaska.com. (Flyer--Hoonah Camp)

Artistic heritage and a unique object at the British Museum
From SHI's archivist Zach Jones' blog: In April 2011, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Sealaska Heritage Institute sponsored a trip for a delegation from SHI to travel to the British Museum to document and study their Southeast Alaska Native objects...(more)

Helen Dianne Dangel, recipient of the 2011 Judson L. Brown Leadership AwardSHI awards $447,000 in Sealaska scholarships
Second-ever Judson Brown scholarship given to student pursuing master’s
SHI has awarded approximately $447,000 in scholarships to Sealaska shareholders and descendants and given a leadership award from a separate endowment to a student pursuing her master’s degree. The awards, funded mostly by Sealaska Corporation, will help students pursuing graduate and undergraduate degrees and voc-tech training for the 2011-2012 school year. A portion also will fund heritage studies, language studies and culture camps...(more) (News Article)

US Dept. of Agriculture looking for interns
Positions available at the local regional and national level in Washington D.C. If interested contact Janie Hipp at janie.hipp@osec.usda.gov or Barbara Blake at barbara.blake@osec.usda.gov.

Governor orders flags to be flown at half staff in Soboleff's honor
(News Article)

SHI mourns passing of Kaajaakwti—SHI chair, traditional scholar, leader
We at Sealaska Heritage Institute are mourning the loss of a great man and an inspirational leader. Dr. Walter A. Soboleff (Kaajaakwti) lived a very long life, but we will sorely miss his wisdom, guidance and gentle ways. Dr. Soboleff served on our Board of Trustees since 1985, and since 1988 he has been our Chair. He has led the institute almost as long as the institute has been around. Dr. Soboleff also was a very valued member of our Council of Traditional Scholars, which guides us in our cultural programs.

Dr. Soboleff was of the Yéil (Raven) moietClick "Start" and choose y, L’eeneidí (Dog Salmon) clan. He was a fluent Tlingit speaker and a staunch advocate for Native language documentation and preservation. He helped lead SHI to make language restoration a priority in 1997. In addition, he sat for many recording sessions with Trustee Clarence Jackson, who interviewed Soboleff in Tlingit. These video recordings are kept at the institute’s archives and were made, in part, to leave a legacy for language students, who will be able to listen to and learn from these casual conversations spoken in Tlingit. Up until the last days of his life he was guiding us and giving us the benefit of his vast knowledge about the Tlingit language and culture. We miss him dearly and are forever grateful that this giant of a man walked this earth. (News Articles) (Statement by the Governor) (Century of Soboleff) (Video of Dr. Soboleff's Celebration 2010 Address) (Press Release)

JDHS students present Native art
Students who took Native art classes from SHI's Donald Gregory (Heendéi) presented the pieces they made to students at Juneau-Douglas High School today. The students carved and painted Raven heads for the CHOICE program. SHI sponsors this class every year. Art by students will eventually go on display at Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Video of tree ceremony now online
SHI has posted video of a tree ceremony held In 2007. The ceremony was held for the felling of a tree slated to become a dugout canoe for the Smithsonian's new Ocean Hall. The Raven canoe was carved at Sealaska Plaza by Doug Chilton. It was launched on the Potomac River in 2008 and is now on permanent display at the museum in Washington D.C. The group at the tree ceremony gave thanks to the tree and spread down on a blanket to cushion its fall. Video production by Morgan Howard Productions. (Video)

Hoonah students embark on canoe trip using SHI's curriculum
Hoonah students used SHI’s curriculum on canoes to create “canoe trip”--their class performance for the recent 21st Annual School Celebration Ku.éex’. We encourage teachers to use our curriculum, which is posted online. Our Tlingit curriculum includes audio of Tlingit words. We have a similar resource for Haida. Thanks to Michelle Amundson and Daphne Wright for the photo!

SHI recruiting for curriculum specialist
Incumbent will have primary responsibility for development, evaluation and dissemination of secondary level curriculum. Qualifications include bachelor’s degree in secondary education,  two years experience in a Native culture or education program and two years managing a program or project. To apply, submit cover letter, resume, college transcripts and three references to Sealaska Heritage Institute, ATTN: HR, at One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 301, Juneau, AK  99801 or fax to (907) 586-9293 or email to lola.foss@sealaska.com. Open until filled. Salary is DOE. The Institute is a non-profit organization founded by Sealaska Corporation. Shareholder preference.

