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SHI's 2009 annual report available
SHI''s annual report shows highlights of accomplishments in 2009. It includes lots of photos and features graphics of core cultural values made by Robert Davis Hoffmann. View a pdf version of its 2009 annual report or, to request a hardcopy, contact Kathy Dye, kathy.dye@sealaska.com. Check out the video too! (Video)

SHI Accepting Applications for Latseen Leadership Camp
SHI is accepting applications for its annual Latseen Leadership Camp in Juneau. This year's camp is for incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students who are Sealaska shareholders or shareholder descendants. Camp is July 18-24. Application deadline is June 28.

Miss Dr. Brian Kemp's lecture on his DNA study at Celebration?
Link to his powerpoint presentation is now posted here.

Winners of soapberry, seaweed contests announced
Two people have taken top prizes for traditional-food contests at Celebration 2010. Ivan David Williams of Angoon won first place in the biennial black seaweed contest. Doris McLean of Yukon, Whitehorse, took first place in the institute’s second soapberry contest. McLean collected the berries last fall and preserved them over the winter to compete in the contest. “I cooked them and jarred them and put them away for this,” McLean said. “I’m just beating it with sugar and water and smashing it up and putting a little other juices in there.”...(more) (Video)

Winners of Juried Art Competition Announced
Seven artists have taken top awards at the fifth Sealaska Juried Art Competition in Juneau for best contemporary and traditional Native art. The winners, chosen by juror David Boxley, an internationally recognized Northwest Coast Native artist, are...(more) (Watch Video)

Photo by Bill HessCelebration 2010 to kick off next week
SHI will kick off its biennial Celebration next week, marking the 28th year since the inception of the popular dance-and-culture festival. The institute anticipates up to roughly 5,000 people, including 51 dance groups and more than 2,000 dancers from Alaska, Canada and the Lower 48, will attend Celebration 2010, held in Juneau at Centennial Hall, the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, and the Juneau Arts and Culture Center...(more)
(Radio Actualities) (Schedule) (News Article)

Juried Art Show, 2008. Photo by Brian WallaceWinners of Juried Art Competition to be announced
SHI will open its fourth Juried Art Show on Wednesday and announce winners of its biennial Native art competition. SHI received applications from 33 Native artists who submitted 69 pieces for consideration. Forty-two pieces by 27 artists were chosen for inclusion in the show. The awards ceremony is scheduled 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Wednesday, June 2, at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The show will run through June 27.
The winning artists will attend the reception to meet the public and to talk about their art, some of which is for sale. The winners were chosen by David Boxley, an internationally recognized Northwest Coast Native artist who competed in two of the institute’s previous juried art competitions and was awarded best of show and two first place prizes...(more)

Register for the ST.A.R. program
It’s time to register for Perseverance Theatre’s Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous! Work with local and out-of-town professional directors and designers on one of three exciting shows. Rehearsals and classes begin July 12. This five-week program is perfect for students who are excited about theatre and performance. As a theatre training program, STAR is also a great opportunity for young people with little to no experience. In addition to rehearsals, students will participate in daily workshops on voice, movement and acting technique. Students ages 10-18 will perform one of three tales: the classic musical The Wizard of Oz; One Hundred Thousand Drops of Rain, a new play based on the Tlingit stories about Shamanism; or The Hobbit. STAR runs July 12 through August 15. Tuition is $400. Scholarships for Alaska Native students are available through Sealaska Heritage Institute. Call today to sign up, or for more details, contact Shona Strauser at 364-2421 ext. 232. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up soon!

SHI to hold Native Artist Gathering
SHI will hold a Native Artist Gathering for Native artists right before Celebration. The gathering will be an informal meeting where Native artists can meet each other and talk about art. The gathering is scheduled 2:30, June 2, at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center (formerly known as the Armory). Refreshments provided. It will be followed by a Juried Art Show awards ceremony at 4:30. For more information contact Carmaleeda Estrada at 907-586-9280 or carmaleeda.estrada@sealaska.com

Joe opening at SHI
Sealaska Heritage Institute is recruiting for a Retail Sales Associate to promote sales of authentic Native arts at SHI's retail store, Jinéit...(more)

SHI releases landmark dictionaries for Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian
First-Ever Alaskan Haida Phrasebook Also Released
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has published a new series of learners’ dictionaries for the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian languages and the first-ever Alaskan Haida phrasebook. The dictionaries are the product of years of documentation with assistance from Elders fluent in Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. The phrasebook was written by Dr. Erma Lawrence, one of the few remaining fluent speakers of Alaskan Haida. “We’ve been working on language restoration for nearly 10 to 12 years, and I would say for a greater part of this we’ve been working on these dictionaries. So, they’re pretty broad in scope, and to have three of them released all at the same time I think is fairly significant,” said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more) (News Article)

Three-day passes now available
Celebration 2010 3-day passes are available for purchase at the institute's Juneau office in Sealaska Plaza, Suite 301. $30; Elders and Youth (12 and under) $15. For more information contact Sarah Dybdahl at sarah.dybdahl@sealaska.com or 586-9234.

Celebration 2010 schedule now online
(Schedule)

Entry forms available for soapberry, seaweed contests
Entry forms are available for the soapberry contest and the seaweed contest, which will be held during Celebration 2010. (Seaweed Entry Form & Rules) (Soapberry Entry Form & Rules)

"All Things Eagle and Raven" exhibit opens
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will open its summer exhibit, "All Things Eagle & Raven," on Juneau Museum Day, May 15 with a free public reception from noon to 5 p.m. This exhibit is a celebration of these two birds and their connection to our lives...A life-size replica of an eagle and raven's nest will be on exhibit with information about mating, nesting and parenting habits. Eagle and Raven Tlingit phrases supplied by Sealaska Heritage Institute will also be displayed...(more)

Get Celebration updates via twitter!
Follow us on twitter to get real-time announcements about Celebration 2010 (link)

New art posted on AlaskaNativeArtists.com
SHI has posted a Thunderbird Bear totem by Leo Marks on its art web www.alaskanativeartists.com. The totem is carved in yellow cedar in the Marks family style. Sealaska Heritage Institute operates the site to give Native artists a virtual venue for their work and to guarantee buyers are getting authentic Native art. For more information about the art web, contact Donald Gregory at donald.gregory@sealaska.com or 907-463-4844.

Sealaska Heritage recruiting Celebration 2010 volunteers
Sealaska Heritage Institute will hold a meeting to recruit volunteers for Celebration 2010. The meeting is scheduled 5 pm to 7 pm, Thursday, May 13, at Centennial Hall, Egan Room. The institute needs 200 volunteers for the three-day event. People who volunteer at least four hours get a free one-day pass to Celebration.
For more information contact Liz at 586-9264 or elizabeth.perry@sealaska.com

SHI sponsors Native culture classes for tour operators
SHI Tlingit Language Specialist Linda Belarde is giving classes to tour operators to familiarize them with Native cultures of Southeast Alaska. Linda's class--"Contemporary Expressions of Traditional Tlingit Culture"--provides general information about Tlingit and Haida people today. The course is offered through the City Museum's Tour Guide Information program. Anyone interested in this type of service should contact Linda at linda.belarde@sealaska.com (services provided as resources allow).

Hoonah teacher Daphne Wright (left) holds a Tlingit Verb Dictionary presented by SHI Tlingit Language Specialist Linda BelardeSHI donates Tlingit verb books to Hoonah
Sealaska Heritage Institute has donated three dozen Tlingit Verb Dictionary books to Hoonah City Schools. The donation was made because the students and staff in Hoonah have been leaders over the years in learning the Tlingit language, said SHI President Rosita Worl.

Photo by Dixie HutchinsonEagle totem raised at UAS
The Eagle totem pole was raised at the University of Alaska Southeast on April 24, 2010 before an enormous crowd. The Eagle totem was carved by Joe and T.J. Nelson to balance the Raven totem raised on campus in 1993. In 2009, Sealaska donated a 45-foot cedar log for the project, which was managed by Sealaska Heritage Institute. The Native student group Wooch.éen worked with Elders of the Aak’w Kwáan to identify the Eagle clan crests to be featured on the totem. They wanted to give special recognition to the Wooshkeetaan, an Eagle clan from the Juneau area. The pole features Eagle to represent all Eagle clans plus Shark, Wolf and Thunderbird, with Shark representing the Wooshkeetaan. (News Article) (Slideshow) (Press Release) (Video)

Sealaska Heritage Institute Awards $356,000 in Scholarships
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has awarded approximately $356,000 in scholarships to Sealaska shareholders and descendants. The awards, funded by Sealaska Corporation, will help students pursuing graduate and undergraduate degrees and voc-tech training for the 2010-2011 school year. A portion also will fund heritage studies, language studies and culture camps. The scholarships for university and voc-tech studies went to 386 Alaska Natives, said Rosita Worl, president of SHI, which administers the scholarship program for Sealaska...(more) (News Article)

Job openings at Sealaska Heritage Institute
SHI is recruiting for an education director, a curriculum specialist and an archival assistant...(more)

Looking for a hotel room for Celebration week?
The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau is keeping a log of hotel and B&B rooms that are available during the week of Celebration. For information on accommodations, contact the JCVB at 586-2201 or info@traveljuneau.com.

Most results from DNA testing available online
Washington State University has screened most DNA samples collected from people at Celebration 2008 and posted their findings online. 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. Lead researcher Dr. Brian Kemp will present a summary of his findings at Celebration 2010 with an emphasis on 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.

Sealaska Heritage recruiting Celebration 2010 volunteers
Sealaska Heritage Institute will hold its first meeting to recruit volunteers for Celebration 2010. The institute needs 200 volunteers for the three-day event. The meeting is 5 pm to 7 pm, Friday, April 23 at Centennial Hall, Egan Room. People who volunteer at least four hours get a free one-day pass to Celebration, which is scheduled June 3-5. For more information contact Liz at 586-9264 or elizabeth.perry@sealaska.com

Eagle totem to be raised at University of Alaska Southeast
Eagle to balance Raven totem
An Eagle totem pole will be raised at the University of Alaska Southeast this month, bringing an end to a quest to balance an existing Raven pole on campus. The Eagle will bring social and spiritual harmony to the Juneau campus, said SHI President Rosita Worl, noting in Tlingit society, people belong to either the Eagle or Raven moiety, and in ceremonies and at secular events both moieties are represented for balance. “I think it’s going to be very exciting for Juneau--I hope all of Juneau will come out to see the ceremony when the pole is raised,” said Worl, adding the Native words for balance are Wooch Yax (Tlingit),  Íitl’ Tlagáa (Haida), and Na Yuubm (Tsimshian or Shm’algyack, as the Tsimshian language is called)...(more) (Radio Actualities) (Video) (Photos)

Old Tlingit tool donated to Sealaska Heritage Institute
Piece may have been used to split wood
A Juneau woman has donated a rare Tlingit tool that may be several thousand years old to Sealaska Heritage Institute. The donor, who asked to remain anonymous, donated it this week to the institute, which operates a Special Collections Research Center for archives and ethnographic collections. Archivist Zachary Jones was amazed when he first saw the piece. "I thought 'this piece is fantastic--really a beautiful work of Tlingit craftsmanship,'"...(more) (Video)

Old audio and visual recordings digitized
Change means public can now view and listen to recordings
Sealaska Heritage Institute has transferred forty audio and visual recordings dating to between 1965 and 1975 to CD and DVD. The change means the public may now peruse the recordings, which had previously been off limits due to their obsolete format. “Since we’ve been able to reformat them and make them available in DVD or CD, it makes them accessible for the public,” said Zachary Jones, archivist at the institute’s Special Collections Research Center. “People can now learn from these and use them, and they can be great educational tools"...(more) (Video Excerpt)

Wooden warrior's helmet. Photo by Brian WallaceThirty-three cultural objects repatriated
Sealaska Corporation has repatriated thirty-three cultural objects from a Massachusetts museum on behalf of Tlingit clans in Southeast Alaska. Most of the objects were repatriated on behalf of the Yakutat Tlingit and title will be officially transferred to them at a future ceremony, said Rosita Worl, president of Sealaska Heritage Institute and an anthropologist who assisted in the repatriation. The collection underscores the creativity and talent of our ancestors, Worl said. “I mean the pieces are extraordinary,” Worl said. “It demonstrates the sophistication and the uniqueness of our art--but more than that--really the cultural values that gave rise to this artistic tradition"...(more) (News Article)

SHI Trustees, Dauenhauer Make Alaska Women's Hall of Fame
SHI Trustees Ethel Lund and Marlene Johnson were inducted into the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame in March. The accomplished author, poet and Tlingit scholar Nora Dauenhauer also was among those inducted, as was Native leader Georgianna Lincoln, a former state senator. Congratulations!

Are You Ready for a Throwdown?
Sealaska Heritage will hold contests for best soapberries and black seaweed during Celebration 2010. Materials must be gathered and prepared by participants. Prizes will be awarded for the top three ($500; $250; and $100). For more information contact Linda Belarde, 907-586-9187, linda.belarde@sealaska.com

SHI Recruiting Celebration Volunteers
Sealaska Heritage is recruiting volunteers for Celebration 2010. We have openings at all venues. To volunteer, contact Liz Perry at 907-586-9264, elizabeth.perry@sealaska.com or attend a recruitment scheduled 5-7pm Friday, April 23, at Centennial Hall, Egan Room. We rely on volunteers to help make Celebration happen! People who donate four hours will earn a free one-day pass! (Last day to sign up to be recognized in the Celebration program is May 20).

Celebration 2010 Deadlines Approaching
Approaching deadlines for Celebration 2010 are as follows: Dance group applications are due by March 26; Juried Art Show and Competition applications are due by March 31; and, Toddler Regalia Review applications are due by May 14. For more information, contact Sarah Dybdahl at sarah.dybdahl@sealaska.com or 907-586-9234.

New Online Verb Resource Now Available
A new searchable, online Tlingit verb database is now available. The database features more than 575 Tlingit verbs and is proving to be an invaluable tool for students of the Tlingit language. The project was initiated by Richard and Nora Dauenhauer in the 1990s. In recent years, it was further developed by linguist Keri Edwards through Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. Edwards was assisted by numerous fluent speakers (see Acknowledgements). The project was funded through grants from the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Administration for Native Americans. A link to the database is available in SHI's Language Resources section. (Tlingit Verb Tool)

From left: ANS Grand President Micalyne Kunz-McGhee, Sen. Linda Menard, and SHI President Rosita WorlFor the Rights of All Screened at Capitol
SHI President Rosita Worl spoke at a screening of For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska at the state capitol. The screening was hosted by Sen. Linda Menard and organized by Nancy Barnes, SHI trustee. This video reveals one of the great, untold chapters of the American civil rights movement -- when Alaska Natives peacefully won a civil rights bill decades before the issue became a violent focal point in the rest of nation. The video, released in 2009, highlights activists, such as Elizabeth Peratrovich, William Paul, Sr., and Alberta Schenck Adams, who in 1944 stood her ground in a theater years before Rosa Parks refused to leave a bus.

Students Complete Native Art Class
Students at Juneau Douglas High School completed a Native art course taught by SHI's Donald Gregory. The students carved dance paddles as part of the program, offered through Choosing Healthy Options in Cooperative Education (CHOICE). It was the six year SHI has taught students enrolled in CHOICE. Students presented their carvings in February to other CHOICE students.

A look back to the early 1900s
SHI has posted a Certificate of Citizenship for John M. Tlunaut which shows the lengths to which Native people had to go to gain citizenship in the early 1900s. In the document, Tlunaut attests to his abandonment of tribal practices and relationships and adoption of civilized life. Additionally, five non-Natives had to affirm he had given up tribal customs and relations and qualified for the rights of citizenship. Ironically, he is the grandfather of Rosita Worl, president of SHI, whose mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures. (Certificate of Citizenship)
 

Relive the Raven Spirit Canoe Project
The Smithsonian Institution has posted edited video of the Raven Spirit canoe project. It includes programs of the tree ceremony, carver Doug Chilton working on the canoe and the official launch on the Potomac River in 2008. SHI partnered with the Smithsonian to create the canoe, which is on permanent display at the museum's new Ocean Hall in Washington, D.C. (Photos) (Blog)

Job Opening
SHI is recruiting for a Administrative Assistant for the Education Department. This position will perform varied data entry, correspondence, receptionist and support duties...(more)

SHI releases unique carving book series to perpetuate Native art
Artist Richard Beasley reveals how to carve a Tlingit tray, hat and mask
SHI has released a series of books that reveal how to carve Tlingit objects in its ongoing effort to perpetuate Native art forms.The Tlingit Wood Carving series includes three volumes: How to Carve a Tlingit Tray; How to Carve a Tlingit Hat; and How to Carve a Tlingit Mask. The books, written by the accomplished Tlingit artist Richard A. Beasley, also include projects that show how to make Tlingit paint and paintbrushes and how to inlay operculum and abalone.The books are unique because the projects are broken down into detailed steps and each step includes a color photo, said SHI President Rosita Worl, noting the series will be invaluable to students who don’t have access to a teacher...(more) (News Article)

Art Applications Now Available
Applications for the 2010 Juried Art Show and Competition and the Native Artist Market are available online. Both events will be held during Celebration 2010.