SHI acquires old photos
SHI has acquired four additional old photos for its archival collection. One shows a group photo of the Tlingit baseball team "Alaskans" in their baseball uniforms. The photo was taken by E. Andrews of Douglas, Alaska. It's undated but research by the former owner, Richard Wood, revealed that Tlingit J.B. Fawcett (Tseexwaa) (1889-1983) was a baseball "player and manager for a Hoonah baseball team called the 'Alaskans.' " (Dauenhauer and Dauenhauer, 1994). (Richard Wood Photograph Collection) (All Digital Collections)


SHI holds Native art workshops in schools

Tlingit artist Donald Gregory (Heendéi) is teaching almost 70 students how to make Native art this semester. Students at Floyd Dryden Middle School are learning to carve Raven heads and students at Juneau-Douglas High School are carving paddles. Sealaska Heritage Institute sponsors the Native art program in the Juneau School District every year. You can see Donald’s work at SHI’s art web: www.alaskanativeartists.com!

SHI seeking artists for demonstrations, sales
Sealaska Heritage Institute is looking for artists to do demonstrations throughout the summer in the Sealaska lobby by SHI’s Native art store, Jinéit. The table fee is $25. Artists will be on hand to interact with customers and are welcome to sell directly to Jinéit’s customers. Contact Leo Ellis at Jineit@sealaska.com to schedule a table.

Akaka, Stevens honored by Alaska Native groups
Native groups from across the state recognized U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, his wife Millie and Catherine Stevens-- wife of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens--for their efforts on behalf of Native people. In this photo, Sen. Akaka is seen wearing Yaakoosgé X’óow, a Chilkat-style woolen blanket produced by Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Worl keynote at D.C. conference
SHI President Rosita Worl was the keynote speaker at the Legal Empowerment & Indigenous Peoples conference in Washington D.C. on Monday. Indigenous leaders, congressional leaders, members of the Obama Administration and representatives of multilateral institutions gathered to examine the significance of legal empowerment for indigenous peoples with regard to international policy and public policy in the U.S. The conference was sponsored by the Alaska Federation of Natives and the Institute of Liberty and Democracy. (News Article)

SHI's Belarde to teach workshop on Tlingit culture
Learn about Tlingit culture, social structure and contemporary issues with culture and language specialist Linda Belarde from the Sealaska Heritage Institute. This workshop, titled Contemporary Expressions of Traditional Tlingit Culture, will be offered by the Juneau city museum from 6-8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 2, and will be repeated at the same time on Tuesday, May 3. (News Article)

SHI to hold basketball camps in Juneau, Hoonah in June
Learn your Native language while having fun playing basketball! SHI's Latseen Hoop Camps will be held in Juneau and Hoonah this year in June. They're open to students in grades 5-12, and they're free! For more information contact ralph.wolfe@sealaska.com. (Application) (Flyer--Hoonah Camp) (Flyer--Juneau Camp)

Central Council President Ed Thomas gives Livetime Achievement Award winner Rosita Worl a cedar bark hat at an awards ceremony on April 13, 2011.Worl given Lifetime Achievement Award
SHI President Rosita Worl has won the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. At the awards ceremony on April 13, Worl called it "a great honor to be recognized by your tribe and your people." Central Council is a tribal government representing more than 27,000 Tlingit and Haida Indians worldwide. (News Article)
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Are you a Native artist with work to sell? We want to hear from you!
SHI wants to hear from Native artists who want to sell their work--either at our retail store or through our website. SHI buys Native art for sale in its Juneau store Jin
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it, which offers authentic Native art. SHI also runs a Native art website, www.alaskanativeartists.com. For more information, inquire at jineit@sealaska.com

Worl with Stevens in 2008, when SHI traveled to Washington DC to launch a dugout canoe on the Potomac. That canoe now hangs at the Smithsonian's Ocean Hall.Worl testifies in support of Ted Stevens Day
SHI President Rosita Worl testified this week before the state Legislature in support of establishing Ted Stevens Day. "Most people know Sen. Ted Stevens brought significant appropriations to the state but he also was a man of principle who supported diversity in Alaska and the Native land claims act. He made many contributions to Alaska and to Alaska Natives," said Worl, adding Stevens was adopted into the T'eikweid
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(Brown Bear) Clan. The bill (HB 101) would make every fourth Saturday of July each year Ted Stevens Day. (HB 101)

Carver Nathan Jackson examines an old pipe while the museum's Robert Storrie listens.SHI sponsors project to document Native objects at The British Museum
SHI sponsored a trip to The British Museum this month to document their Southeast Alaska Native objects. Staff was accompanied by the famous Tlingit carver Nathan Jackson, who closely examined the pieces and gave information about them. SHI plans to publish a book on the collection. The project was funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


Archaeological discovery suggests first Americans followed Alaskan coast
News of this discovery was released today (click here for the story). On a side note, Tlingit oral histories tell of coastal migrations to the Americas—as opposed to a route via a land bridge. In 2006, SHI produced a video showing how those oral histories are now being corroborated by science. For more on the video--Kuwóot yas.éin (His Spirit is Looking Out From the Cave--click here.

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ANB donates historical photos to SHI
The Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp has donated a collection of historical photos to SHI. The collection includes a number of great images showing ANB and ANS members. The collection also documents some important moments in history, such as ANB leaders including William L. Paul meeting with Sen. Ernest Gruening about the proposed land claims bill for the Tlingit and Haida. See them online! (Photos)

SHI accepting applications for Latseen Leadership Academy
SHI is accepting applications for its annual Latseen Leadership Academy in Juneau. This year's academy is for incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who are Sealaska shareholders or shareholder descendants. Academy is scheduled July 23-30. Application deadline is June 10. (Application) (Flyer) (Photos) (News Article)

New curriculum now available online
SHI has posted curriculum for social studies language development for grade six online. The compilation of eleven units are titles The Road to ANCSA. The materials are part of an ongoing project called The Development Language Process: Language for Success. Read more about this project in our quarterly newsletter, which was published in late November. The project includes student programs, where materials are field tested, teacher training and a heritage language component. The institute encourages teachers to download its materials for use in class. (Download Curriculum)

Century of Soboleff
Alaska icon shares 102 years of wisdom
By Steve Quinn First Alaskans
The teacher pulled aside the Tlingit boy, whose rapt attention he secured to deliver an indelible message. He said to young Walter Soboleff: "Take care of the old person you are going to become." "I never forgot that," Soboleff says. "At first I thought it was a very strange talk. But it just remained with me. I remember that through grade school, through high school, through college, through graduate school"...(more)

Owl mask courtesy of Huna Heritage FoundationCultural objects returning to Hoonah after 80 years
By Jonathan Grass
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Eight Native cultural objects are returning home after a long struggle following an even longer absence. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has sent a letter to the T’akdeintaan Clan, Snail House, of Hoonah, saying it plans to return eight objects the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee recently deemed the rightful property of the clan under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, or NAGRA. The clan has been trying to reclaim 50 objects from the museum for 16 years...(more) (Press Release)

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Learn to say terms of endearment in Tlingit just in time for Valentine's Day! This was compiled by Roby Littlefield and is the product of six years of work by many students and speakers...(more)

Eight objects to come home to Hoonah clan
Forty-two objects still held by museum

Eight old, cultural objects illegally sold to an east coast museum in the 1920s are returning home to the T’akdeintaan Clan, Snail House, of Hoonah.
The clan has been trying for 16 years to repatriate a collection of 50 objects owned by the Snail House (a sub division of the clan) but held by the Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The museum sent a letter to the clan notifying it of plans to send eight of the objects home.“I can hardly believe that it’s really going to happen in my lifetime,” said Marlene Johnson, a member of the Snail House and a co-signer on the original repatraition claim filed in September 1995...(more)

SHI art show winner Cheney wins mayor's award
Della Cheney has won the Mayor's Award for the Arts, given annually by the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council. In the announcement, the council cited two pieces Della entered in SHI's biennial Juried Art Show and Competition: her "Women of Justice" Ravens Tail robe, which won Best in Show, contemporary, in 2008, and Dajang, a cedar bark hat which won second place for traditional art in the 2004 competition...(more) (News Article: Cheney's 2008 win)
 

Lots of new art added to Native art web!
SHI has added more than fifty pieces of new art to its art web, www.alaskanativeartists.com. Most of the pieces are jewelry by Rudy Isturis, who uses unusual and rare materials to make his one-of-a-kind creations. Click here to view by newest additions. If you are a Native artist who would like to be represented on SHI's art web, contact Donald Gregory at donald.gregory@sealaska.com or call 907.586.9170.