SHI Accepting Applications for College, Voc-Tech Scholarships
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 school year. Scholarship awards will be made to Sealaska shareholders and descendants enrolled in accredited college, university and voc-tech schools. The deadline is March 1...(more) (Applications)

SHI releases book series on language development
Staff to hold training sessions around Southeast
SHI has released a series of books to help students overcome a common problem in schools today: a delay in academic language development. The series includes books on science, math and literature for high school students, plus books on Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian for all grades. The books outline a method called the Developmental Language Process, which was pioneered by SHI Education Director Jim MacDiarmid, a longtime educator in Canada and Alaska and author of Replacing Thinga-ma-jig: the Developmental Language Process...(more) (Radio Actualities) (News Article) (Listen to a Radio Story)

Job Opening at SHI
SHI is recruiting for a Curriculum Specialist. The 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...(more)

Celebration 2010 dance group application now available
Application deadline March 26, 2010. Invitation notifications will be sent by April 5, 2010. (Application)

"For the Rights of All" now available (limited supply)
The DVD "For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska" is now available through SHI. This video reveals one of the great, untold chapters of the American civil rights movement -- when Alaska Natives peacefully won a civil rights bill decades before the issue became a violent focal point in the rest of nation. The video highlights activists, such as Elizabeth Peratrovich, William Paul, Sr., and Alberta Schenck Adams, who in 1944 stood her ground in a theater years before Rosa Parks refused to leave a bus...(more) $30.00  (
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SHI encouraging donations of old documents
The SHI Special Collections library and archive is working to collect historical records through donation that document Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian history and culture. SHI is looking for old diaries, correspondence, and organizational records, such as Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood minutes and resolutions. At a recent lecture on Native history held in the Sealaska building for Native American History month, presenter Jeane Breinig, who is also a SHI Trustee, discussed the need for certain groups to ensure that their historical records are preserved and made available to researchers to further education. Breinig had recently conducted research on Native views of statehood at SHI and elsewhere, but had largely been unable to find substantial Alaska Native Sisterhood (ANS) historical records for her research, and she encouraged individuals to make an effort to ensure that ANS and other records are preserved. If you are interested in helping SHI Special Collections obtain additional historical records that document the Tlingit, Haida, or Tsimshian or are willing to donate old records in your possession, please contact SHI’s archivist at 907-723-4076 or at
archivist@sealaska.com.

Christmas Sale!
SHI is having a Christmas sale on the following items:
     Chilkat denim jackets: $25
     Kusteeyi denim shirts: $5 (long sleeve) (short sleeve)
     Sweatshirts: $20 (adult), $10 (youth)
     Celebration panoramic photos:$5 (any year)
     Celebration: Dancing on the Land book: buy one, get second 50% off

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Ethel Lund and Selina Everson give a lecture on the Alaska Native Sisterhood, Nov. 24, 2009Everson, Lund to speak about Alaska Native Sisterhood
Selina Everson and Ethel Lund will give a joint lecture on Monday, Nov. 30, on the Alaska Native Sisterhood (ANS). The talk is part of a brown-bag lecture series sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute to celebrate Native American Month. Everson serves on the executive committee of the ANS and has a long history of public service, especially in Juneau schools, where she is known as Grandma Selena. Lund also serves on the ANS executive committee and is visionary in the field of Native health care. The lecture is scheduled from noon-1 pm in the 4th floor boardroom in the Sealaska building in Juneau. It’s open to the public and free of charge. (Lecture Series Schedule)

Dauenhauers to Speak About Russians in Tlingit America
Richard and Nora Marks Dauenhauer will give a lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 24, on relations between Russians and Tlingit from the 1790s through 1818, an era when Russians expanded into Southeast Alaska to take control of the Northwest Coast fur trade. The talk is part of a brown-bag lecture series sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute to celebrate Native American Month. The Dauenhauers have written numerous award-winning books on Native culture and history, including Anóoshi Lingít Aaní Ká: Russians in Tlingit America, The Battles of Sitka 1802 and 1804, winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. The lecture is scheduled from noon-1 pm in the 4th floor boardroom in the Sealaska building in Juneau. It’s open to the public and free of charge. (Lecture Series Schedule) (Watch Video)

Dr. Walter A. Soboleff speaks during Celebration 2008 at Centennial Hall. Brian Wallace / Juneau EmpireCelebrating 101 Years
Tlingit elder's wishlist includes world peace and the wild game stews of his youth
Walter Soboleff has done a lot in his 100-plus years on Earth, but his family's gift of a cruise through the Panama Canal is something new. "I've never been on a vacation cruise," Soboleff said last week before leaving town for the trip. "Never out on the ocean in warm weather. I think I will just be taking a rest, seeing the canal and the gates open and the ships passing through. I know I will be leaving my wool shirt at home."...(more) (Radio Story)

 

Author to Speak About Early Encounters
Daniel Lee Henry will give a lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 17, on nineteenth century encounters between Natives and non-Natives in Chilkat country. The talk is part of a brown-bag lecture series sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute to celebrate Native American Month. Henry is an award-winning author, teacher and journalist based in the Haines area. He has recorded numerous oral histories of Chilkat/Chilkoot Tlingit Elders and is currently working on a rhetorical history of land use confrontation in the communities of the Northern Lynn Canal. The lecture is scheduled from noon-1 pm in the 4th floor boardroom in the Sealaska building in Juneau. It’s open to the public and free of charge. (Lecture Series Schedule) (Watch Video)

SHI Sponsors Video Workshop
SHI sponsored a workshop on language documentation and videography in November. The class was taught by award-winning Haida cameraman and teacher Frederick Olsen. The three-day workshop included instruction on camera operation, lighting concepts, interview setups and audio troubleshooting.

Linguist to Speak About Origins of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Languages
Dr. Jordan Lachler will give a lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 10, on Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian linguistic origins and relationships. The talk is part of a brown-bag lecture series sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute to celebrate Native American Month. Lachler is a linguist at Sealaska Heritage Institute who specializes in Haida. He is the editor of an upcoming Haida dictionary and phrasebook to be published by Sealaska Heritage Institute. The lecture is scheduled from noon-1 pm in the 4th floor boardroom in the Sealaska building in Juneau. It’s open to the public and free of charge. (Lecture Series Schedule) (Watch Video)

For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska on Public TV
Alaska public television will broadcast the new documentary about the Alaska Native rights movement Tuesday, Nov. 3, statewide. According to the Anchorage Daily News, it will air at 6 pm on KYUK (Bethel) KTOO (Juneau), KMXT (Kodiak), and KUAC (Fairbanks). The documentary will appear on KAKM (Anchorage) on Dec. 1 at 8 pm.

Klas Stolpe / Juneau EmpireHaida Educator to Speak About Native Perspectives on Statehood
Haida educator Jeane Breinig will give a lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 4, on Southeast Native perspectives on statehood. The talk is part of a brown-bag lecture series sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute to celebrate Native American Month. Breinig is an associate professor of English at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her teaching and research areas include American Indian and Alaska Native literature, American literature, and American ethnic literature. She is Haida, originally from Kasaan, TáasLáanas, Raven Brown Bear. The lecture is scheduled from noon-1 pm in the 4th floor boardroom in the Sealaska building in Juneau. It’s open to the public and free of charge. (Lecture Series Schedule) (News Article) (Watch Video)

Tlingit Leader Byron Mallott to Speak About ANCSA, Native Corporations

Tlingit leader Byron Mallott will give a lecture on Monday, Nov. 2, on the Native corporations formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The lecture will focus on efforts by Alaska Natives to transform the corporations into Native institutions in the face of Congress’ competing intent to assimilate Native people economically through profit-making corporations. The talk is part of a brown-bag lecture series sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute to celebration Native American Month. The lecture is scheduled from noon-1 pm in the 4th floor boardroom in the Sealaska building. It’s open to the public and free of charge. (Lecture Series Schedule) (Watch Video)

SHI to Sponsor Lecture Series for Native American Month
SHI will sponsor a noon lecture series in November to celebrate Native American Month. The brown-bag lunch series will focus on topics such as Native history and languages, Native art and the statehood movement. “Native people have such a rich history in Alaska, but much of it is not taught in schools,” said SHI President Rosita Worl. “We hope to highlight our history in November in honor of Native American Month"...(more) (Schedule)

New Display Showcases SHI Collections
SHI has installed a new display case in its public reading room to showcase the institute's collections. The case, purchased through a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation, currently features a small display on the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood. Inside the case is an original ANB Camp 2 meeting minutes ledger dating from 1935-1945, William L. Paul Sr.'s original ANB cap, a letter by Elizabeth Peratrovich and two rare books on the ANB and ANS. Read more at a blog written by SHI Archivist Zachary Jones.

Discount on Airfare Available for Celebration
SHI has set up a convention rate for people traveling on Alaska Airlines to Celebration 2010. The rate gives a 5 percent discount for those traveling between May 31-June 8. It applies to travel between Juneau and any U.S. or Canadian city. The code is ECCMB1204 and will be available to use online by the week of Oct. 12. (www.alaskaair.com)

Workshop instructor Frederick Otilius OlsenSHI, UAS Sponsor Video Workshop
SHI and the University of Alaska Southeast will sponsor a workshop on language documentation and videography 9 am-5 pm, Nov. 9-11. Frederick Otilius Olsen, an award-winning Haida cameraman and teacher, will be the instructor. The workshop will be hands on and limited to twenty people. For more information contact Linda Belarde at linda.belarde@sealaska.com. (Flyer)
 

Photo taken by Richard Dauenhauer in 1980 at a Chilkoot koo.éex' (a memorial ceremony held in Haines, Alaska)SHI Says Goodbye to John Marks
Fluent Tlingit speaker John Marks passed away on Monday, Sept 28. “Our beloved Johnny has Walked into the Forest,” said SHI President Rosita Worl. Johnny had a deep knowledge of traditional culture, especially songs and names, and he was an integral part of the institute’s efforts to document and revitalize the Tlingit language. He has assisted linguists, researchers, and language students for years, and many of the Tlingit materials and language tools produced by the institute feature recordings of Johnny saying words and phrases. He also transcribed songs and translated Macbeth into Tlingit. Kooteixtéek was of the Lukaax.ádi Clan and was a child of the Chookaneidí.

Worl Gives Overview of ANCSA to U.S. Senate
SHI President Rosita Worl gave an overview of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to U.S. Senate staff in September 2009. The presentation is a powerpoint and has a lot of historic information about the settlement. (presentation) (3 MB)

SHI Acquires Audio Recordings of Tlingit and Haida Histories
SHI has acquired three audio recordings of Tlingit and Haida stories and histories. The recordings were made by Wallace Olson, UAS emeritus anthropology instructor and author of numerous books about Alaska. Two of the cassettes had recordings of stories about Glacier Bay told by Tlingit Walter Williams of Juneau. A third cassette had a recording of Haida history told by David and Annabell Peele of Ketchikan. For more information, see a blog by SHI Archivist Zach Jones...(more)

SHI Wraps 2009 Basketball Camps
SHI held its last basketball camp in Juneau Aug. 21, 2009. The institute sponsored free basketball camps in Juneau, Kake and Yakutat this year for kids in grades 2 to 12. The Latseen Hoop Camps are open to all 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 camps drew an average of 24 kids in Yakutat, 30 kids in Kake, and 20 younger kids
and 22 older kids in Juneau.  (Photos)

Cast of Kóoshdaa kaa Takes Final Bow
The cast of Kóoshdaa kaa took a final bow on Saturday, August 15, ending a summer run of the play, which was based on a Native story. The original theater piece was commissioned by the Sealaska Heritage institute in partnership with Perseverance Theatre. Sealaska has commissioned and funded a play for the past five years through the Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous (STAR) program. This year's story was chosen by Sealaska President Rosita Worl and is being written by Perseverance's Associate Managing Director Merry Ellefson...(more) (News Article) (STAR Web)

Totem Carvers Apply Final Touches, Paint to Eagle Pole
See new photos of brothers T.J. and Joe Young, who are carving an Eagle totem pole for the University of Alaska Southeast. The project is sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute and Sealaska Corporation, which donated the 15-ton, 45-foot, red-cedar log. The artists are Sealaska shareholders who live in Hydaburg on Prince of Wales Island. They have carved other totems, including a 40-foot pole for the Sitka National Historical Park and a 32-foot crest pole for the Hydaburg Totem Park...(more) (Photos)

A potato revival
Tuber cropping up in community gardens probably several hundred years old
A potato that Native Alaskan communities grew hundreds of years ago is making a reappearance in Juneau. The heirloom Tlingit potato takes almost too well to Southeast Alaska's moist climate, said Merrill Jensen, manager of the Jensen-Olson Arboretum. He expects as many as 1,500 pounds of the vegetable to be harvested next month from four rows of plants sprouting in the city-owned garden...(more) (Click here to hear the Tlingit word for potato and other items)

Carlos Boozer Basketball Camp in Juneau
Juneau's Carlos Boozer, famed Utah JAZZ player, is hosting a basketball camp in Juneau Aug. 3-7. He's offering 50 scholarships. The deadline to submit a scholarship application is Thursday, July 30. The scholarship covers the $150 fee. (Application) (Website)

Eagle Totem Almost Done
See new photos of brothers T.J. and Joe Young, who are carving an Eagle totem pole for the University of Alaska Southeast. The project is sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute and Sealaska Corporation, which donated the 15-ton, 45-foot, red-cedar log. The artists are Sealaska shareholders who live in Hydaburg on Prince of Wales Island. They have carved other totems, including a 40-foot pole for the Sitka National Historical Park and a 32-foot crest pole for the Hydaburg Totem Park...(more) (Photos)
 

SHI to Sponsor Free Basketball Camps in Juneau
SHI will sponsor free basketball camps in Juneau for kids in grades 2 to 12. The Latseen Hoop Camps will be held at DZ Middle School and are open to all 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. A camp for grades 2-6 will be held Aug. 10-14 in the afternoon, and a camp for grades 7-12 will be held Aug. 17-21 from 9 to 5. For more information, contact Mischa Plunkett at 586-9260.
(Flyer) (Application)

SHI Posts Guide on Genealogy Research
SHI gets many requests from people who want to trace their family roots. In July, the institute posted a guide on how to conduct such research and links to resources. The paper was compiled by SHI Summer Intern Whitney Schaeler, a Lower 48 college student who is donating her time.

Interior of Capt. Jake's house, Killisnoo, circa 1900Two Historical Photo Collections Acquired by SHI
SHI has acquired two photographs documenting Southeast Alaska Native cultures from circa 1883 to the 1990s.Longtime photojournalist Brian Wallace donated several hundred images, including photos of the founding fathers of the Alaska Native Brotherhood (circa 1912) and past Alaska Native Sisterhood presidents. He also donated several hundred images of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood taken from 1965 to 1995, with the majority taken by Wallace in the 1980s. He made the donation in memory of his late parents, Dorothy (Natstklaa) and Amos L. (Jeet Yaaw Dustaa) Wallace...(more) (Brian Wallace Collection) (Richard Wood Collection) (Radio Actualities) (News Article) (News Article)

Inland Tlingit Celebration to be held July 22-28
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TESLIN, Yukon - Just because there's no Celebration in Juneau this year doesn't mean there's no Celebration this year. The Teslin Tlingit Council is planning the first ever Ha Kus Teyea Celebration in the small community of Teslin, Yukon Territory, for July 22-28. "Has Kus Teyea" means "our culture" or "the Tlingit way." The event will be the largest Inland Tlingit gathering ever held in Canada...(more)

Eagle Totem Takes Shape
See new photos of brothers T.J. and Joe Young, who are carving an Eagle totem pole for the University of Alaska Southeast. The project is sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute and Sealaska Corporation, which donated the 15-ton, 45-foot, red-cedar log. The artists are Sealaska shareholders who live in Hydaburg on Prince of Wales Island. They have carved other totems, including a 40-foot pole for the Sitka National Historical Park and a 32-foot crest pole for the Hydaburg Totem Park...(more) (Photos)

Learn Tlingit Basketball Terms Interactively!
Click here to learn more than eighty Tlingit words and phrases related to basketball. These are phrases students will also learn at the Latseen Hoop Camps scheduled in Kake, Juneau and Yakutat in summer 2009. (Download Flash Player) (Flyer) (Application)

Transformation Masks Coloring Book Now Available
Transformation Masks coloring book is now available through SHI. The book by Pamela Huteson celebrates masks of both past and present, and honors the lives and dances of the indigenous people of the Northwest Coast. It features twenty-eight illustrations that include information about what is depicted in the designs...(more)

SHI Commissions Play for Summer Theater
"Kóoshdaa kaa" is an original theater piece commissioned by the Sealaska Heritage institute in partnership with Perseverance Theatre. Sealaska has commissioned and funded a play for the past five years through the Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous (STAR) program. This year's story was chosen by Sealaska President Rosita Worl and is being written by Perseverance's Associate Managing Director Merry Ellefson...(more) (News Article) (STAR Web)

SHI Job Opportunity
SHI is recruiting for a Finance Associate to assist in the Finance Department. This position will perform varied finance duties with minimum supervision...(more)

Unique Haida Curriculum Series Distributed
Series Includes Haida Audio CDs
SHI has produced a unique collection of Haida curriculum for distribution to schools with Haida language programs, in hopes of weaving more Native lessons into the public school system. The curriculum, a series of elementary-level, thematic units, features Haida language, culture and history...(more)
(Radio Actualities) (Online Version) (News Article) (News Article)

New Book Review on Celebration Book Published
Karen Duffek wrote a review for the University of British Columbia on SHI's photo book of Celebration. The review was written for BC Studies, The British Columbian Quarterly, spring 2009 edition. Celebration: Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian Dancing on the Land is on sale now for $20. (Read Review)

Photo: Uncovering an eagle
See a photo in the Juneau Empire of Joe Young and his brother TJ working on an Eagle totem pole at the University of Alaska Southeast. The project is sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute and Sealaska Corporation, which donated the 15-ton, 45-foot, red-cedar log. (News Photo) (more photos)

SHI Acquires Rare Books About Southeast Native Cultures
SHI Archivist Zachary Jones wrote a blog this week about some of the rare, old books the institute has acquired. Some of them were written and illustrated by tourists in the 1800s, when it was common for visitors to publish their travel accounts as books. Some of the books also include old photos taken in Southeast Alaska. The oldest dates to 1798. Zachary notes in his blog that he also looks for books in European languages since "Europeans visited Alaska regularly before and after it became an American territory. Often these non-English language books go unstudied, but a careful observation shows that they can yield interesting information for those not fluent in European languages." Check out his blog for more information and to see photos! (blog)

Carvers Begin Work on Eagle Totem!
Brothers T.J. and Joe Young are in Juneau carving an Eagle totem pole for the University of Alaska Southeast. The project is sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute and Sealaska Corporation, which donated the 15-ton, 45-foot, red-cedar log. The artists are Sealaska shareholders who live in Hydaburg on Prince of Wales Island. They have carved other totems, including a 40-foot pole for the Sitka National Historical Park and a 32-foot crest pole for the Hydaburg Totem Park...(more) (Photos)

Application for 2009 Latseen Hoop Camps Available
SHI is accepting applications for its 2009 Latseen Hoop Camps. The program is designed to integrate the Tlingit language into an intensive week of basketball camp. It's a fun and supportive learning environment where students can participate in a basketball camp that emphasizes fundamental skills, language acquisition, character development, teamwork, and cultural heritage. (Flyer) (Application)

SHI Acquires Old Photos of Cape Fox Village, Capt. Jack's House
SHI has obtained two historical photos of Cape Fox Village circa 1899 and another of a scene at Killisnoo, circa 1900. The Cape Fox photo (right) was likely from the Harriman Expedition in 1899. The second image shows an interior view "Capt. Jack's" house at Killisnoo. Kitcheenault or Kichnaalx was Jake's Tlingit name. He was from the Deisheetaan Clan of Angoon...(more)

Juneau School Students Learn About Ku.éex
SHI in May sponsored a ku.éex at Glacier Valley Elementary School. The event is spearheaded by semi-fluent Tlingit speaker Hans Chester, a teacher at the school. The goal is to teach Native and non-Native students about some of the events that take place at formal ku.éex (a ceremony sometimes called a potlatch). Nearly 90 children participated, including students from Harborview Elementary.