Sealaska buys 100-year-old Haida mat using PFD donations
Anchorage Daily News
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has acquired a rare, cedar-bark Haida mat traditionally used as bedding or as room dividers in clan houses plus two old halibut hooks...(more)

SHI acquires rare cedar-bark Haida mat, halibut hooks
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has acquired a rare, cedar-bark Haida mat traditionally used as bedding or as room dividers in clan houses plus two old halibut hooks. The items were kept in the seller’s family for generations, and the seller approached the institute because she wanted them to stay in Southeast Alaska, said SHI President Rosita Worl, noting the mat is very rare. “Haida cedar mats of this quality don’t very often come up for sale, so we were really pleased when they brought it here,” Worl said. “It’s a beautiful mat. It’s in great condition, despite its age"...(more) (News Article)

Tlingit Elder Cyril George
By Clarissa Rizal
Back in 1972, Gilbert Lucero began an Alaska Native teen center called the "Totem Center." He coordinated various events pertaining to the arts and cultural life way of the Tlingit, introducing many of us young ones to things we were not even aware of...(more)

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Scholarship seekers may now complete, submit applications online!
SHI has set up on online database to receive Sealaska scholarship applications directly over the Internet. The system replaces the old method, which required students to mail hardcopy applications to our office. Now, applications may be completed and submitted online--directly into our system. It takes less than 30 minutes to fill out and submit and students can upload required documents, track their scholarship funds, and maintain contact information. They also get instant verification when an application is received. Students who use the online application will receive an additional $25 with their scholarship award! The deadline to apply for a scholarship is March 1, 2011...(more) (Online Application) (News Story)

Video of guitar jam online
If you missed SHI's Native Guitar Jam on Saturday, Dec. 18, you can now watch it online! Musicians Andy Cadiente, Cyril George, Sr., Betty Marvin, and Rico Worl played for a crowd of about fifty people at Centennial Hall. SHI also hosted a Native Artist Market in the lobby. It was all part of the institute's effort to celebration Native American Heritage Month this year. (Video) (Photos)

Libby Sterling / Juneau EmpirePhoto: Sharing a song
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Rico Worl, right, performs at Saturday's Native artist market and guitar jam at Centennial Hall. Betty Marvin, center, and Andy Cadiente also performed at the event, which was sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute...(more) (Video)

Did you miss Cyril George's lecture on Dec. 13?
No problem--you can watch it online! Videos of lectures by Cyril George, Sr., Edward Vajda, David Katzeek, Madonna Moss, Dan Monteith, and Zachary Jones are now posted in our video library. Check back soon for more coverage of lectures sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute in celebration of Native American Heritage Month! (News Article)

SHI to sponsor guitar jam, Native art market
Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a celebration of Native guitarists and art this weekend with a free jam session and art market.It’s free of charge and open to the public. Performers will include Betty Marvin, Andy Cadiente and Kevin Skeek.The Native Artist Market will be open from 3-6 pm, Saturday, December 18 at Centennial Hall. Musicians will begin performing at 4 pm...(more) (Flyer)

Angoon leader concludes Sealaska lecture series with historical bombardment account
By Jonathan GrassJUNEAU EMPIRE
As Native American Heritage Month has come to a close, Sealaska Heritage Institute concluded its lecture series Monday with a lecture on the importance of Tlingit communications and understanding. Cyril George Sr. spoke to a packed room on how failure to communicate led to problems between Angoon Natives and the federal government that last to this day. George is a clan leader of Deisheetaan of Angoon and Kaakáak'w Hít. He spoke on how proper communications and cultural understandings are integral to Tlingit relations, both in the past and today...(more)

SHI sponsors moccasin workshop with Anita Lafferty
Anita Lafferty told us this year that she was worried that the knowledge about how to make moccasins was being lost. So, in December SHI sponsored a workshop on how to make moccasins--taught by Anita Lafferty! We were able to accommodate twenty people and we received many more applications, so SHI might sponsor another workshop. Thank you Anita for an instructive workshop! (Photos)

For the world I did not miss David Katzeek's lecture on true education
By Clarissa Rizal
I dropped all my other deadlines this past Monday and ran into town just to see David Katzeek speak; who wouldn't?...(more)

Some Native donations may not be so Native
By Jonathan GrassJUNEAU EMPIRE
Sealaska Heritage Institute received a collection of 18 Native cultural objects and tourist items from an anonymous donor last month. However, studies on these objects have led SHI researchers to believe three of them may not be Native made. SHI President Rosita Worl said a beaver crest clan hat and two rattles among the collection may have been made by a non-commissioned non-Native. Worl said the researchers came to this conclusion because, while the items look old, the wear and tear on them was not consistent with the apparent age...(more) (Photos of Collection)

Did you miss Edward Vajda's lecture on Nov. 22?
No problem--you can watch it online! Videos of lectures by Edward Vajda, David Katzeek, Madonna Moss, Dan Monteith, and Zachary Jones are now posted in our video library. Check back soon for more coverage of lectures sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute in celebration of Native American Heritage Month!