A delegation from Teslin met with representatives from SHI in 2008 to learn more about how the Juneau Celebration is organizedCanadian Tlingits to Sponsor Their Own Celebration!
The Teslin Tlingit Council is sponsoring its first Celebration in 2009. Ha Kus Teyea Celebration, Part of the Land, Part of the Water is set for July 22-28 in Teslin. They were inspired by the biennial Celebration organized by Sealaska Heritage Institute, and a delegation from Teslin met with representatives from SHI in 2008 to learn more about how the Juneau Celebration is organized. The Teslin event will be similar to the Alaska festival and offer ceremonies, language nests, traditional harvests, an artists' market and a juried art show. Check out their website to learn more! (Website) (News Release)

SHI Participates in Field Trip to Glacier Bay
SHI participated in a field trip to Glacier Bay designed to give Hoonah students a first-hand look at their ancestral home. SHI's Tlingit Language Specialist Linda Belarde introduced the institute's language and education resources to the students and community members. Many of these language resources are available online. The field trip, known as "Bridging the Knowledge Gap Between Huna Tlingit Elders and Youth," was sponsored by Huna Heritage Foundation and Hoonah City Schools. (Photos)

Photos of Log Delivery and Acceptance Ceremony Posted Online
See photos of Tee Harbor Construction delivering a 45-foot, 15-ton log to the University of Alaska Southeast for an Eagle Totem. Delivery is followed by an acceptance ceremony organized by Wooch.een, a Native student club on campus. The log will be carved into an Eagle totem pole, which was commissioned to balance the Raven totem pole already on campus...(more about this project)

SHI Education Director Jim MacDiarmid teaching a segment of the Ketchikan workshopSHI, KIC Sponsor Language Workshop
SHI and Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) sponsored a workshop for language teachers and curriculum developers in Ketchikan. Almost 30 people from Ketchikan, Saxman, Hydaburg and Metlakatla participated. The workshop introduced participants to both long and short term planning for second-language teaching.  Practical, hands-on activities based on a developmental language process were also introduced. The training included language teaching for kindergarten through high school grades and presented a format for using already developed classroom materials. 

Artists Chosen to Carve Eagle Totem Pole for SHI, University
Ceremonial Acceptance of the Log Scheduled Thursday at UAS
Artists Joe and TJ Young have won a contract to carve a totem pole for Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) on behalf of the University of Alaska Southeast. A selection committee comprised of SHI and UAS representatives chose the brothers from a pool of applicants last week. “I’m very pleased we did have a number of artists who submitted bids and I will say it was a difficult decision because we had some really very exciting designs from the different artists,” said SHI President Rosita Worl. "I really want to thank Sealaska, the Aak’w Kwáan and our student group Wooch.éen for working with the university on this project,” said UAS Chancellor John Pugh. “I am pleased this is taking place on the UAS campus so students can observe the carving process...(more) (News Article) (Photos)

Hear Clan Names in Tlingit!
SHI has posted audio of Tlingit speaker John Marks and June Pegues reciting Clans on the Raven and Eagle sides. See Language Resources.

Audio Component of Tlingit Curriculum Now Online!
The audio component of Tlingit curriculum released in 2007 is now available online. Scroll down the curriculum page and use the audio tools in conjunction with the pdf documents. The audio component was formerly available only on CD. SHI posted the audio tools to make the materials more accessible. Teachers are encouraged to use SHI's curriculum and other teaching tools.

Native Thinkers, Writers, Eligible to Win $10,000 Awards
The Alaska Federation of Natives, in a partnership with the National Congress of American Indians and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, have launched a new economic essay contest entitled Native Insights on the Economy & Recovery. This is a national competition for Alaska Native thinkers & writers, Native Hawaiians and American Indians. Six cash prizes of $10,000 each will be awarded in October. The contest is open now and will close on September 15.  (Website)

Deadline for Proposals for Totem Extended to April 24
Sealaska Heritage Institute has extended the deadline for proposals to carve and paint a 36 foot traditional style totem pole.  The pole will include the following Eagle crests: Eagle, Shark, Wolf, and Thunderbird. Proposals must be postmarked no later than April 24. (Request for Proposals) (News Article)

SHI Awards $446,000 in Scholarships
SHI has awarded approximately $446,000 in scholarships to Sealaska shareholders and descendants. The awards, funded by Sealaska Corporation, will help students pursuing graduate and undergraduate degrees and voc-tech training for the 2009-2010 school year. A portion also will fund heritage studies, language studies and culture camps...(more) (News Article)

SHI, KIC to Sponsor Language Workshop for Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian
SHI's Education Director Jim MacDiarmid will conduct a workshop for Native language teachers and curriculum developers in Ketchikan April 30-May 1. MacDiarmid, author of the well-known publication “Replacing Thing-a-ma-jig – the Developmental Language Process,” will demonstrate practical, hands-on activities for teaching second languages and present a format for using already-developed classroom materials. SHI is co-sponsoring the workshop with the Ketchikan Indian Community. Space is limited. Contact Cara Wallace at 228-5162 or cwallace@kictribe.org to reserve space...(more) (News Article) (Read a News Article about his recent class in Juneau)

Application for Latseen Leadership Camp Now Available
SHI is accepting applicants for its annual Latseen Leadership Camp. The camp is for high school students who are Sealaska shareholders or shareholder descendants. The goal is to cultivate the art of leadership through camp activities and coursework which are based on traditional and scientific knowledge. Students will earn high school and college credit. The camp runs July 12-24 in Juneau at UAS. Scholarships will be awarded to cover the cost of tuition, meals, transportation and campus housing.  
Application must be postmarked no later than May 22, 2009. For more information contact Sarah Dybdahl at 586-9234...(more) (Application) (Required Documents) (Recommendation Form) (Student essay about Latseen) (News Article)

SHI Seeks Artist to Carve Totem Pole
Sealaska Heritage Institute is soliciting Requests for Proposals to carve and paint a 36 foot traditional style totem pole.  The pole will include the following Eagle crests: Eagle, Shark, Wolf, and        Thunderbird. Deadline to apply is April 20. (Request for Proposals)

SHI Clothing Marked Down

SHI has slashed prices for its Celebration 2008 t-shirt, We Who Are (Tlingit, Haida or Tsimshian) hoodies (also available in chocolate). See also SHI's Sun t-shirt. Sale is limited to stock on hand.

Celebration Video Half Off!
The documentary "Celebration 2000: Voices of Our Ancestors" is marked down to $10. The video offers an historical perspective of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian culture and explains the meaning of songs, crests, dances and regalia featured at Celebration, the largest gathering of Southeast Natives. The documentary, produced by Sealaska Heritage Institute, includes comments from Elders on traditions and the importance of perpetuating the culture...(more)

Language summit participants. Photo by Fred Olson, Jr.Summit Brings Together Language Students, Teachers
Sealaska Heritage Institute's language team participated in a language summit that united teachers and students from Alaska and Canada. The summit, sponsored by Cape Fox Heritage Foundation and Ketchikan Indian Community, registered more than 70 people dedicated to revitalizing Native languages.. (Summary)

SHI's First Photo Book of Celebration Half Off!
SHI's first coffee-table style photo book of Celebration is available at half price ($20). The hardcover book Celebration: Tlingit Haida Tsimshian Dancing on the Land features color and black-and-white images from the first Celebrations to the present. Most of the photos were taken by the noted photographer Bill Hess and have never been published...(more) (Place Order) (Read a Review)

SHI Accepting Applications for College, Voc-Tech Scholarships
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 school year. Scholarship awards will be made to Sealaska shareholders and descendants enrolled in accredited college, university and voc-tech schools. The deadline is March 1...(more) (Applications)

Language Workshop Attracts People Far and Wide
Approximately 50 language teachers and curriculum developers from across the state and Canada attended the institute's language workshop in Juneau. The 2-day workshop was presented by the institute’s new Education Director Jim MacDiarmid, author of the well-known publication “Replacing Thing-a-ma-jig – the Developmental Language Process.” (News Article) (Blog)

Pictured L to R George Davis, Lisa Phu and Anita LaffertySealaska Shareholders Participate in StoryCorps
Sealaska shareholders Anita Lafferty and George Davis are among a few Native people in Juneau participating in the program StoryCorps. In partnership with KTOO, Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Juneau Public Library, StoryCorps is recording stories of Alaskans in three locations throughout Juneau from January 5 through January 29, 2009. StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project. Its mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.

Five Students Complete Native Art Class
Five students at Juneau Douglas High School completed a Native art course taught by SHI's Donald Gregory. The students carved either an Eagle or Raven Dagger and dance paddles as part of the program, offered through Choosing Healthy Options in Cooperative Education (CHOICE). It was the fifth year SHI has taught students enrolled in CHOICE. Students presented their carvings in January to other CHOICE students and explained what they learned about Native form line. The students said they would give back to their community by passing on what they had learned and displaying their work to the public at the Sealaska building lobby.

Learn Tlingit Words of Endearment for Valentine's Day!
Thanks to Roby Littlefield for this updated list of terms of endearment.

Sealaska Heritage to Sponsor Language Workshop
Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a workshop for language teachers and curriculum developers next month. The workshop will be presented by the institute’s new education director Jim MacDiarmid, author of the well-known publication “Replacing Thing-a-ma-jig – the Developmental Language Process.” The workshop is 9 am-5 pm, Feb. 4-5 in the Hickel Room at Centennial Hall. College credit is available and there is no registration fee. For more information contact Linda at 586-9187. (Flyer)

Sealaska Heritage Added to Nonprofits Eligible for PFD Contributions
People who wish to make a tax-deductible contribution from their permanent fund dividend to Sealaska Heritage may now do so. The institute has been added to the state's list of nonprofits eligible for charitable contributions. Make the donation while filling out the application for the dividend. If doing so online, click the text "do you want to make a charitable contribution" toward the end of the application. Choose Judicial District 1. We are listed about halfway down the list as Sealaska Heritage Foundation. All donations help fund our programs. Thank you!

Sealaska Heritage Institute's Archival Collections, Books, Go Online
SHI has posted a searchable catalog of its archival collections on the Internet, a major breakthrough that will help researchers easily sort out what types of materials the institute houses. The institute also has just started to add its book collection to the local library consortium’s searchable database, making it the only private library to do so. The projects are part of an effort to foster greater scholarship on the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska, said SHI Archivist Zachary Jones...(more) (Radio Actualities) (News Article)

Scholarship Applications Now Online
SHI is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 school year. Scholarship awards will be made to Sealaska shareholders and descendants enrolled in accredited college, university and voc-tech schools. Applications are posted online for new applicants and current recipients.

Preliminary Results: No Link Yet to Ancient Human Remains
More research needed to find living descendants of Shuká Kaa in Southeast Alaska
Preliminary results from DNA research on ancient human remains discovered in Southeast Alaska did not establish a genetic connection to potential living descendants from the region. However, scientists are not ruling out eventually finding a genetic link between Southeast Natives and the 10,300-year-old man, who was given the name Shuká Kaa (Man Before Us) by Native people in September at his burial...(more)
(Radio Actualities) (News Article)

Dauenhauers Win American Book Award
Authors Richard and Nora Dauenhauer have won the 2008 American Book Award for "Anóoshi Lingít Aaní Ká: Russians in Tlingit America - The Battles of Sitka 1802 and 1804" -- published by Sealaska Heritage Institute and the University of Washington Press in 2008. The award, given by the Before Columbus Foundation, was created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community. The purpose is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions. More than a dozen authors this year received the award, which was formally given Dec. 28 in Berkeley, California. (Announcement) (News Article) (News Article About This Book) (Book Review)

Artist Della Cheney at the 2007 art fairYou're Invited to the Annual Native Arts & Crafts Fair!
SHI is co-sponsoring the annual Native Arts & Crafts Fair at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on Dec. 5 from 4:30-8 p.m. and Dec. 6 from 12-4 p.m. Meet local Alaska Native artists and learn as they demonstrate techniques and sell their wares...(more)

Half Off on all SHI Merchandise!
All SHI merchandise is 50% off through December 31, 2008! Includes SHI's highly popular Celebration 2008 t-shirts featuring art by Robert Hoffmann plus all books, videos and other items in SHI's retail store...(shop)

Dr. Soboleff at SHI's November 2008 trustees meeting, which he chairedHappy 100th Birthday Dr. Soboleff
SHI Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Walter Soboleff celebrates his 100th birthday Nov. 14, 2008 in Juneau. At its Nov. 6 trustees meeting, SHI recognized him for his many years of service to Native people and for his guidance on the institute's language and culture programs. Trustee Clarence Jackson called Soboleff a national treasure who has honored Sealaska Heritage with his presence. "We’ve been blessed with your presence it seems like all our lives," Jackson said. "Sometimes good things happen to people. Walter happened to us 100 years ago." (News Article) (Radio Story)

SHI Hosts Teslin Tlingit Delegation
SHI hosted a delegation of Tlingit from Teslin, Yukon, Canada Nov. 13 at its Juneau offices. The group is learning about how SHI organizes its biennial dance and culture festival Celebration, one of the largest events in the state.

SHI Recruits Shareholders to Record Stories
Project is part of StoryCorps Alaska
SHI is recruiting shareholders who want to tell their stories of love, endurance, resilience, achievement and hope. The activity is part of StoryCorps Alaska – a nonprofit project that aims to bring families, friends, and neighbors closer together by listening to each others’ stories. A StoryCorps interview is a 40-minute conversation between two people who know each other. A trained facilitator will be present with you and your partner throughout the interview to help you have a comfortable and meaningful experience, and to handle all technical aspects of the recording.  You’ll take home a broadcast-quality audio CD, and with your permission, copies will go to the Library of Congress, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Rasmuson Library Oral History Program, and local Juneau archives.  Interviews may also air on public radio. If you want to participate and you will be in Juneau on January 9, 16 and 23, contact Kathy Dye at kathy.dye@sealaska.com or 586-9189 for more information. (more about StoryCorps)

Worl Chosen for Humanities Award by Palin
SHI President Rosita Worl is one of two Alaskans chosen by Gov. Sarah Palin for the annual Distinguished Services to the Humanities awards. The honors will be presented at 6 pm, Thursday, Oct. 23 during the 2008 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities at the Anchorage Downtown Marriott Hotel. The other recipient is Dr. James Muller, a political science professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Contact: Alaska State Council on the Arts, 269-6610...(more) (Photo)

Dauenhauers to Give Lecture, Book Signing in Juneau
Authors Nora and Richard Dauenhauer will give a lecture and book signing for "Anóoshi Lingít Aaní Ká: Russians in Tlingit America - The Battles of Sitka 1802 and 1804" -- published by Sealaska Heritage Institute and the University of Washington Press in 2008. The event is scheduled Friday, Oct. 3, 7-9 pm at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau. It is open to the public and free of charge. For more information call 465-2901. (News Article)
 

SHI Archivist Zachary Jones holds a rattle, one of roughly 1,000 cultural objects cared for by the instituteSHI Awarded Grant to Post Catalogs of Holdings Online
SHI has received a grant to create an online catalog of its archival and ethnographic collections and to catalog its book holdings in an online library database. The project is a huge step forward in making the institute’s materials more accessible to the public, said SHI Archivist Zachary Jones, noting for the first time a full listing of SHI's collections will be available via the Internet...(more) (Radio Actualities) (Photo)

Celebration 2010 Set for June 3-5
Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor the next Celebration June 3-5, 2010. SHI's biennial Juried Art Show and Competition will debut June 2. Hotels sometimes fill up soon after this date is released, so SHI encourages people to book rooms early.