Did you miss David Katzeek's lecture on Dec. 6?
No problem--you can watch it online! Videos of lectures by David Katzeek, Madonna Moss, Dan Monteith, and Zachary Jones are now posted in our video library. Check back soon for more coverage of lectures sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute in celebration of Native American Heritage Month!

Native leader explains Tlingit education's relevance for all societies
By Jonathan GrassJUNEAU EMPIRE
Tlingit educational values have kept its clans alive since before European contact in Alaska, and Tlingit leaders recognize how the pillars of that education are important to Native and non-Native students alike, a speaker discussing Native education said Monday. David Katzeek, who goes by Kingeisti, is a leader of the Eagle Thunderbird Clan of Klukwan. He's spent years discussing education with students across Alaska for years, and shared the insights of that journey as part of Sealaska Heritage Institute's lecture series...(more) (Video) (Blog)

Alaskan clan says it may sue University of Pennsylvania to get items back
By Tom Avril Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA - A federal advisory committee has recommended that the University of Pennsylvania return a trove of native artifacts it acquired nearly 90 years ago from a clan of Tlingit people in southeast Alaska. The recommendation last month regarding the collection of more than 40 items, among them headdresses, carved masks, and ceremonial horns, is not binding on Penn's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The museum has offered instead to turn over eight of the objects, allowing the clan to serve as cocurator of the rest...(more)

Katzeek to speak at brown bag lunch lecture in honor of Native American Heritage Month

David Katzeek, leader of the Shangukeidí Clan of Klukwan, will give a talk on the traditional Tlingit education system as part of SHI's celebration of Native American Heritage Month. It’s scheduled from noon to 1 pm, Monday, Dec. 6, at Sealaska Plaza in the boardroom on the 4th floor. It’s free and open to the public...(more)

SHI expands hours at Native art store, Jinéit
Are you looking for authentic Native art or other items with totemic designs? We have it at Jinéit, located in the Sealaska lobby in downtown Juneau. We have Christmas items, including Christmas scented soaps, tree ornaments, stocking stuffers and travel mugs--all with Native artwork on them. We also have silver and copper jewelry. Do your Christmas shopping at Jinéit, or stop by during Gallery walk to see a live demonstration of silver carving. Jinéit is open year round Monday through Saturday from 11 to 6 pm. Proceeds help fund SHI's cultural and educational programs.

Did you miss one of our lectures?
No problem--you can watch it online! Videos of lectures by Madonna Moss, Dan Monteith, and Zachary Jones are now posted in our video library. Check back soon for more coverage of lectures sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute in celebration of Native American Heritage Month!
 

SHI to sponsor workshop on how to make moccasins
SHI is sponsoring a workshop on how to make moccasins in December. The workshop is scheduled Dec. 10-12 in Juneau at the Sealaska 4th floor boardroom. It will be taught by Anita Lafferty. There is a $50 registration fee, which will cover all materials necessary to sew and complete one pair of moccasins. Space is limited. To register, contact Carmaleeda Estrada at carmaleeda.estrada@sealaska.com or 586-9280. Four rural students will be selected to receive travel scholarships to attend the workshop! (Flyer)

Spokesman: 'We proved ... that we owned it'
By Jonathan GrassJUNEAU EMPIRE
Years ago, two different Native clans made claims for the ownership of certain objects in museums in Alaska and Pennsylvania. Those claims are now one step closer to fulfillment, and the clans couldn't be happier about it. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, or NAGRA, Review Committee in Washington, D.C. found a Native object in the Alaska State Museum and several in the University of Pennsylvania Museum are actually the property of the Teeyhíttaan Clan of Wrangell and T'akdeintaan Clan of Hoonah, respectively...(more)

New curriculum now available online
SHI has posted curriculum for math and science language development for grade six online. The materials are part of an ongoing project called The Development Language Process: Language for Success. Read more about this project in our quarterly newsletter, which was published in late November. The project includes student programs, where materials are field tested, teacher training and a heritage language component. The institute encourages teachers to download its materials for use in class.

Pennsylvania museum told to return Alaska Tlingit artifacts
A shaman's owl mask. A brass Loon Spirit hat. A faded hide robe that memorializes ancestors of the Hoonah T'akdeintaan clan wiped out by a tidal wave in Lituya Bay.
These items and dozens more belong to clan members, not the Pennsylvania museum where they've been stored for decades, a federal committee ruled recently. Marlene Johnson, a T'akdeintaan elder, has been trying to return the objects to Alaska ever since watching a slideshow of the collection in the mid-1990s. As long as there's one of us around, it belongs to us," she said...(more)

Mystery donor bestows new cultural objects to Sealaska
Folks at the Sealaska Heritage Institute may not know the person's name, but are grateful for his or her philanthropic spirit. An anonymous donor has given the institute 18 Native cultural objects and tourist items. SHI President Rosita Worl said the collection contained sign<<Selection in Document>>ificant ceremonial pieces and would provide important research opportunities. Worl said such donations are unusual. Those who part with such collections most often do so for a price. "What I was most amazed about the donor is he wanted it to return home," said Worl, noting she was only assuming the donor was a "he"...(more)

Anonymous donor gives stunning collection of Native objects to SHI
Michigan donor wanted collection to go home
An anonymous donor who wanted his collection of Native cultural objects to go home has given 18 pieces that date at least to the early 1900s to Sealaska Heritage Institute. The collection includes some very important ceremonial pieces, said SHI President Rosita Worl. “I was absolutely stunned at the collection. I did not know that it would have these very significant pieces—a clan hat, three rattles—very magnificent pieces,” said Worl...(more) (Photos)

Alaska Federation of Natives 2010 Convention
“Village Survival!” was the theme of this year’s Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) annual convention. The Sealaska Board of Directors participated in several panel discussions on the topic. SHI President Rosita Worl gave a presentation called "Village Survival! How can we use federal policy to support village economies?" and the video is now available online. (Video)

Thanks for making way for dancers
On Nov. 5, the Git-Hoan Dance Group traveled to Juneau for special performances to honor Native American Heritage Month. Auke Bay Elementary School is grateful and honored by the help and willingness of the Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Git-Hoan dancers to provide an opportunity for Auke Bay students to experience this extraordinary performance...(more)

T’akdeintaan delegation. From left: Attorney Walter Echo-Hawk, Gordon Greenwald, Ron Wiilliams, T’akdeintaan Clan Leader Ken Grant, David Katzeek and Chuck SmytheFederal advisory panel on repatriation rules in favor of Southeast clans
A federal advisory panel today decided in favor of two Southeast Alaska Native clans seeking to repatriate more than 50 sacred and patrimonial objects from two museums. In separate unanimous decisions, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Review Committee found that the Alaska State Museum and the University of Pennsylvania Museum did not have the right of possession to the items, meaning the museums did not acquire the objects with the consent of the clans that owned them. The ruling was a victory for the T’akdeintaan and Teeyhíttaan clans, which had sought to repatriate the objects through Sealaska Corporation, Wrangell Cooperative Association, Hoonah Indian Association and Huna Totem Corporation...(more) (Soundbite from SHI President Rosita Worl) (News Article)

Michael Penn/Juneau EmpireA new look at an old battle
"It was called the "Kake War" of 1869 but few people today know of it, said Zachary Jones, archivist with the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Among those who are aware of it are the Kéex' Kwaan Tlingit of the Kake area, as well as other areas where related battles were fought, including Sitka, Wrangell and Cape Fox. Jones spoke of his research as part of a series of talks held at the Sealaska Building during Native American Heritage Month. He's been using Tlingit oral histories to add to the official record of the clashes, and has been filling in a picture that's been bases mostly on Caucasian written records...(more) (Video)

Git-Hoan dancer with students at Auke Bay Elementary. Photo by Brian Wallace.Students, public help celebrate Native American Heritage Month
Thousands of students and other Juneau residents turned out to see the Git Hoan Dancers and Xudizaa Daa Kwaan Dancers for Native American Heritage Month on Friday, Nov. 5. The Git Hoan Dancers wowed the audiences with their huge masks and ability to transform into animals. "The deer walked as deer, the ravens turned their heads and chattered just like ravens, and the eagles had a particular head tilt that is so indicative of them. The memory of this performance will stay with me," wrote one audience member. The Xudzidaa Kwáan Dancers of Angoon also impressed the audiences with their traditional songs and dances and use of clan hats. The performances were held at Juneau-Douglas High School and Auke Bay Elementary School along with a Native Artist Market. The celebration continues through mid December with a series of lectures...(more) (Schedule & Lecturers' Abstracts)

Archeologist discusses pre-contact Tlingit warfare as part of Native American Heritage Month lecture series
When Sealaska Heritage Institute invited anthropologist Madonna Moss to speak during the Native American Heritage Month lecture series, she didn't want to talk about war. "I wanted to talk about herring and herring bones!" she told the several dozen people filling the Sealaska boardroom last Friday...(more)

Sealaska Heritage Institute among Alaskan recipients of Native Arts and Cultures Foundation grants
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) recently awarded its first grants to 26 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists and organizations. This year's recipients include three Alaska Native artists and three Alaska Native arts and cultural organizations...(more)