Worl 13TH Recipient Ever to Win Prestigious Award
Rosita Worl, president of SHI, has won the prestigious Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology. Worl is the 13th recipient ever to win the award, given every two years since 1984 by the American Anthropological Association, the world's largest organization of individuals interested in anthropology. The award honors exemplary anthropologists for outstanding recent achievements who have contributed to the development of anthropology as an applied science and have had important impacts on public policy...(more) (Photo)

SHI Opens Research Facility for General Public, Scholars
SHI has built a facility to accommodate its growing collections and to better serve the general public and researchers studying Southeast Alaska Native cultures. The expanded Special Collections Research Center, located on the third floor of Sealaska Plaza, includes a library that houses books on Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures, a reading room with computer access and a storage room for the institute’s historical documents, recordings and cultural objects. The new facility is part of an effort to encourage research of Southeast Alaska Native cultures, said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more) (Radio Actualities) (News Article)

Photos of SHI Canoe Project in 1987 Now Online
SHI has posted a photo album showing
the carving of a Tlingit canoe using traditional tools and methods at Bartlett Cove in 1987. The canoe was made from a Sitka Spruce log measuring 25 feet long and four feet in diameter. The late George Dalton, Sr., born in Hoonah in 1879, and other elders with personal knowledge of canoe making traditions served as cultural advisors to the project. Lead carvers Nathan Jackson, Steve Brown, Richard Dalton, and Mick Beasley carved the canoe using traditional tools, such as the xot’ah or Tlingit adze. The project was done in partnership with the National Park Service...(more) (Photos)

SHI Receives Grant to Tell Story of Statehood From Native Perspective
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has received a $100,000 grant to research Native perspectives during the fight for statehood and to tell the story from the Native point of view. The two-year grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum and Rasmuson Foundation will fund a statewide effort by Native scholars and leaders to interview elderly Native people who were active during the statehood era and to research archival materials.
..(more) (Radio Actualities)

More Than 200 Shareholders Donate Proxy Funds
More than 200 shareholders donated their 2008 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! (Donors)

Job Opening: SHI Seeking Education Director
This employee will be responsible for providing leadership and management of education programs and projects. Requires extensive knowledge of the educational, social, cultural, and economic needs of Southeast Alaska Native Peoples, knowledge of and experience in culture/place-based curriculum development; knowledge of education systems and requirements; ability to manage multiple projects and activities; grant writing and administration experience; and excellent written and oral communication skills...(more

Have You Seen This Robe?
This robe went missing during Celebration 2008. It has the owner's Haida name and 2008 on the front. If you know the whereabouts of this robe, please contact Kathy Dye at kathy.dye@sealaskaheritage.org. (Photo of robe front)

 

Raven Canoe Launches on Potomac River, Gets Name
A Northwest Coast ocean-going dugout canoe was officially launched and given the name Yéil Yeik (Raven Spirit) in June in a ceremony on the banks of the Potomac River. The project was sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute and Sealaska Corporation, which donated the cedar log. The canoe, carved by Doug (Kevin) Chilton, will be exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution's new Ocean Hall, scheduled to open in September 2008. (Video) (Photos) (News Story) (Smithsonian Spotlight Video) (Blog)

DNA Links Juneau Woman to Ancient Man
Juneau resident Marilyn Doyle is one of 17 Native people in Alaska and Canada related to an ancient man whose remains were found in a glacier in 1999. Doyle was notified in early June by the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) that she is related to the ancient man, named by tribes Kwaday Dan Ts’inchi (Long Ago Person Found). Doyle was one of 250 Native people to be tested for a DNA match in a project sponsored by CAFN and Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI). The DNA results show 9 people from Alaska and 8 people from Canada are related...(more) (Radio Actualities)

SHI to Offer Summer Hoop Camps, Leadership Training
Camps expand to communities regionwide
SHI will offer basketball camps and leadership training to Native youths in five Southeast communities this summer. SHI will sponsor Latseen Hoop Camps in Klukwan, Yakutat, Klawock, Hydaburg and Juneau and its fourth annual Latseen Leadership Training in Juneau...(more) (Radio Actualities) (News Article)

Whipping up soapberries
John Ryan, KTOO-FM
The translucent red berries known as soapberries are tiny, bitter, and soapy to the touch. But in the right hands, soapberries can be whipped into a frothy treat. At Southeast Alaska's largest Native gathering, women from Alaska and northern Canada competed to make the tastiest version of the rare delicacy. John Ryan reports from the first-ever soapberry contest at Celebration...(Listen)

News Articles and Photos about Celebration 2008
Native women whip up soapberries, fond memories
Youth light up cultural festival
Photos: Celebration 2008
Natives give DNA samples to see if they match ancient remains
Photo: Grand entrance
Lead group unveils new dance today
Photo: Carving culture
Artist weaves Native values into baskets
Photo: Traditional display
Celebrate award-winning Native artists on First Friday
Juneau's Natives Welcome Guests

Louise Gordon accepts the award for first place for her soapberriesWinners of First Soapberry Contest, Seaweed Throwdown Announced
Two people have taken top prizes for traditional-food contests at Celebration 2008. For the second Celebration in a row, Ivan Williams of Angoon won first place in the biennial black seaweed contest. Louise Gordon of Atlin, British Columbia, took first place in the institute’s first soapberry contest. Experience played a large role in the award-winning soapberry entry, Gordon said...(more) (Watch video of the soapberry contest)

Winners of Sealaska Juried Art Show Announced
Six artists have taken top awards at the fourth Sealaska Juried Art Competition in Juneau for best contemporary and traditional Native art...(more) (Radio Actualities)

Rare Tlingit warrior's helmet captures $2 million at auction

By Eric Morrison l JUNEAU EMPIRE
A Tlingit warrior's helmet previously unknown to exist was recently sold to a private collector for what is believed to be a record amount for a Native American artifact at an auction. On May 18, Fairfield Auction of Newton, Conn., hosted an auction that fetched $2,185,000 for the helmet that experts believe originated in the late 18th or early 19th century. An anonymous woman brought the piece to the company during an appraisal clinic several months ago, not realizing the value of the artifact, auction house owner Jack DeStories said...(more)

Empire Publishes Special Section
The Juneau Empire has compiled a special section with a lot of information about Celebration 2008. This is a great multi-media resource loaded with information, audio and photos of Celebration and the special events associated with the festival. (Empire Special Section)

SHI Releases First Photo Book of Celebration
SHI will release its first coffee-table style photo book of Celebration during the 2008 festival, scheduled June 5-7. The hardcover book Celebration: Tlingit Haida Tsimshian Dancing on the Land will feature color and black-and-white images from the first Celebrations to the present. Most of the photos were taken by the noted photographer Bill Hess and have never been published...(more) (Radio Actualities) (Photo) (Place Order) (Read a Review)

Mt. Saint Elias Dancers, the lead dance group for Celebration 2008. PHOTO BY BILL HESSCelebration to Kick Off Next Week
SHI will kick off its biennial Celebration next week, marking the 26th year since the inception of the popular dance-and-culture festival. The institute anticipates up to 5,000 people, including 52 dance groups and approximately 2,300 dancers from Alaska, Canada and the Lower 48, will attend Celebration 2008, held in Juneau at Centennial Hall, the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, and the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. SHI will announce winners of its biennial Juried Art Show and Competition on June 4. Dance performances and other events are scheduled June 5-7. The theme is “Tlingit, Haida Tsimshian Dancing on the Land.”
...(more) (Radio Actualities) (Schedule)

Celebration Makes List of 7 Alaska Things to Put on Your Life List
Read the story compiled by the Anchorage Daily News (News Article)

Entry Form and Rules for Soapberry Contest Now Posted Online
(Entry Form & Rules)
(Soapberry Contest)

SHI To Sponsor DNA Tests to Find Descendants of 10,300 Year Old Man
Remains of ancient man are the oldest ever found in Alaska and Canada
SHI will sponsor DNA testing during Celebration 2008 to determine if a young Native man who lived 10,300 years ago has living descendants in Southeast Alaska. Information from the DNA samples will be compared to DNA extracted from the remains, which were discovered by a paleontologist in 1996 in a cave on Prince of Wales Island. Studies authorized by local tribes linked the remains to Native people living in areas from California to South America, said SHI President Rosita Worl. SHI’s Council of Traditional Scholars and its Celebration Committee authorized the DNA study to determine if he is related to Southeast Alaska Natives, she said...(more) (Radio Actualities) (Background) (Radio Story)

SHI Releases Major Book on Historic Tlingit, Russian Battles
Book based on never-before published Tlingit recordings
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has released a major book on historic battles between the Russians and Tlingits in the early 19th century.
Anóoshi Lingít Aaní Ká: Russians in Tlingit America, The Battles of Sitka 1802 and 1804, edited by Richard and Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Lydia Black, is the 4th volume in the award-winning series, Classics of Tlingit Oral Literature. The book explores an era from the 1790s through 1818 when Russians expanded into Southeast Alaska to take control of the Northwest Coast fur trade...(more)  (Radio Actualities) (Buy)

Grand Entrance Assembly Area Modified
This year people will assemble behind the ANB Hall instead of in front of it for the Grand Entrance. Village Street behind the hall will be closed to traffic to accommodate pedestrians.

Goodbye Raven Canoe
Movers wrapped the Raven canoe and loaded it into a moving truck on May 9. The canoe made by Doug Chilton is bound for the Smithsonian's new Ocean Hall in Washington D.C. The canoe features a Raven design. It will be given a name at a ceremony next month and go on permanent exhibit in September, when the hall opens.

TV Coverage of Celebration to Move to UATV
KTOO is bumping the Celebration broadcast from the Gavel-to-Gavel channel to the UATV channel. This is because the Legislature is convening for a special session, and legislative coverage takes priority over any other coverage on the Gavel-to-Gavel channel. The UATV channel is available on all the same communities statewide as the Gavel-to-Gavel channel. If you want to watch Celebration, please call your local cable station to make sure they pick up UATV (See channels and towns served by UATV).

Volunteer for Celebration!
SHI will hold a meeting to recruit volunteers for Celebration 2008 at 4:45 to 6:45 pm, Thursday, May 15 at Centennial Hall, Hammond Room. People who volunteer at least four hours get a free one-day pass to Celebration. For more information call Deena LaRue at 586-9166, deena.larue@sealaska.com.

DNA Links Native Alaskans to Ancient Man Found in Glacier
Juneau Man Among First of Alaskans to be Notified
Juneau resident Fernando Rado found out Thursday he is one of 17 Native people in Alaska and Canada related to an ancient man whose remains were found in a glacier in 1999. Rado (right) was one of 250 Native people to be tested for a DNA match in a project sponsored by the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) and Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI). The DNA results show 9 people from Alaska and 8 Native people from Canada are related to the ancient man, named by tribes “Long Ago Person Found.” “It’s kind of overwhelming and it’s kind of very exciting because I feel like I’m related to a piece of time in history,” said Rado...(more) (Radio Actualities) (News Story) (News Story)

Telling a story: A figure on the prow of the canoe depicts "How Raven Stole the Sun," a Native American legend from the Pacific Northwest Coast. Brian Wallace / Juneau EmpireFirst Practice is Smooth Ride for Canoe Bound for the Smithsonian
The copper sun embedded in the mouth of the raven carved into the canoe's prow glistened Wednesday as the paddles from nine men rhythmically sliced through the water of Twin Lakes. Observing from the dock on the lake's edge, lead artist Doug Chilton noted that many of the men testing the unnamed 26-foot canoe bound for the Smithsonian Museum had never paddled before...(more)

Chris McNeil hands the first Judson L. Brown Leadership Award to student William A. Andrews, Jr.SHI Awards $530,000 in Scholarships
First Judson L. Brown Leadership Award Given
SHI has awarded approximately $530,000 in scholarships to Sealaska shareholders and descendants and given the first leadership award from an endowment founded two years ago. The awards, mostly funded by Sealaska Corporation, will help students pursuing graduate and undergraduate degrees and voc-tech training during the 2008-2009 school year. A portion also will fund heritage studies, language studies and culture camps...(more) (Radio Actualities)

First Volunteers Meeting Scheduled
SHI will hold its first meeting to recruit volunteers for Celebration 2008. The meeting is 4:45 to 6:45 pm, Friday, April 25 at Centennial Hall, Egan Room. People who volunteer at least four hours get a free one-day pass to Celebration. For more information call Deena LaRue at 586-9166, deena.larue@sealaska.com.

Deadline Extension
SHI has extended the application deadline for the Juried Art Show and Competition to April 11. For more information contact Mariana Goodwin at 907-364-5290 or mariana.moreno-goodwin@sealaska.com. (Application)

We Who Are Tlingit Hoodie
New ultra-cotton hoodie in chocolate featuring the phrase "Lingitx Haa
Sateeýi We Who Are Tlingit" is now available in limited quantities. Order now while supplies last.
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Seaweed Contest Entry Form and Rules Available
(Entry Form & Rules)

Native Artist Market
The application deadline has been extended to April 15. For more information contact Mariana Goodwin at 907-364-5290 or mariana.moreno-goodwin@sealaska.com. Fee of $125 to register and to reserve space for three days.

New Book Explores Connection Between Tlingit and Native Place Names
In Tlingit, it is difficult even to introduce oneself without referencing places in Lingít Aaní (Tlingit Country). Geographic references are embedded in personal names, clan names, house names, and, most obviously, in kwáan names, which define regions of dwelling. To say one is Sheet‘ká Kwáan defines one as a member of the Tlingit community that inhabits Sheet‘ká (Sitka). In Being and Place among the Tlingit, anthropologist Thomas F. Thornton Thornton explains that place signifies not only a specific geographical location, but also reveals the ways in which individuals and social groups define themselves. Published by the University of Washington Press in association with Sealaska Heritage Institute...(more)

Deadlines for Celebration Events Closing In
Application deadlines are closing in for dance groups, the Juried Art Show and Competition, the Native Artist Market and the Toddler Regalia Review...(more)

Job Opening
SHI is recruiting for an Executive & Research Assistant to assist the President in working with diverse departments throughout the Institute. Qualifications include four year degree and experience in social science and at least one year professional level work experience. Job description is available upon request. 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 application to lola.foss@sealaska.com. Open until filled. Wage is $21/hour+benefits, F/T. The organization was founded by Sealaska Corporation;shareholder preference applies.

New Historical Photos Online
SHI has established a new database of historical photos featuring images from the Special Collections Research Center's holdings. These images date from 1880 to the present and document various aspects of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian life. This web album will continue to grow as materials are added by Special Collections staff.

Jason Ohler addresses teachersSHI Sponsors Digital Storytelling Workshop
SHI sponsored a workshop for teachers region wide on how to use storytelling and technology to teach kids. The 3-day workshop included talks by Jason Ohler, professor of educational technology at UAS and author of "Digital Storytelling in the Classroom," Clan Leader David Katzeek and Ernestine Hayes, award-winning author of "Blond Indian."

SHI Job Opening
Sealaska Heritage Institute, an Alaska Native non-profit organization, is recruiting for a Curriculum Specialist to work on a contract basis.  The selected contractor will assist in development, evaluation and dissemination of secondary-level curriculum and teacher training programs and materials.  Qualifications include Bachelor’s degree in secondary education, and a minimum of two years of experience working in Native cultural or educational programs.  TO APPLY: Submit cover letter, résumé, 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 application to lola.foss@sealaska.com. This is a contractual position.

Sealaska Heritage Posts Historical Soboleff Documents on Web
SHI has posted online more than 1,000 historical papers donated by Dr. Walter Soboleff, a widely known Tlingit Elder and chair of the institute’s board of trustees. The papers, some of them hand written, mostly document activities of the Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) from 1929 to 1995. The collection includes issues of the ANB periodical “The Voice of Brotherhood,” ANB meeting minutes, correspondence, working files, camp files and papers that show how the ANB fought to improve the lives of Alaska Native people and to secure Native lands prior to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act...(more) (Radio Actualities) (Collection) (News Article)

Dance Group Application Online
SHI has posted the application for Celebration dancers online. For more information contact Yarrow Vaara at 907-586-9228, yarrow.vaara@sealaska.com. (Application)

Massive Resource for Myths and Texts Available
SHI staff recently found a website with more than 100 Tlingit stories collected and recorded by John R. Swanton. The web, "Tlingit Myths and Texts," is described as a massive study of the myths and legends of the Tlingit, Native Americans of southern Alaska .

Juneau Man Donates Old Photo to SHI
Harold L. Wheaton, Sr., has donated to SHI an image of a crew of Wrangell Tlingit hauling goods in a dugout canoe up the Stikine River to be sold to miners who worked upriver. The photo dates to the late 1890s. Wheaton says his grandfather, John Choquette, is the figure steering and standing in the rear of the canoe. Importantly, this image captures a unique and industrious method of employment for Wrangell residents of the period. Since the Stikine River was a principal route to the Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon Territory, and since Wrangell locals knew the river well and were better equipped to transport goods to isolated miners working upriver, the practice of transporting goods upriver proved economically viable to Wrangell residents. In essence, this image captures an important role played by Wrangell Tlingit during an interesting period of Alaska’s modern history. (Photo)

Applications for Art Market, Competition Online
SHI will sponsor a Native Artist Market and Juried Art Show and Competition during Celebration 2008.

Five Students Complete Native Art Class
Five students at Marie Drake Middle School completed a Native art course taught by SHI's Donald Gregory. The students carved either an Eagle or Raven plaque as part of the program, offered through the program Choosing Healthy Options in Cooperative Education (CHOICE). It was the fourth year SHI has taught students enrolled in CHOICE. Students presented their carvings in January to other CHOICE students and explained what they learned about Native form line. The students said they would give back to their community by passing on what they had learned.

Historical Photo Collection Donated to SHI 
Images document work on Chief Shakes Tribal House, totem restoration
A Juneau corporation has donated to SHI a large collection of old photographs documenting work on a tribal house and totem poles in Southeast Alaska. The collection donated by MRV Architects includes approximately 150 black-and-white photographs documenting reconstruction of the Chief Shakes Tribal House in Wrangell and restoration of totem poles in Sitka in the late 1930s. “That collection is really important because it documents an important historical period in Southeast Alaska Native life. We’re really fortunate in getting this collection,” said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more) (Radio Actualities) (Photos) (News Article)

First Web-Based Native Language Class to Debut
SHI will offer the first ever web-based Native language course in Southeast Alaska. The course, Elementary Haida I, will be taught entirely on the Internet, which will allow the institute to reach more students interested in learning the language. “Web based instruction can reach anywhere, so whether you’re living in Southeast Alaska or outside Alaska, people who want to learn the Haida language will be able to receive instruction in Haida,” said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more) (Radio Actualities) (News Article) (To register call the University of Alaska Southeast, 1-877-465-4827 ext 6163; or contact Dr. Jordan Lachler, 907-247-9223 or jordan.lachler@sealaska.com)

Three Books Available from SHI
SHI is selling the following three books while supplies last: The Transforming Image: Painted Arts of Northwest Coast First Nations by Bill McLennan and Karen Duffek; Art of the Northwest Coast by Aldona Jonaitis; and, Life Lived Like a Story by Julie Cruikshank as told by Angela Sidney, Kitty Smith, and Annie Ned. (Place Order)

Applications for 2008 Latseen Now Online
SHI will hold its fourth annual Latseen Leadership Training in Juneau. The 2008 camp is scheduled June 19-July 1. Applications must be postmarked by April 18, 2008. (Application) (News Article)

SHI Accepting Applications for College, Voc-Tec Scholarships
SHI is accepting applications for the 2008-2009 school year. Scholarship awards will be made to Sealaska shareholders and descendants enrolled in accredited college, university and voc-tech schools...(more) (Radio Story)

Juneau Man Donates Ancient Stone Objects to SHI
A Juneau man has donated four ancient stone objects to SHI, marking one of the most significant donations of cultural items received by the nonprofit in recent years. The pieces donated by Ronald Haffner include a maul, a bowl, what appears to be a grinder and an object shaped like a seal head. The items were dug at Auke Bay by Haffner’s great grandmother, Dora Spaulding, likely in the 1930s, said Haffner. The pieces reveal the artistic talent of indigenous people thousands of years ago, said SHI President Rosita Worl, who thanked Haffner, calling the donation generous...(more) (Radio Actualities) (Photos) (News Article)

SHI Launches First Blog
Blog to explore archives, Native history, heritage

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has launched its first blog in an effort to keep people informed about issues, books and collections of interest to Southeast Alaska Natives. The blog, written by the institute’s archivist, Zachary Jones, will offer weekly updates on SHI’s archives and engage people in talks about Native languages, history, heritage and other topics. The site also will include links to new and forthcoming books and scholarly studies of interest to Native people...(more)
(Radio Actualities)

New Interactive Language Tool on Web
SHI has posted a new interactive language tool to teach Tlingit words for numbers. “Numbers” teaches words for numbers 1-200 and features audio by John Marks. The numbers tool and the tool "Bear Barometer" recently posted in the language resources section were funded in part by a grant from ConocoPhillips...(more) (News Article) (Radio Story)

SHI Curriculum Specialist Linda Belarde speaks to Sitka teachersSHI Staff Trains Sitka School District on Tlingit Curriculum
SHI's staff presented the institute's Tlingit curriculum to Sitka educators in November. The workshop was meant to answer questions and to familiarize teachers with the materials, which includes 18 units plus audio and games on CDs. The district-wide meeting was sponsored by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. The three-year project was funded by two grants from the U.S. Department of Education. SHI plans to release a similar set of curriculum for the Haida language and culture.

Do You Recognize This?
SHI is trying to locate the owner of a piece of regalia bearing the tináa design featured in the photo at right. The regalia recently came into SHI's possession. If you recognize the design in the posted photo, please contact Sarah Dybdahl at 586-9234 or sarah.dybdahl@sealaska.com

"Tlingit Life Stories" Now Available
The popular book Haa Kusteeyí, Our Culture: Tlingit Life Stories, Vol. 3 is available again through SHI. The book, edited by Richard and Nora Marks Dauenhauer, features the biographies and life histories of more than 50 men and women, most born between 1880 and 1910, and includes a special section on the founders of the Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB)...(more)

Ancient Human Remains Returned to Tlingit Tribes
The U.S. Forest Service has conveyed custody of 10,300-year-old human remains to Tlingit tribes in Klawock and Craig, marking the first time a federal agency has transferred remains of such antiquity to a Native American tribe. The transfer came after the Klawock Cooperative Association, the Craig Community Association and Sealaska Corporation in February petitioned the agency for custody. The tribes made the request at the end of a collaborative project to study the remains, which were discovered by a paleontologist in 1996 in a cave on Prince of Wales Island...(more)

Photo of Austin Hammond featured in a book about Celebration to be released in 2008Board of Trustees Chooses Theme for Celebration 2008
SHI's Board of Trustees has selected the following theme for the 2008 festival: Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian: Dancing on the Land. The theme also will appear in the title of a new book about Celebration to be released by SHI at Celebration 2008. The book, "Celebration. Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian: Dancing on the Land," will feature never-before-seen photos of the first two Celebrations through the 2006 festival, taken by the well-known photographer Bill Hess.

New Clothing Item Released!
Hooded sweatshirts with the sayings "We Who Are Tlingit," "We Who Are Haida" and "We Who Are Tsimshian" are now available through SHI in five colors...(more)

Job Opening at SHI
SHI is seeking a curriculum specialist. The incumbent will have primary responsibility for development, evaluation and dissemination of secondary level curriculum...(more)

Job Opening at SHI
SHI is seeking an archivist with a basic knowledge of library and archival cataloging to perform research, preserve historical holdings, maintain accession records and collection inventories, update information for website archive and other duties...(more)

Kellen London, Tate London, Rosita Worl, Chris McNeil, Clarence Jackson, Byron Mallott, Jacqueline Johnson, Doug (Kevin) Chilton, and Marilyn Hillman at a ceremony held to honor the tree felled for the canoeSHI Artist Carves Canoe Bound for Smithsonian
Project to be broadcast live on the Internet
SHI has commissioned a Tlingit artist to make a traditional, cedar canoe for exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.. Artist Doug (Kevin) Chilton will carve the full size, Northwest Coast ocean-going dugout canoe at the Sealaska Plaza in Juneau, where the project will be broadcast live on the Internet. The plan is to paddle the finished canoe up the Potomac River to Ocean Hall, an exhibit celebrating global oceans scheduled to open in September 2008. Ocean Hall will inhabit a grand, newly renovated space that spans one of the museum’s three central halls. The canoe will be part of the museum’s permanent collection...(more) (Watch Live) (News Photos) (News Article) (Photos by Carver Sonny Grant)

SHI Holds First Ever Tlingit Language Basketball Camps
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) for the first time is hosting basketball camps in an effort to create language habitats. The purpose of the Latseen Hoop Camps is to provide a week of fun but intensive instruction in the fundamentals of basketball while incorporating Tlingit language and culture. “It’s part of our effort to teach Native languages through physical and social activities,” said SHI President Rosita Worl. “Our goal is to improve academic achievement of Native students.”...(more) (Radio Story)

Unique Tlingit Curriculum Series Distributed, Posted Online
Series Includes Tlingit Audio CDs and Vocabulary Games
SHI has produced a unique collection of Tlingit curriculum and distributed it to every school district in Southeast Alaska, in hopes of weaving more Native lessons into the public school system. The curriculum, co-produced by the Juneau School District, is unique because it’s the first Tlingit language and culture curriculum done on a broad scale that meets state academic and cultural standards...(more) (Radio Actualities) (News Article)

SHI to Sponsor Basketball Camps
SHI will sponsor basketball camps in Juneau and Angoon this year. The goal is to provide a week of fun but intensive instruction in the fundamentals of basketball while incorporating Lingít language and culture. All boys and girls who are entering grades 6 through 8 who are Sealaska Shareholders or Descendants at eligible to participate. The Juneau camp is scheduled July 23-27; the Angoon camp is scheduled Aug. 6-10. For more information contact Sarah Dybdahl at 586-9234 or sarah.dybdahl@sealaska.com. The deadline to apply is July 20. (Juneau Application) (Angoon Application)

SHI to Hold 3rd Annual Leadership Camp
SHI
will host its 3rd annual Latseen Leadership Training camp next week at the University of Alaska, Juneau campus. The two-week training is meant to teach high school and first-year college students the art of leadership through development of self knowledge and physical and spiritual strength. The Tlingit word “Latseen” means strength...(more)

Scholarships Available for Summer Program at Perseverance Theatre
SHI is offering tuition scholarships for Juneau Perseverance Theatre's STAR Program this summer. The Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous (STAR) is a great 5-week program for youth ages 10-18 who are serious about the theatre. To be eligible for a scholarship the applicant must be a shareholder descendant. Check out the theatre's website to find out more about the program or contact Deena LaRue at deena.larue@sealaska.com to get an application.

Juneau Teachers Hold Ku.éex’
Teachers in the Juneau School District held a Ku.éex’, a gathering of school children from Glacier Valley, Harborview and Juneau Douglas High School. The gathering, organized by teacher Hans Chester, was held at the ANB Hall in Juneau on May 17, 2007 to celebrate the end of the school year. The Tlingit word Ku.éex’ means "to invite." (Photos)

SHI Seeks Grant Writer, Fundraiser
SHI is seeking a grant proposal writer/fundraiser to help plan and implement the fundraising efforts of SHI, a Native, non-profit organization.  Looking for expertise in writing proposals for education projects and/or for expertise in soliciting from the private sector...(more)

Click to see more photosSHI Participates in Virtual Field Trip
SHI participated in an electronic field trip on May 8 at Auke Rec in Juneau. The field trip, produced by Ball State University and Smithsonian Institution, included two identical live 60-minute broadcasts that were accessible to students across the country via the Internet and some public television stations. The broadcasts, titled "Listening to Our Ancestors", included six sets featuring an old canoe, basketry and Chilkat weavings, a fire pit and the Sealaska canoe in the water. Each set was manned by adults and students from Juneau and Washington, D.C. The hosts explained aspects of Southeast Alaska Native language and culture, then fielded questions live from students across the country. The producers also established a website that includes information and videos about Native cultures. Ball State has set up a video stream of one of the broadcasts on its website. DVDs of the broadcast also are available. The website will remain intact in perpetuity. (Watch Video) (Photos)

Virtual Field Trip to Broadcast Live From Juneau
Millions of school children from across the country will have access next week to a 60-minute live broadcast showcasing Southeast Alaska Native history and traditions. "Listening to Our Ancestors" will broadcast on May 8 from Juneau's Auke Rec, ancestral homeland of the Tlingit Áak’w Kwáan. Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is a partner in the Electronic Field Trip (EFT), which is produced by Ball State University...(more) (Ball State University Press Release) (Watch Live/Buy DVD)

Audio of Celebration Song Online
SHI has posted audio of Tsu héidei shugaxtootáan yá yaakoosgé daakeit online in the Language and Culture section. This song was written for Celebration and is often used as an entrance or exit song. Since it belongs to SHI (and not an individual clan), anyone may use it. The words were taken from a speech by George Davis made in Sitka 1980 (published in Haa Tuwunáagu Yís). The song talks about a change of mind of preserving Native cultures and teaching it to the children instead of hiding it away. It’s very symbolic especially to the younger generations who are now learning cultural information that was preserved by their grandparents and knowledgeable Elders. The Tlingit title translates to English as: We will open again this container of wisdom.

Audio of Anthem Online
SHI has posted audio of the Tlingit National Anthem online in the Language and Culture section. The anthem was sung by Nora Dauenhauer, Sue Stevens and Donald Gregory.

Tools for Teaching About the Beach Available Online
SHI has posted the second of a series of Tlingit culture and language thematic units online. In this unit, posted in the Curriculum section, students study beach creatures and gathering and processing techniques. This unit is best suited for the spring because many schools conduct Sea Wee/Month activities during April or May. (Unit) (Resources) The institute also is developing curriculum for the Haida language.

SHI Sponsors Presentation of Tlingit Macbeth in Washington, D.C.
SHI sponsored a production of Tlingit Macbeth, performed at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. The play, produced by Perseverance Theatre, fused Shakespeare’s words with the language, music, dancing and visual design of the Tlingit. The production, funded through the National Endowment for the Arts’ Shakespeare in America Communities program, wrapped on March 18. (News Article) (News Article) (News Article) (Radio Story)

Article Outlining Steps in a Koo.éex’ Now Online

The article Koo.éex’: The Tlingit Memorial Party is now available online. The article, written by Lily White and Paul White, outlines the steps in a Koo.éex’ or potlatch. It is posted in SHI's Language and Culture Section.

Tlingit Protocols Added to SHI Web
The article Tlingit Protocols: Forming a Tlingit World View is now available online. The piece, written by Dr. Walter Soboleff, is posted in SHI's Language and Culture Section.

Worl to Serve on NAGPRA Review Committee
The National Park Service has reappointed SHI President Rosita Worl to a two-year term on the National American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee. The seven-member advisory committee monitors, reviews, and assists in the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)…(more)

SHI Gets Grant to Produce 90 Hours of Native Narratives
SHI has received a federal grant to transcribe, translate and publish 90 hours of narratives and conversations in Tlingit, Tsimshian and Northern Haida, the endangered indigenous languages of Southeast Alaska. The three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will give students a lasting opportunity to hear the languages spoken by fluent Native speakers in a conversational context, rather than having to rely on semi-fluent teachers who have learned Tlingit, Haida or Tsimshian as a second language...(more)

New Interactive Tlingit Language Tool Added to Web
SHI has posted another interactive language learning tool in its online language resources section. The Bear Barometer tool teaches Tlingit phrases for weather conditions in an interactive environment. Written by Ruth Demmert. Funded in part through a grant from ConocoPhillips. (Print words) (Download Flash Player)

Nora Dauenhauer demonstrates an interactive language toolSHI Shows How to Use Technology to Learn Languages
SHI in February sponsored a 2-day workshop on how to use technology to create interactive language tools. Native language students and teachers learned how to assemble games using images, graphics and audio. The Juneau class was taught by SHI linguist Jordan Lachler and attended by 21 students from across the state. The class also was sponsored by the Juneau School District and the University of Alaska Southeast. (Photos)

New Interactive Tlingit Alphabet Now Online
SHI has posted a new version of the Tlingit alphabet in its language resources section. This version is a bit easier to use because it's all on one page. Like the first version, it lets users hear and see the letters plus hear the letters used in words. (Download Flash Player)

Peratrovich Teaching Tools Available Online
SHI has posted the first of a series of Tlingit culture and language thematic units online. The unit studies the life and work of the remarkable Elizabeth Peratrovich, civil rights champion of Alaska. SHI encourages teachers to download the units and resources for use in class. The institute also is developing curriculum for the Haida language. (Unit) (Resources)

SHI Posts Tlingit Valentine Phrases
Learn to say Happy Valentines Day, I Love You, and other terms of endearment in Tlingit! (Tlingit Valentine Phrases)

SHI Trustee Marlene Johnson and SHI President Rosita Worl present a blanket to Gov. Sarah PalinSHI, Others, Discuss Native Issues with the Governor
Representatives from SHI and other Native leaders met with Gov. Sarah Palin in January to discuss issues of concern to Southeast Alaska Natives. SHI President Rosita Worl and SHI Trustee Marlene Johnson presented the Governor with Yaakoosgé X’óow, a Blanket of Knowledge produced by the institute to celebrate Southeast Alaskan Native traditional cultures.

Tsimshian Talking Circle to Meet
The Tsimshian Talking Circle will meet from 2-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3 at Kolene and Lyle James' house. Any interested persons needing the address and directions should contact Nancy Barnes at 364-2327 or email: auntienancy@hotmail.com. The circle was formed by participants of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Tsimshian summer workshops, taught by Donna May Roberts. “The seed was planted and is growing,” said SHI Tsimshian student Nancy Barnes. Anyone interested in learning the language is invited to attend the meetings. (Listen to a radio story about the Talking Circle by CoastAlaska reporter Ed Schoenfeld) (Tsimshian Words & Phrases) (Audio)

From left, SHI Linguist Keri Edwards; Helen Sarabia, Lilian Austin, Anita Lafferty, Sealaska President & CEO Chris McNeil, David Katzeek, Beatrice Brown, Sealaska Chairman Albert Kookesh, June Pegues, SHI President Rosita WorlTlingit Speakers Confirm Tlingit Words, Meanings
A group of fluent Tlingit speakers met in January to help SHI develop a Tlingit dictionary. SHI, which also is developing dictionaries for Haida and Tsimshian, will post the bilingual materials online and develop CD-ROMs. The dictionaries will be searchable in both English and the Native language and each entry will include sound files and example sentences. The project is funded through a two-year grant from the Administration for Native Americans.

Applications for 2007 Latseen Now Online
SHI will hold its third annual Latseen Leadership Training in Juneau. The 2007 camp is scheduled June 11-22. (Application) (Brochure) (News Article)

Kusah Hakwaan (A Native Alaskan Legend) DVD Available Through SHI
SHI is now selling Kusah Hawaan, a video about a family in modern-day Alaska that enters a traditional Clan House to listen to their Great Uncle, a Tlingit Elder, reveal the mysteries of Kusah Hakwaan. The Elder weaves an adventurous story of two young brothers, Shawan and Yuntun, who long ago set out to conquer a mythical monster threatening their village. The tale moves between contemporary and spiritual realms, echoing a gripping saga of evil, heroism, and the ancient Trickster Raven. The film Kusah Hakwaan has traveled the world, winning both international awards and critical acclaim. A Sean Morris film produced by Alaskan Nomad Productions...(more)

Hoonah Students Learn Tlingit
SHI Tlingit Language Specialist Yarrow Vaara recently taught Tlingit classes in Hoonah to children in Daphne Wright’s Tlingit class. She used a technique called Total Physical Response, a teaching method that recreates in the classroom the natural way kids learn languages in the home. (Photo courtesy of Daphne Wright)

Donald Gregory teaching Native carving to high school kids in JuneauSix Students Complete Native Carving Class at JDHS
SHI staff Donald Gregory taught Native carving classes through the Juneau-Douglas High School program Choosing Healthy Options in Cooperative Education (CHOICE). It was the third year SHI has taught students enrolled in CHOICE, an alternative program for high school students in grades 9-11. Six students carved Eagle and Raven plaques, which will be displayed at the city library.