National Heritage Month: Professor discusses warfare in ancient Tlingit times
The Sealaska Heritage Institute's second annual lecture series for Native American Heritage Month opened Friday with an in-depth look at what warfare meant to ancient Tlingit cultures. Madonna Moss, a professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon, brought her studies of Tlingit warfare to Juneau. She said her purpose was to expose locals to the differences between researched data and preconceived notions of Tlingit warfare, since it's quite a sensitive topic. "I think that understanding warfare is important. It requires us to understand Tlingit legal reasoning and Tlingit law, and the Tlingits were here before non-Natives were here, and so Tlingit law was the law of the land," she said...(more) (Video)

Jennie Thlunaut video now available on DVD
An SHI video exploring the life and work of the famed Chilkat weaver Jennie Thlunaut is now available on DVD. The work on this video began during a Chilkat weaving workshop that Jennie taught in 1985. Through poetry, interviews, and documentary footage, the video looks at Jennie's life and art. It is also a study of the relationship between kinship, land, and at.oow.  This is not a professional production; on the contrary, it is a loving and personal homage to Jennie, shot on home video by Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Suzanne Scollon...(more)

SHI to sponsor lectures, dance performances, and art market for
Native American Heritage Month

SHI will sponsor a noon lecture series, dance performances, and a Native art market to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November. The brown-bag lunch series will focus on topics such as Tlingits and combat and Native history and language. The program this year will include dance performances at the Juneau-Douglas High School. A Native artist market will be set up in the commons of the school during the afternoon of the performances. The celebration of Native dance, art, culture and history are free and open to the public, said SHI President Rosita Worl, adding she hopes attendees will learn more about Southeast Native cultures...(more(Flyer: Performances, Art Market) (Flyer: Lectures) (Schedule & Lecturers' Abstracts) (Print) (News Article)

SHI receives major donation of recordings of Native Elders, leaders
Local radio host Cy Peck, Jr., has donated to Sealaska Heritage Institute a major collection of recordings capturing the words of Native Elders and leaders. The recordings, which have been digitized, include interviews with many Native Elders and leaders, including Cy Peck, Sr., Matthew Fred, Austin Hammond, Charlie Jimmie, and Walter Williams to name a few. “I think it’s found a home here,” said Peck at a recent ceremony in Juneau where the collection was formally presented to the institute. “I want everyone to know where to come and hear the Elders speak in their original way they spoke at potlatches and ceremonies and honoring people"...(more) (News Article)

SHI hosts language workshop
Forty people from across Southeast Alaska attended a Language Proficiency Assessment Workshop in Juneau hosted by SHI Sept. 23-25. The goal was to develop a region-wide, three language (Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian) language assessment which could be used in schools and with adult learners.  Language teachers and learners from Yakutat, Sitka, Wrangell, Kake, Hoonah and Juneau participated. Elders spoke of the need to include accurate cultural knowledge in language teaching.  The group made excellent progress in the development of a language assessment. (Photos)

SHI to host Native Artist Market
SHI will host a Native Artist Market in November during Native American Heritage Month. The market is scheduled 5-9 pm, Friday, Nov. 5 at the Juneau Douglas High School. The market will coincide with Native dance performances also sponsored by the institute. There is no charge to reserve a table. Applications must be postmarked by Oct. 15. Artists who want to apply should contact Carmaleeda Estrada at carmaleeda.estrada@sealaska.com or 586-9280. (Application)

Guitar jam session draws crowd!
SHI in August held a celebration of Native guitar players, including old timers Betty Marvin, Cyril George, Arnold Haube, Andy Cadiente, Ben Quick, and George and Velma Paul plus new talent Rick Huteson. The event drew a crowd of about eighty people to the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. (Photos) (Blog & Photos by Clarissa Rizal)

Visiting Scholar doing research on button blankets at SHI
SHI Visiting Scholar, Fiona McDonald, is conducting a research project in which she will investigate how button blankets are made, how they are used today, and how they become at.óow. She will interview and record and/or film button blanket markers and those who receive the blankets. She will provide those she will interview the questions she will ask one week in advance of the scheduled interview. We think this is an important project that will record the continuing importance of button blankets. If you are interested in being interviewed or know of someone who could make a contribution to this project, please contact her at fiona.mcdonald@sealaska.com. Copies of the recordings will be held in SHI Archives and available for educational purposes. Fiona will also make her written work available to SHI.   