Hoonah Artists
Linking to their past, providing for the future; 15 students learn Tlingit weaving and carving
Fifteen Hoonah residents have been busy honing skills that not only connect them to their past, but also help ensure their financial futures. They have been learning Tlingit weaving and carving as part of a three-year art program under the auspices of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, the nonprofit arm of the Juneau-based regional Native corporation, Sealaska...(more)

Scholarship Applications Now Online
SHI is accepting applications for the 2007-2008 school year. Scholarship awards will be made to Sealaska shareholders and descendants enrolled in accredited college, university and voc-tech schools. Applications are posted online for new applicants and current recipients...(more)

SHI Sets Dates for Celebration 2008
SHI will sponsor the next Celebration June 5-7, 2008, in Juneau. The theme will focus on land, said SHI President Rosita Worl, noting the institute plans to release a book identifying Native place names across the region. The institute also is planning to release a book featuring photos of dancers and their regalia at Celebration, a biennial dance and culture festival...(more) (News Article)

Learn Shimalgyak (Tsimshian) for Fun and College Credit
Wie Wa!  Shimalgyak classes are being held at the University of Alaska Southeast on Wednesday nights from 5:15-7pm, room 105 (bottom floor of the library in back behind the bookcases). The second half of the class is being held at the home of Kolene & Lyle James (Norma Jean & Frances Dunne's house) Saturday nights from 5-7pm. Contact Nancy Barnes for the address or for more information at auntienancy@hotmail.com. The Saturday classes are casual – you can bring food if you’d like. It’s a lot of fun – lots of eating, laughter and learning the language and songs!

Interactive version of Shanyaak'utlaax now online!
SHI has posted a new, interactive version of Shanyaak'utlaax (Moldy End or Salmon Boy) online. This version allows students to hear the Tlingit words spoken as they read the book. (This story is recognized as a Kiks.adi story. The version shown here is a rewrite of the "Salmon Boy Legend" taken from the Juneau Indian Studies Program, 1986. This is a much abbreviated version of the actual story).

Kathy Miller, center, an ethnologist and cultural resource coordinator for the Sealaska Heritage Institute, speaks to students Wednesday about the history of Indian Point. About 40 college and high school students are participating this week in the second annual Latseen Leadership Camp. Brian Wallace / Juneau EmpireYoung Natives go to culture 'boot camp'
About 40 young Alaska Native recruits are finishing up an intense, two-week leadership camp in Juneau this week. The students - all descendants of Sealaska Corp. shareholders - stretched their knowledge with rigorous lectures about Native heritage...(more)

SHI Awarded Grant to Document Native Languages
SHI has received a three-year grant to document the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian languages. The $240,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will allow the institute to record, transcribe, translate and publish 90 hours of narratives and conversations in the three indigenous languages of Southeast Alaska (30 hours of each language)...(more)

SHI Releases Sneaky Sounds
SHI has released a book and CD to help language students learn sounds difficult to pronounce in Tlingit. Sneaky Sounds, A Non Threatening Introduction to Tlingit Sounds and Spelling, takes a humorous approach; The book’s second subtitle is Fun with Phonology, Fonology with Phun. The idea behind the book is to introduce students to the sounds of the language in as non-threatening a manner as possible
, said Keri Edwards, Tlingit linguist for SHI. “The sound system is difficult for English speakers to learn, and the book isolates some of the more difficult sounds and points out the subtle differences between them...(more)

Tlingit Phrase of the Week
Hear how to ask a question and respond in Tlingit through this week's Phrase of the Week!

1st Place Winner Ivan D. WilliamsWilliams Takes Top Prize in Black Seaweed Contest
Ivan D. Williams of Angoon won first place on Friday for his black seaweed recipe in the third biennial seaweed contest sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI). Other winners included Karen Bernhardt of Hydaburg, who took second place, and Peggy Williams of Angoon who won third place. Katherine Smith of Kake was given an honorable mention...(more)

Best of Show winner Clarissa Hudson hugs juror Preston SingletaryWinners of Sealaska Juried Art Show Announced
Six artists have taken top awards at the third Sealaska Juried Art Competition in Juneau for best contemporary and traditional Native art. The winners, chosen by jurors Preston Singletary, a Native glass artist, and Aldona Jonaitis, a Northwest Coast art scholar, are...(more)

Celebration 2004, photo by Bill HessCelebration 2006 to Kick Off Next Week
SHI will kick off its biennial Celebration on Thursday, marking the 24th year since the inception of the popular dance and culture festival. The institute anticipates up to 5,000 people from Alaska and the Lower 48 will attend Celebration 2006, scheduled June 1-3 in Juneau at Centennial Hall, the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, the National Guard Armory, Sealaska Plaza and Marine Park. SHI also will announce Juried Art Show winners on May 31 and sponsor a community canoeing event June 4 at Sandy Beach. The theme is Reflections of Our Ancestors in the Faces of Our Children...(more) (Live Internet Stream)

Winners of Sealaska Juried Art Competition to be Announced
SHI will open its third biennial Sealaska Juried Art Show on Wednesday and announce winners of the Native art competition. SHI received applications from 18 Native artists who submitted 59 pieces for consideration. Jurors chose 34 pieces by 14 artists for inclusion in the show, which will run May 31-July 9 at Sealaska Plaza...(more)

Black Seaweed Connoisseurs to Compete for Prizes
A panel of judges will single out the best black seaweed among a pool of contestants during Celebration. The event marks the third, biennial black seaweed contest sponsored by
SHI...(more)

SHI to Release Video About Discovery of Ancient Remains
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is releasing a documentary about the discovery of ancient human remains found in the 1990s and the partnership that arose among Alaska Native people, scientists and government agencies. The 30-minute video, Kuwóot yas.éin (His Spirit is Looking Out From the Cave), will air at noon, Friday and 5 pm, Saturday, June 2-3, during Gavel-to-Gavel Alaska’s coverage of Celebration 2006. The video also will be shown during the festival at Centennial Hall, Friday, June 2...(more)


Scholarships Available for Summer Program at Perseverance Theatre
SHI is offering tuition scholarships for Juneau Perseverance Theatre's STAR Program this summer. The Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous (STAR) is a great 5-week program for youth ages 10-17 who are serious about the theatre. To be eligible for a scholarship the applicant must be a shareholder descendant. Check out the following link to find out more about the program www.perseverancetheatre.org/education/star.html or call Ishmael Hope at 907-364-2421 x226 and ask about auditions and to request scholarship application.

Latseen Leadership Summer Training Applications Released
SHI has posted the 2006 application for its second annual Latseen Leadership Summer Training camp. Students will earn 3 college credits during the high school camp to be held at the University of Alaska Southeast, Auke Lake Campus. SHI has scholarships available for Sealaska shareholders and their descendants. The camp is open to others for a tuition fee and, if necessary, a housing fee. Applications are due July 14. (Application) (Brochure)

SHI Posts Beach Creatures Language Tool on Web
SHI has posted a new language learning tool in its online language resources section. Beach Creatures Posters allows students to learn the Tlingit words for critters common to Southeast shores. The institute encourages teachers to use its language resources in class.

McNeils Endow New Scholarship Fund in Honor of Tlingit Leader
Chris McNeil, Jr., and his wife, Mary, have donated $100 thousand to Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) to endow a new scholarship fund. The fund, named in honor of the late Tlingit leader Judson Lawrence Brown, will support the college education and leadership development of Sealaska shareholders and their descendants, said Chris McNeil, president and CEO of Sealaska...(more)

SHI to Co-Host Symposium, Dinner for Alaska and Canada Haidas
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will co-host a nine-day language symposium for Alaska and Canada Haidas in Ketchikan and Hydaburg this month. The event, which kicks off Tuesday, May 2, is the second such event between Alaskan and Canadian Haidas. The first event was in the summer of 2005, in the Haida communities of Massett and Skidegate in British Columbia, Canada...(more) (Print Schedule)

Interactive Teaching Tools Inspire Native Clothing Line
SHI will include CD-ROMs of two interactive language tools with select t-shirts during Celebration. People who buy SHI's salmon t-shirt and critters t-shirt will also receive CDs, which feature the same imagery as the shirts...(more) (News Article)

New Interactive Tlingit Language Tool Added to Web
SHI has posted another interactive language learning tool in its online language resources section. The My House tool teaches Tlingit phrases for common household items in an interactive environment. Learn the Tlingit words in this highly interactive environment, then take an online quiz! (Print word list) (Download Flash Player) (News Article)

Alaska Airlines Offers Discount on Airfare for Celebration
Alaska Airlines has announced it will offer a 10% discount on airfare to people attending Celebration 2006, scheduled June 1-3. The discount applies to travel from May 27 to June 8, 2006...(more)

New Interactive Tlingit Language Tool Added to Web
SHI has posted another interactive language learning tool in its online language resources section. The Move the Murrelet tool teaches Tlingit phrases such as above the boat and behind the boat in an interactive environment. Learn the Tlingit words in this highly interactive environment, then take an online quiz! (Print word list) (Download Flash Player) (News Article)

SHI Hires Celebration Coordinator
Institute Begins Massive Effort to Organize Biennial Festival

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has hired local businessman Bob Hamilton to spearhead the nonprofit’s massive effort to organize Celebration, a biennial dance and culture festival. Hamilton, former president and general manager of Kootznoowoo Inc., joined SHI in February to coordinate Celebration 2006, scheduled May 31-June 4 in Juneau. Hamilton also serves on SHI’s Board of Trustees...(more) (Radio Actuality) (Photo)

"Listening to Our Ancestors" Exhibit Opens in Washington
"Listening to Our Ancestors: The Art of Native Life along the North Pacific Coast," an 11-community exhibit has opened in Washington, D.C. The exhibit includes more than 400 items from Alaska, Washington state and British Columbia. SHI Trustee Clarence Jackson was a curator for the project, and SHI staff also assisted. Sealaska Corporation made a donation to the exhibit. (News Article) (Radio Story)

SHI Kicks Off Canoe Carving Class
SHI sponsored a canoe carving class in Hoonah in 2006 as part of its Hoonah Arts Program. The class was taught by Native artist Doug Chilton. The program is funded through a three-year grant from the Administration for Native Americans. (Photos)

Juneau residents build a replica of a centuries-old fish trap found in 1989
This project was co-sponsored by SHI and Sealaska Corp...(News Article)

New Interactive Tlingit Language Tool Added to Web
SHI has posted another interactive language learning tool in its online language resources section. The Birds tool teaches users 10 Tlingit words for birds common to Southeast Alaska. Learn the Tlingit words in this interactive environment, then take an online quiz! (Print word list) (Download Flash Player) (News Article)

Michael Penn / Juneau EmpireStudents Celebrate Completion of Tlingit Panels
Auke Bay Elementary School Students celebrated the completion of two painted Tlingit panels that will be hung at the Auke Bay Shelter in 2006. The panels honor the shark and dog salmon people of the Auk Kwáan clans. SHI sponsored the project, which included instruction from artist Donald Gregory and designs from artist Steve Brown...(News Photo)

Tlingit Christmas Phrases Online
SHI has posted a list of Tlingit Christmas Phrases on its language resources section. Sigóowu Kíswas! Sigóowu Yées Táakw!

SHI Wraps Art Fair
SHI held its 9th annual Native art market in Juneau Nov. 2-3. The art market is held at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum in conjunction with the annual Juneau Gallery Walk. Several artists sold and demonstrated their work, which included silver and beaded and woven art. The institute sponsors the fair every year as part of its Native art program. (News Article)

New Interactive Tlingit Language Tool Added to Web
SHI has posted another interactive language learning tool in its online language resources section. The Classroom tool teaches users 24 Tlingit words and phrases, including words for pencil, floor, table, light and chair. Learn the Tlingit words in this interactive environment, then take an online quiz! (Print word list) (Download Flash Player) (News Article)

SHI Posts Collection of Historical Photos Online
In its most ambitious archival project to date, Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has posted a large collection of historical photos on the Internet. The project, funded through a grant from the Institute of Museums and Library Services, is an effort to make the images accessible to the public while protecting the originals from the damage caused by repeated handling. The site, located at www.sealaskaheritage.org/photoarchive, so far features 540 photos, including some of the first Celebration, now in its 23rd year...(more)

New Interactive Tlingit Language Tool Added to Web
SHI has posted another interactive language learning tool in its online language resources section. The Ocean Animals tool teaches users 14 Tlingit words and phrases, including words for Humpback Whale, Seal, Blue Whale and Herring. Learn the Tlingit words in this interactive environment, then take an online quiz! (Print word list) (Download Flash Player) (News Article)

New Interactive Tlingit Language Tool Added to Web
SHI has posted another interactive language learning tool in its online language resources section. The Critters tool teaches users 31 Tlingit words and phrases, including words for Brown Bear, Beaver, Thunderbird, Halibut, Frog, Wolf, Killerwhale, Raven and Eagle. Learn the Tlingit words in this interactive environment, then take an online quiz! (Print word list) Download Flash Player) (News Article)

SHI Receives Grant to Digitize Historical Documents
SHI has received a two-year grant to digitize a large collection of historical documents donated to the institute by Southeast Alaska Native leaders. The collection includes documents tracing the Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement Act, the Native civil rights movement and political activities of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood. “They offer us an opportunity to look at events from a Native point of view. Too often our historical accounts are from other-than the Native point of view,” said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more)

Sealaska Heritage to Co-Sponsor Free Haida Classes
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) and the University of Alaska Southeast are sponsoring Haida courses in Juneau. The three-week course taught by SHI Linguist Jordan Lachler is scheduled from 6-9:30 pm, Oct. 17-21, Nov. 7-11 and Dec. 12-16. The 52.5-hour program is free to anyone who wants to learn Haida. Students who want to earn four academic credits must enroll in AKL 108 and regular UAS charges will apply...(more) (News Article)

Klukwan Kaagwaantaan Clan Leader Joe Hotch near the tunic, held by SHI Ethnologist Kathy MillerOld Tunic Makes Stop in Juneau on Way Home
An old Chilkat Brown Bear tunic repatriated by the Klukwan Kaagwaantaan made a stop in Juneau today on its way home. Sealaska Heritage Institute held a reception for the tunic, Kaagwaantaan Clan Leader Joe Hotch and other Kaagwaantaans. The institute repatriated the clan treasure from the Phoebe Hearst Museum in California on behalf of the Kaagwaantaan...(more) (Radio Actuality) (News Article)

Old Chilkat Tunic to be Repatriated to Klukwan Clan
Sealaska Heritage Institute to Attempt Removal of Contaminants
A California museum next week will return an old Chilkat Brown Bear tunic to the Kaagwaantaan Clan in Klukwan. Sealaska Heritage Institute repatriated the tunic from the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology on behalf of the clan, which considers it a clan treasure and ceremonial property or at.óow. “It’s important that it comes back to the clan,” said Joe Hotch, Klukwan Kaagwaantaan Clan Leader. “It means strength to those who receive anything that belonged to our ancestors.” However, tests and records show the tunic is contaminated with DDT, mercury and arsenic, said SHI President Rosita Worl, noting curators years ago used pesticides and other hazardous substances to protect objects from insects, rodents and decay...(more) (Radio Actuality) (News Article)

SHI Accepting Applications from Artists for Native Arts and Crafts Fair
SHI will sponsor its 11th annual Native Arts and Crafts Fair in December to give Native artists a winter venue to sell and promote their handmade art work.
The two-day fair, held during the popular Juneau Gallery Walk, will be at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The museum, a co-sponsor of the event, is located at 4th and Main streets. Artists who want to participate should contact the institute at 463-4844. The deadline to submit an application is Nov. 15. The fee is $25 per artist.

New Photo Albums Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! These 11 new albums feature mostly black-and-white photos of cultural objects from the mid 1900s. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben! (The photo collection of William Paul, Jr. and the artwork of Ben Paul will show at the Upstairs Gallery at the Capitol Hill U-Frame-It, 1822 Broadway, Seattle Washington Oct. 7-Nov. 11, 2005)

New Photo Albums Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! These five new albums feature mostly black-and-white photos of cultural objects from the mid 1900s. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

Production of Salmon Boy Play Wraps
SHI co-sponsored a summer theater program with Juneau's Perseverance Theatre. The Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous (STAR) is a great 5-week program for youth ages 10-17 who are serious about the theatre. The play was of Moldy End or Salmon Boy, a traditional story. The play was performed at the University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau Campus. (Photos)

New Photo Albums Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! These five new albums feature mostly black-and-white photos of cultural objects from the mid 1900s. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

Nathan Jackson and intern Bill Pfeiffer (2005)Sealaska Shareholders Invited to House Post Finishing and Weaving Event in Seattle
All Sealaska shareholders and their descendants are invited to the unveiling ceremony of two new Tlingit house posts. The posts, created by Nathan Jackson and his son Stephen Jackson, will be on permanent display at the Burke Museum. The ceremony is scheduled 3:30-5 p.m. followed by a reception. RSVP by Aug. 25 @ 206-543-9539. Space is limited, reservations required. S
ealaska Heritage Institute co-sponsored the Totem Pole Project...(more) (Photos)

SHI Posts Interactive Language Learning Tool
SHI has posted an interactive language learning tool in its online language resources section. The tool is called Héen Táak, which means the "bottom of a body of water" in Tlingit. Learn the Tlingit words for Alaska's five salmon species, halibut, rock, sand and kelp in this interactive environment, then take an online quiz! (News Article)

Master carvers Ray Peck (background) and Jim Marks carving a totem at Sealaska PlazaSHI Hosts Webcast of Totem Project
SHI is hosting a live webcam on its website showing master carvers Ray Peck and Jim Marks carving a totem pole. The web venture will mark the first time the institute has broadcast a Native art project live on the Internet, said Dr. Rosita Worl, president of the institute...(more) (Radio Actualities) Click here to see webcam, then click "login" (Java software required. Click here for free download) (News Article) (News Photo) (Project ended in early September)

Latseen students practice capoeira, a combat dance from BrazilSHI Wraps Summer Language Program in Juneau
SHI in August sponsored its annual Sealaska Kusteeyi Program and a 10-day Latseen Leadership Training camp at the University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau campus. The Latseen camp was 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 camp was attended by 46 youths: 20 were high school juniors and seniors from Southeast Alaska; 18 were enrolled in the Preparing Indigenous Teachers for Alaska Schools program and eight were interns at Sealaska Corporation. The camp included courses on Beginning Tlingit, Native Social Organization and Spirituality, math using Tlingit armor and physical education. (Photos) (News Article)

SHI Awarded Grant to Establish Dispute Resolution Process for Repatriation
Sealaska Heritage Institute has received a grant to establish a dispute-resolution process to resolve conflicts between clans over cultural objects. The 18-month grant for $70,000 from the National Park Service, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) program, also will fund development of a website to serve as a clearinghouse of information on repatriation activities in Southeast Alaska. SHI was directed to pursue the project in December by the Sealaska Council of Traditional Scholars, a panel of clan leaders and Elders who advise the institute on its language and culture programs. SHI will consult with the council and clan leaders throughout the region on the project...(more) (Radio Actualities)

SHI Wraps Tlingit Summer Camp in Juneau
Sealaska Heritage Institute wrapped a summer camp in Juneau for children enrolled in the Tlingit K-5 class at Harborview. The annual camps, also held in Klukwan, are funded through a three-year grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education. The goal is to ease students' transition into school and to improve language skills. Click here for more information on the successful Tlingit K-5 program in Juneau. (Photos) (News Article)

SHI Publishes Tlingit Phrasebook and CD
Sealaska Heritage Institute has produced a phrasebook and CD of commonly spoken Tlingit phrases as one of the institute’s multiple efforts to revitalize the endangered Native language. The phrasebook, Lingít X’éináx Áx! Hear it in Tlingit, was adapted from Lingít X’éináx Sá! Say it in Tlingit, which was published by SHI in 2002. However, the CD offers new phrases and topic areas and allows users to hear the words. “We decided we needed a mini phrasebook of the most commonly spoken phrases together with a CD so people can read it and also hear the sounds,” said Dr. Rosita Worl, president of SHI...(more) (Radio Actualities) (Shop)

New Photos Added to Totem Project Web
Totem carvers Nathan Jackson, Stephen Jackson and two interns are nearing completion of posts for the Burke Museum. The project is sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute. The posts will replace two house posts from the Tlingit village of Gaash that were returned by the museum to Cape Fox Corporation in July 2001. The new posts are original designs, not meant to be replicas, but contemporary expressions based on the Teikweidi Tlingit story of Kaats, the grizzly bear hunter, who married a grizzly bear and was eventually killed by his bear children...(more) (Photos)

SHI Sponsors Northwest Coast Design Class
SHI held a Beginning/Intermediate class on Northwest Coast design in Hoonah June 14-19. The class, taught by artist Robert Hoffman, was part of a three-year Native art program in Hoonah sponsored by the institute. Students who complete the program are eligible for college credit from the University of Alaska Southeast. The program is sponsored through a grant from the Administration for Native Americans.

Tlingit Language Immersion Retreat Wraps
SHI held a Tlingit Language Immersion Retreat July 5-14 in Angoon. The goal is to increase Tlingit fluency and to mentor aspiring Tlingit teachers. The program is sponsored through a grant from the Administration for Native Americans. (Photos)

SHI Recruiting Students for Latseen Summer Camp
SHI is recruiting Alaska Native high school juniors and seniors to participate in its Latseen Summer Camp. Students will earn college credit while learning the art of leadership by building physical and spiritual strength -- called Latseen in Tlingit. The institute will award scholarships to 20 students for tuition, meals and lodging. The camp is scheduled August 3-13 at the University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau campus. Dionne Cadiente-Laiti at 586-9264 or dionne.cadientelaiti@sealaska.com for more information...
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SHI Awarded Grant to Document Human Migration Ancient History
Project dovetails with new scientific theories on the peopling of the Americas
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has received a $40 thousand grant to document human migration oral traditions owned by eight Southeast Alaska clans. The grant from the National Park Service will allow SHI to collect 16 clan songs pertaining to origin and migration stories, along with any associated oral history and dance movements through interviews with clan members and Elders. The institute will record the information, transcribe it in Tlingit and translate and transcribe it in English. SHI will archive and protect the materials so they may be of use to Native groups, scholars, archaeologists and historians...(more) (Radio Actuality) (News Article) (News Article)

Steve Brown interprets an old Chilkat robe at the Sealaska PlazaSHI Sponsors Chilkat Design Class
SHI sponsored a Chilkat design class for Sealaska shareholders and their descendants in June. The class, taught by artist Steve Brown, covered basic form-line design principles based on traditional Tlingit work from the nineteenth century and before. Chilkat design is based on 18th century Tlingit and Tsimshian design work, so the class explored examples of this style from the historic period.

SHI Releases Summer Native Language Program Schedule
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will offer Native language classes June-August in Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian this summer. SHI will sponsor its language programs in four locations, including Ketchikan, Angoon, Haines and Juneau. The institute also for the first time is partnering with the Ketchikan Indian Corporation’s Johnson O’Malley program to offer the Ketchikan classes. “These programs will not only introduce the beginner to the language but also to those who want to teach the language to others. So it has multiple resources for the language learner as well as the language teacher,” said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more) (Schedule) (News Article)

New Language Resources on the Web
SHI has added posters showing Tlingit words for basic and complex colors to its Language Resources section. The institute encourages students and teachers to use its online resources to perpetuate and revitalize Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian languages. (Basic Colors Poster) (Complex Colors Poster)

SHI Co-Publishes Master Reference for Haida Language
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has co-published a major dictionary of the Haida language, one of the most endangered Native languages in Southeast Alaska. The Haida Dictionary, compiled by author John Enrico and co-published by the Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, is the most complete record ever published of Haida. “This master work by John Enrico will be a valuable resource for our language teachers and learners. It is a major contribution to the field of Haida linguistics," said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more) (
Radio Actuality) (News Article) (Shop)

Sealaska Hosts Archives Workshop
Sealaska Corporation in June hosted the Alaska State Archives Archival Training workshop in Juneau. SHI Archivist Sorrel Goodwin, who helped organize the conference, called it a wonderful collaboration between Sealaska and the Alaska State Archives and the UAA Archives, sponsors of the event. The workshop was aimed at librarians, curators, historical society people, school staff and Native culture specialists in Southeast Alaska. It was attended by professionals from across the state. SHI cares for a vast collection of cultural documents, recordings and objects. (See Collections)

SHI Hosts Scholar of Linguistics
SHI hosted linguistics student Seth Cable, a doctoral candidate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Spring 2005. Seth, whose wife has Tlingit relatives, became interested in the language after entering MIT's doctoral program and used materials produced by SHI to study it. He came to SHI as a visiting scholar to consult with Tlingit speakers Johnny Marks and David Katzeek. Seth was interested in looking at the order of words in questions versus the order of words in declarative sentences in Tlingit. He plans to work in linguistics after he graduates from MIT, one of the country’s top schools for that field.

Ancient Fish Trap on Exhibit in Juneau
SHI is co-sponsoring an exhibit at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum of an ancient fish trap discovered in 1991. The basketry-style fish trap was excavated from Montana Creek in Juneau and radiocarbon dated between 500-700 years old. Basketry fish traps are rarely found and little local archaeological material can be seen on exhibit in the capital city.  The museum is located at 4th and Main Streets. The fish trap will be on permanent display. (Photos)

Scholarships Available for Summer Program at Perseverance Theatre
SHI is offering tuition scholarships for Juneau Perseverance Theatre's STAR Program this summer. The Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous (STAR) is a great 5-week program for youth ages 10-17 who are serious about the theatre. To be eligible for a scholarship the applicant must be a shareholder descendant. Check out the following link to find out more about the program www.perseverancetheatre.org/education/star.html or call David Charles Goyette at 907-364-2421 x223 or Ishmael Hope at 907-364-2421 x226 and ask about auditions and to request scholarship application. (Brochure)

Shareholder Donates Art for Sealaska Scholarship Program
Artist and shareholder Joseph James has donated art to SHI to help fund the Sealaska scholarship program, which is administered by the institute. Joseph James made the announcement at the Anchorage shareholder community meeting on May 13, saying "The best thing Sealaska has ever done is pay scholarships to our students. The program is so important that I would like to donate some of my art for SHI to auction for the benefit of the scholarship program." Sealaska awarded 416 scholarship awards for the 2005-2006 academic year. The meeting at the Anchorage Sheraton drew 177 shareholders, the largest turnout of the seven community meetings held this spring.

Applications for Summer Language Program Available
Applications for SHI's Sealaska Kusteeyi Program (SKP) and Tlingit immersion retreats are now available online. The application is for the institute's SKP classes in Juneau. A separate application for SKP classes in Ketchikan will be available soon. Please check back! The immersion retreats will be held in Angoon and Haines this year. (Application) (Schedule)

SHI Awarded Tlingit Language Grant
Sealaska Heritage Institute is one of 26 organizations nationwide to receive a grant through a new federal program to digitally archive endangered Native languages. The $266,000 award from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities will advance the institute’s efforts to revitalize Tlingit, one of the most endangered languages in Southeast Alaska...(more)

New Subsistence Regulations for Halibut Take Effect
Subsistence II rules for halibut went into effect on May 5, meaning eligible tribes and communities may apply for the Community Harvest Permits, Ceremonial Permits, and Educational Permits. This also means that the gear and harvest limits in Area 2C decrease to 30 hooks and 20 halibut per vessel. The gear and harvest limits in Area 4C, 4D, and 4E are removed with this rule. The Final Rule and the new permit applications are posted at: www.fakr.noaa.gov/ram/subsistence/halibut.htm

SHI Spring Language Activities at a Glance
SHI language staff has been developing Native language curriculum and other materials in preparation for upcoming Tlingit and Haida language classes. SHI also is holding camps in Klukwan and Juneau for children. In addition to the institute's summer language workshops (SKP) in Juneau and Ketchikan, three Tlingit courses and one Haida course will be offered through the University of Alaska Southeast September-December (schedule). Click here to see photos of recent language activities.

Alaska Native Elders go to Washington, D.C., for Collections Project
Four Alaska Native Elders made a poignant and often emotional trip to Washington, D.C., this month to share information about ancient Tlingit and Haida objects held by the Smithsonian Institution. The trip, sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Arctic Studies Center, marked the beginning of a consultation among the Elders, the institute and the Smithsonian on the museum’s Alaska Collections Project. One of the highlights of the trip came when the delegation saw a Teikweidí clan hat with a Bear and tinaá, said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more) (Photos)

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos of Juneau homes and people from the mid 1900s. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

SHI To Host Celebration for Haida Language Students
Sealaska Heritage Institute is hosting a celebration for students who recently completed 100 hours of classroom instruction in Haida, one of the most endangered Native languages in Southeast Alaska. “We want to commemorate the achievement of these students,” said Rosita Worl, president of the institute. “They are leading the way in revitalizing the Haida language...”(more)

SHI Hosts Juneau Reception for Tlingit Author
Sealaska Heritage Institute hosted a reception on April 1 for Miranda Belarde-Lewis (Tlingit/Zuni) and Lydia Mills, author and subject of Meet Lydia: A Native Girl from Southeast Alaska...(more) (Photos) (News Article)

Elders Help USFS Make Over Book on Tlingit Food

Publication features recipes, preparation, detailed descriptions of how to dry fish
(News Article)

Tsimshian Talking Circle to Meet
The Tsimshian Talking Circle will meet from 2-4 pm, Saturday, April 2, to practice speaking the Tsimshian (Shimalgyak) language. The circle was formed by participants of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Tsimshian summer workshops, taught by Donna May Roberts. “The seed was planted and is growing,” said SHI Tsimshian student Nancy Barnes. Anyone interested in learning the language is invited to attend the meetings. For more information contact Nancy Barnes at 364-2327 or auntienancy@hotmail.com. (Listen to a radio story by CoastAlaska reporter Ed Schoenfeld)

Haida Language Program Photos
Sealaska Heritage Institute in 2005 sponsored Haida language workshops in Hydaburg. The institute's linguists use a technique called Total Physical Response to teach the language, one of the most endangered Native languages in Southeast Alaska. The method incorporates physical activites, such as the game Twister seen in the following images, to help students retain information...(photos)

Celebration 2006 to be held in Juneau June 1-3
SHI To Explore Possibility of Mini-Celebrations
Sealaska Heritage Institute has decided to hold Celebration 2006 in Juneau instead of changing venues for the first time since its inception, an idea floated by SHI late last year. The institute made the decision on Wednesday after its board of trustees reviewed bids from Ketchikan and the capital city, which offered a total of $15,000, in-kind support to help fund security and a pledge to help the institute secure additional sponsors. Celebration 2006 will be held June 1-3...(more) (Radio Actualities)

SHI's Yarrow Vaara reads "Moldy End," a Tlingit story book produced by the instituteSealaska Heritage Institute Field Trip
Sealaska Heritage Institute staff hosted a class of students from Auke Bay Elementary School at the Sealaska building on March 1. The goal was to teach the kids about some aspects of Native culture. In the photo at left, Language Project Assistant Yarrow Vaara reads to the students "Moldy End," a Tlingit story book produced by the institute in 2004.

Acclaimed Art Expert Heading to Hoonah
One of the country’s leading scholars on Northwest Coast art history will teach classes in Hoonah this week for a program sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute. Aldona Jonaitis, director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum of the North and author of several books on Northwest Coast art, is highly regarded in art and museum circles nationwide, said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more) (Radio Actualities)

New House Posts to be Unveiled at Burke Museum in 2005
Two house posts by Nathan and Stephen Jackson will be installed at the Burke Museum as part of a project co-sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute. The poles will replace two house poles from the Tlingit village of Gaash that were returned by the museum to Cape Fox Corporation in July 2001...(more) (Photos

Council of Traditional Scholars Meets
Sealaska Heritage convened its Council of Traditional Scholars in December. The Council meets periodically to give guidance to the institute on its language and culture programs. (Photos)

Scholarship Applications Now Available Online
Sealaska Heritage has posted printable online applications for students pursuing Sealaska scholarships to attend college, university, and vocational and technical schools.

New Photo Albums Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul in December donated to SHI copies of old images of Native people posing as tuberculosis patients. Ben's father, William Paul, Jr., took the photos in the mid 1900s for the book "The Home Care of the Tuberculosis" by Frances Paul. Ben donated the images in Photo Album 31 and Photo Album 32 in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. He also hopes viewers will help identify the people in the photos. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

Sealaska Heritage Holds Tlingit Teacher Workshop
Sealaska Heritage in December held a workshop to acquaint Tlingit teachers with tools SHI is developing to teach the language. On Dec. 14, the teachers practiced using Tlingit playing cards. (Photos)

Sealaska Heritage Holds Language Orthography Workshop
Sealaska Heritage in December sponsored an orthography workshop for the Tlingit language. (Photos)

Sealaska Heritage Publishes Tlingit Story Book
Sealaska Heritage Institute has published a Tlingit story book designed to teach the language to children. Shanyaak’utlaax, known in English as “Moldy End,” is about a young boy who shows disrespect to the Salmon People by throwing away a piece of fish. The Salmon People bring him into their world where he lives for a number of years, until one day he reaches his family’s stream. He returns home a changed young man who has acquired a deep respect and appreciation for the Salmon People...(more) (News Article)

Sealaska Heritage Co-Sponsors Art Class
SHI sponsored a Native art workshop in November and December led by artist Steve Brown, who taught students the history of design styles, basic elements in design and how to compose elements into proper design during the 3-day class in Juneau. (News Article)

Sealaska Heritage to Explore Other Venues for Celebration
Sealaska Heritage Institute for the first time will seek bids from Alaska communities to host Celebration, one of the largest Native cultural events in the state. The institute (SHI) usually holds the popular, biennial festival in Juneau. However, the Native nonprofit group’s board of trustees elected this year to explore other venues for Celebration 2006 in hopes of easing the financial burden on the institute, said SHI President Dr. Rosita Worl...(more) (Radio Actualities) (News Article)

Sacred Site Nominated for National Register Gets State Nod
A state panel has endorsed an effort by Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) to extend federal protective status to an important traditional cultural property in Juneau. The Alaska Historical Commission on Monday approved the institute’s application to list Indian Point on the National Register of Historic Places. The matter now goes to the National Park Service for review. If the park service gives final approval, the roughly 78-acre site at 14 mile Glacier Highway will become the first traditional cultural property in Alaska to make the list…(more) (News Article)

Sealaska Heritage Author Receives Award for Literature
A Tlingit writer who has co-authored several important Native books for Sealaska Heritage Institute is one of five artists nationwide to win a 2005 Community Spirit Award from the First Peoples Fund. Nora Marks Dauenhauer of Juneau was chosen for her contributions to literature, according to the Fund, a Native organization in South Dakota founded in 1995 to honor and support the creative community-centered First People’s artists and nurture the collective spirit that allows them to sustain their people...(more) (Photo) (News Article)

Sealaska Heritage Launches Language Resources Project
Sealaska Heritage Institute has launched an online project to share Native language tools with language students and teachers. The language resources project so far includes the Tlingit alphabet, a Tlingit phrase of the week section and a children’s book written in Tlingit called Salmon Boy, recently produced by SHI and posted in a printable form. The alphabet and Tlingit phrases may be read on the web and also heard by clicking on them. The alphabet section includes audio of sounds plus words that incorporate the sounds...(more) (News Article)

from left, SHI trustees Marlene Johnson and Walter Soboleff and SHI President Rosita WorlArtist Donates Winning Art to Sealaska Heritage Institute
Native artist William Pfeifer has donated his "Raven's Dream" silver spoon to Sealaska Heritage. The spoon won third place for traditional art at the 2004 Sealaska Juried Art Show and Competition. The gift was received by SHI trustees Marlene Johnson and Walter Soboleff and SHI President Rosita Worl on Sept. 30, 2004. Two other pieces made by Pfeifer also were selected for inclusion in the show, which ran through July 2 in the Sealaska lobby.