SHI sponsors annual Latseen Leadership Camp
SHI in July sponsored its annual Latseen Leadership Camp in Juneau. This year, it was held out the road at the Boy Scout Camp. Fifty students from across Southeast Alaska participated. It included many activities, including Tlingit and Haida language lessons, drum making, spruce root weaving and subsistence activities. The camp was held for kids in grades 7-9 and was designed to provide engaging culturally-based education and activities for youth in support of their future academic and personal success. The program was supported by a grant from the Alaska Native Education Program (ANEP). (Photos)

Celebration 2012 dates announced
SHI will sponsor the next Celebration June 6-9, 2012 in Juneau. Hotels sometimes fill up soon after this date is released, so SHI encourages people to book rooms early.

Hydaburg basketball camp draws twenty-five students
SHI's Latseen Hoop Camp in Hydaburg drew twenty-five students. The camp was held in July for students in grades 2-12. The camps are designed to teach Native languages through a fun activity--basketball! The coaches included Carmaleeda Estrada and Ben Young. Ben also taught the language segments. Linda Schrack and her daughter, Starla, also helped with the language component. The program was supported by the American Association on Indian Affairs, and Sealaska Corporation.

Hoonah basketball camp draws eighteen students
SHI's Latseen Hoop Camp in Hoonah drew eighteen students. The camp was held in July for students in grades 2-12. The camps are designed to teach Native languages through a fun activity--basketball! The coaches included Carmaleeda Estrada, Mischa Plunkett and Joshua Jackson. Jessica Chester was the language instructor. The program was supported by the American Association on Indian Affairs, and Sealaska Corporation.

Angoon basketball camp draws record number
SHI's second Latseen Hoop Camp in Angoon drew thirty-seven students--a record for the program. The camp was held in June for students in grades 2-12. The camps are designed to teach Native languages through a fun activity--basketball! The camp received a large amount of community support with the school providing lunches, supplies and staff time. The coaches included Carmaleeda Estrada, Mischa Plunkett, Ralph Wolfe and Joshua Jackson. Jessica Chester was the language instructor. The program was supported by the American Association on Indian Affairs, and Sealaska Corporation.

Lecture by Robert Davidson now available online
Robert Davidson's lecture drew a huge crowd at Celebration 2010 and some people weren't able to get in. You can now watch it online! Robert Davidson is an internationally-acclaimed Haida artist and one of Canada's most respected and important contemporary artists. His lecture--Being Successful is no Accident: The Business of Art--is not only for artists. In his talk, he incorporates important life lessons that can be appreciated by people from all walks of life. (Robert Davidson's Lecture) (Video Library)

Dr. Brian Kemp giving talk at Celebration 2010. Photo by Brian WallaceLecture by Dr. Brian Kemp now available online
If you missed Dr. Brian Kemp's lecture on DNA samples collected during Celebration 2008, you can now watch his talk in its entirety online. Dr. Kemp summarized his findings at Celebration 2010 in a talk sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute. Researchers screened participants' mitochondrial DNA for the genetic markers that define haplogroups A, B, C, and D--if you participated in the study, click here to view your results. The results from the first phase of the study were released in December 2008. Kemp's lecture in June emphasized the second phase of the study, which focused on genetic variation among Alaska’s Natives and other indigenous populations, genetic continuity of populations in Alaska and their relationships to other indigenous populations, and reconstruction of population history.(Dr. Kemp's Lecture) (Video Library)

Digital Cultural Objects Collection
This link routes researchers to a selection of online photographs showing the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian art held by SHI Special Collections. SHI’s cultural objects collection contains materials of various genres and of a wide date range, from ancient stone items to modern art created by practicing Native artists. This web album will continue to grow as materials are added by Special Collections staff. (Cultural Objects Collection)

Sealaska Corporation buys land for cultural center
Center slated for downtown site razed by 2004 fire
Sealaska Corporation has purchased a downtown lot and plans to donate the site to the nonprofit Sealaska Heritage Institute for a planned Southeast Alaska Native Cultural and Visitors Center. The lot, known locally as "the pit", was the former site of the Skinner Building, which was destroyed by fire in 2004. The property, located across the street from Sealaska’s headquarters, was purchased from a private owner and will be turned over to the institute for a cultural center...(more)

Historical audio recordings donated to SHI
A public radio station has donated to Sealaska Heritage Institute a major collection of audio recordings that include a treasure trove of interviews with notable Elders, clan leaders and other Native people. The collection includes approximately 350 recordings made for the award-winning program Southeast Native Radio, which was broadcast by KTOO-FM in Juneau from 1985 to 2001...(more)



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