SHI Receives Award from Governor for Language Revitalization Efforts
SHI was one of two organizations to receive the 2004 Governor’s Humanities Distinguished Cultural Service Award for its “important language revitalization efforts.” Gov. Frank Murkowski honored SHI staff in a public ceremony with the award, which recognizes individuals or organizations demonstrating exemplary vision, creativity or support for public humanities programs on the local, regional and/or state level...(more) (Photos)

National Museum of the American Indian Opens in Washington, D.C.
Sealaska Heritage and Sealaska Corporation gave logistical support to a delegation of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian who traveled to Washington, D.C., for the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian in September 2004. "The Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian were absolutely regal in their appearance and being," said SHI President Rosita Worl, a founding and current member of the NMAI who helped guide the massive construction project. "We made a definite national and international statement about our survival and vitality as a People." (News Article) (News Article) (Photos

Sealaska Heritage Wraps Tlingit Immersion Retreats
Sealaska Heritage held two 10-day Tlingit immersion retreats in August in Sitka and Hoonah. During the retreats, participants immersed themselves in the language by speaking only in Tlingit. The retreats were funded through a 3-year grant from the Administration for Native Americans. (Photos) (Hoonah Newsletter Article

Sealaska Heritage Sponsors Carving Class
Sealaska Heritage held a carving class in Hoonah in August for its Hoonah Arts Project. The class was taught by artist Ray Peck. The project also includes classes in weaving and is funded through a grant from the Administration for Native Americans. (Photos)

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos of people from the mid 1900s. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

Playwright adapts Native story for kids
Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous performances conclude today, Saturday
This March, Perseverance Theatre and Sealaska Heritage Institute invited local playwright Merry Ellefson to adapt the Native story "The Woman Who Married The Bear" for its Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous children's program. Ellefson had never adapted a play before, nor was she very familiar with the mores and history of Tlingit culture...(News Article) (Radio Story by CoastAlaska Reporter Ed Schoenfeld)

Sealaska Heritage Gears Up for Immersion Retreats
Click here to view and print Hoonah Immersion Retreat schedule.

Sealaska Heritage Receives Native Curriculum Grant
Sealaska Heritage Institute has received an $850,000 federal grant to prepare Southeast Alaska Native high school students for college by increasing their competency in math, science and history. The award from the U.S. Dept. of Education will be distributed over three years and includes funds to develop culturally relevant curriculum in math, science and history; to incorporate the curriculum into high school classes; and to provide workshops for teachers...(more) (Radio Actuality) (News Article) (Radio Story)

Scientists to Speak About Long Ago Person Found
Scientists Petra Mudie and James H. Dickson will give a free lecture next week in Juneau on their study of ancient human remains discovered in the high mountains of northwest British Columbia. The remains, known in Tlingit as Kwaday Dan T'sinchi  (Long Ago Person Found), were unearthed in 1999 at the edge of a receding glacier.  The lecture is scheduled 6-9:00 p.m., Aug. 5, in the fourth-floor boardroom of the Sealaska building in downtown Juneau. It is free of charge and open to the public...(more)

Sealaska Heritage Says Goodbye to Sociolinguist
Sealaska Heritage on Thursday said goodbye to Sociolinguist Roy Mitchell, who has spearheaded the institute's language revitalization efforts in recent years. SHI President Rosita Worl thanked Roy for introducing the teaching technique Total Physical Response, which has proven to be an effective method for teaching Native languages. "That is his great contribution that he made to Southeast Alaska Native languages, and we shall always appreciate that," Worl said to staff at a going-away party. "You’ve really been an inspiration to us as a community." Roy is leaving Alaska for California to pursue his dissertation.

Links to Documents from Native Education Forums
Language/Culture Policy Sample (from the Washington State Board of Education First People's Language/Culture Teacher Certification Pilot Program); Second Forum Summary; Working Group; For Working Group Tools, please see http://www.ankn.uaf.edu/standards/; Southeast Alaska Native Education Status Report; June 15 Group Reports; Materials and Resources; Curriculum Info from the Effie Kokrine Charter School; New Zealand Herald Article on Maori Language Efforts; Improving Academic Performance by Bill Demmert; Sitka Tribal Council Resolution; Southeast Alaska Native Educators Association Resolution; Sealaska Heritage Council of Traditional Scholars Resolution; SE Early College High School Concept Paper & Work Plan; Juneau Empire Editorial: Time to beef up Native education. The Native Education Forums are co-sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Sealaska Heritage Job Openings
Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications for curriculum specialists and an education director...(more)

Sealaska Heritage to Offer Tlingit Immersion Retreats
Sealaska Heritage Institute is offering two Tlingit immersion retreats in Hoonah and near Sitka this summer in an effort to revitalize the endangered language. Tlingit speakers and serious students of the language will live in a Tlingit-speaking world 24 hours a day from Aug. 9-19 during the institute’s Tlingit immersion retreat at Icy Strait Lodge in Hoonah. A second retreat is scheduled Aug. 11-21 near Sitka at Dog Point Fish
 Camp...(more)

Sealaska Heritage Job Opening
CURRICULUM SPECIALIST: Work with a team of linguists and fluent speakers to develop and field test curriculum & materials for Native language immersion programs in elementary grades, help coordinate and evaluate projects, draft performance reports, develop community relations. Must have at least a baccalaureate degree in Education or related field and two years experience at elementary grade level. Job description available. Send cover letter, resume and names of 3 references to Keri Edwards at Sealaska Heritage Institute,
One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 301, Juneau, AK 99801. The Institute is a nonprofit organization founded by Sealaska Corporation. Shareholder preference. Open until filled. Selection process will begin July 26.

Sealaska Heritage Accepting Applications for Sitka & Hoonah Tlingit Immersion Retreats
Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications for its annual Tlingit language immersion retreats. The first retreat is scheduled August 9 through August 19 at Icy Strait Lodge in Hoonah. A second retreat is scheduled August 11 through August 21 at Dog Point Fish Camp in Sitka. Tlingit speakers and serious students of the language will live in a Tlingit-speaking world 24 hours a day during the retreats. For more information call Catrina Mitchell at 463-4844. (
Application)

Juneau Tlingit & Tsimshian Workshop to Begin July 19
Sealaska Heritage Institute
is accepting applications for its annual Native language workshop in Juneau. The workshop starts Monday, July 19, at the University of Alaska Southeast and runs through July 30...(more) (Class Schedule) (
Application)

Sealaska Heritage Wraps Haida Language Workshop
Sealaska Heritage Institute held a Haida workshop June 21-July 1, 2004, in Ketchikan for students of the language. Sociolinguist Jordan Lachler, Cherilyn Holter and Linda Schraek of the institute were assisted by Haida-speaking Elders Erma Lawrence of Ketchikan, Julie Coburn of Kasaan, Alma Cook of Hydaburg, Viola Burgess of Hydaburg, Anna Peele of Hydaburg and Charles Natkong, Sr., of Hydaburg.
(Photos)

Sealaska Heritage Receives Clan Hat Grant
Sealaska Heritage Institute has received a $71,000 federal grant to document and establish clan ownership of Southeast Alaska clan hats held by museums outside the state. The grant, awarded under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, will fund efforts to photograph and videotape the clan hats, one of the most important cultural objects in modern and historical ceremonies...(more) (Radio Actuality) (News Article) (Radio Story by CoastAlaska reporter Ed Schoenfeld)

Educators and Native Groups Hold Education Forum
Local educators and Native organizations are working on a plan to improve Native achievement in the Juneau schools. The group met for the first time Tuesday at ANB Hall. The effort is sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute, the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70 and the Tlingit-Haida Central Council...(News Article)

Scholarships Available for Summer Program at Perseverance Theatre
SHI is offering tuition scholarships for Juneau Perseverance Theatre's STAR Program this summer and there are only five scholarships remaining. This is a great 5-week program for youth ages 10-17. To be eligible for a scholarship the applicant must be a shareholder descendant. Check out the following link to find out more about the program and how to register: www.perseverancetheatre.org/education/star.html

Winners of the Black Seaweed Competition Announced
Two sisters from Kake took top prizes at the Sealaska Black Seaweed Contest judged in Juneau on Friday. Marian Adams won first place for her batch of black seaweed, judged tops by judges during Celebration 2004, a biennial Native dance and culture festival sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute...(more)
(Video: Windows Media or RealOne) (News Article)

Winners of the Sealaska Juried Art Competition Announced
Six artists have taken top awards at the second Sealaska Juried Art Show and Competition in Juneau for best contemporary and traditional Native art...(more (Video: Windows Media or RealOne)

Celebration 2004 to Kick Off Thursday to Anticipated Record Crowd
Sealaska Heritage Institute anticipates a record number of people next week will attend Celebration 2004, a biennial dance-and-culture festival that has grown so huge in popularity it has spawned interest in dance groups outside the region and the state. The Institute had to turn away nine dance groups from the Lower 48 and outside Southeast that applied to participate in the Juneau festival this year for lack of space, said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more)

Winners of Sealaska Juried Art Competition to be Announced
Sealaska Heritage Institute
will host a public opening Wednesday to announce the winners of the biennial Sealaska Juried Art Show and Competition for Native artists. SHI received applications from 22 Native artists who submitted 46 pieces for consideration. The winning artists will attend the reception to meet the public and to talk about their art, which is for sale...(more)

Seaweed Aficiondos to Compete for Prizes
Southeast Alaska Natives with a penchant for preparing black seaweed will compete for prizes during Celebration 2004.
Sealaska Heritage Institute will hold its second biennial black seaweed contest 9 a.m., Friday, June 4, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. The Elders will judge the seaweed, which must be submitted by 5 p.m., Thursday, June 3...(more)

New! Community Bulletin Board
SHI has added a community bulletin board to its web so people may use the site to share information with others. To submit information, please contact SHI at shiwebmaster@sealaska.com

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos of Hydaburg from the mid 1900s. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

Tlingit Summer Camps Open
The teachers at Harborview Elementary School in Juneau are registering children for the 4th Annual Summer Culture Camp. The camp is open to children enrolled in the K-2 Tlingit Language and Culture Class (also known as the Tlingit K-4 program) and incoming Kindergartners. The camp, meant to give students a jump start on the new school year, is sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute through a federal grant. (Flyer)

William Paul, Jr., Collection to be Featured in Show
The North Seattle Community College will exhibit photos from the William Paul, Jr., Collection April 8-May 8, 2004. The William Paul, Jr., Collection also is featured on the Sealaska Heritage Institute website, courtesy of Paul's son, Ben Paul.

Native Elders Devise New Tlingit Words
Sealaska Heritage Institute convened a panel of Tlingit Elders March 25-26 in Juneau to help devise new Tlingit words. The Elders spoke in Tlingit, which was translated and transmitted to headsets worn by SHI's Tlingit language specialists and other audience members.

Juneau Students Get Lesson in Native Art Design
Tlingit artist and SHI employee Donald Gregory taught a Native art class at the Juneau-Douglas High School in February, 2004. Students carved and painted either Raven or Eagle wooden plaques. (Photos) (Video: Windows Media or RealOne).

Photos of Traditional Scholars Meeting in February
Sealaska Heritage Institute convened the Council of Traditional Scholars in 2004 to get guidance on the Institute's language and culture programs. The meeting marked the first time SHI used a real-time Tlingit interpretation system. As the scholars spoke in Tlingit, Fred White and David Katzeek translated the Tlingit to English. The translations were broadcast to wireless headsets worn by audience members...(Photos)

Celebration 2004 Applications Available Online
Juried Art Show and Competition application information, Dance Group application information and Native Artists Market application are available online.

SHI Posts Job Announcement in Tlingit
(News story by KNBA-FM reporter Dixie Hutchinson)

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos of Hydaburg from the mid 1900s. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

SHI to Hold Black Seaweed Contest During Celebration
The Celebration Committee of Sealaska Heritage Institute will hold a black seaweed contest during Celebration 2004. The names of the three judges will remain confidential until Celebration. The Grand prize for the seaweed King or Queen will be $500.00; Second Prize $250.00; and Third Prize $100.00...(more)

Native Elder to Appear in Photo Essay
Elder Nancy Jackson is scheduled to appear in a photo essay by the Anchorage Daily News on Ravens. Photographer Bob Hallinen, who has worked on the photo essay for several years, shot Jackson at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau in January. Sealaska Heritage Institute helped to set up the photo shoot.

Scholarship Applications Now Online
Click here to print scholarship application for students planning to attend university or voc-tech schools. Deadline to submit application is March 1, 2004.

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos from the mid 1900s showing Native people. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

Sealaska Heritage Institute Opens Ketchikan Office
SHI has opened a new office and significantly expanded its staff in an effort to perpetuate Haida, one of the most endangered Native languages in Southeast Alaska. The number of fluent Haida speakers has dwindled to fewer than a dozen people ranging in age from early 80s to more than 100 years. “The situation is urgent because time is running out,” said SHI President Rosita Worl, noting the institute will hire the remaining speakers to work on projects...(more)
(Radio Story by Deanna Garrison, KRBD-FM)

Weaver Delores Churchill Receives Arts Award
Master basket weaver Delores Churchill received the Governor's Award for Native Arts Oct. 30 in Anchorage. The award is given in honor of Native artists and organizations for their creative contributions to the state. Churchill, who also teaches basket weaving, was nominated for the award by Sealaska Heritage Institute.

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos from the mid 1900s showing Native people. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

SHI Awarded $1.4 Million Grant for Haida Language Immersion
Sealaska Heritage Institute has received a $1.4 million federal grant to improve academic achievement of children through Haida language immersion. The three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Alaska Native Education Program, is to fund development of Haida immersion curriculum for grades K-2 and to teach instructors to use the new materials...(more) (Video: Windows Media or RealOne). The federal program founded by U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens also included funds to expand the Tlingit K-4 program in Juneau to 5th grade. (News Article) The Tlingit K-4 program was initially funded through a grant to SHI.

SHI Awarded Grant to Digitize Historical Photos
A federal agency has awarded a $147,639 grant to Sealaska Heritage Institute to digitize and post on the Internet a large collection of historical photos owned by SHI and Sealaska Corp...(more) (News Article)

SHI Launches Native Art Website
Sealaska Heritage Institute has launched a new website for Alaska Native artists. The site, www.alaskanativeartists.com, showcases Native art for sale and includes profiles and photos of the artists. The goal of www.alaskanativeartists.com is to give Native artists a new venue to sell their art, to promote traditional and contemporary Native art, to educate the public about Native art and culture and to help support SHI programs...(more) (News Article). For more information, visit the site or e-mail alaskanativeartists@sealaska.com.

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos from the mid 1900s showing Native people. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

SHI Awarded Native Arts Grant
A federal agency has awarded to Sealaska Heritage Institute a grant of $363,500 to operate a 3-year Native arts program and to publish two books on art forms. SHI will use a portion of the grant award from the Administration for Native Americans to fund Native carving and basket-weaving classes from 2004-2006 in Hoonah, the largest Tlingit village in Southeast. The federal grant also will help fund two books on carving and weaving to teach the art forms to future artists...(more) (Video: Windows Media or RealOne)

SHI Receives Old, Stone Artifact
Sealaska Heritage Institute has received an object believed to be an old Tlingit fighting pick discovered in the early 1950s in the village of Kake. The pick was found by Lloyd Davis during a construction project and later presented to SHI by Davis' son, John Davis. Two theories have emerged about the object’s potential historical use
...(more)

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos from the mid 1900s showing Native people. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos from the mid 1900s showing Native people. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

Hydaburg Raises Pole in Honor of Haida Elder
The community of Hydaburg has raised a totem pole to celebrate the achievements and life of respected Haida Elder Woodrow W. Morrison. Woody and his wife Virginia raised their children in Hydaburg and served the community in many different ways. (Read Citation) (Photos of Totem Pole Raising)

Language Students Head to Glacier Bay Tlingit Immersion Retreat
Nearly 40 people left Juneau and Hoonah on Monday, Sept. 8, for a 10-day language immersion retreat at Glacier Bay Lodge. The program is part of an ongoing effort by SHI to revitalize endangered Native languages...(more on SHI's immersion retreats). (Photos) (News Article) (Video: Windows Media or RealOne)

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos from the mid 1900s showing Native people. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

SHI President Teaches Native Culture and History Course
SHI President Rosita Worl taught a course on Southeast Alaska Native Culture and History in August 2003 in partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast. Major topics included the social organization of the Southeast Alaska Natives and their religious ideologies, traditional property law and sociocultural change associated with the resolution of the Southeast Alaska Native aboriginal land claims. (Photos)

HI Launches Summer Juneau Workshops
SHI has posted photos online of the Sealaska Kusteeyi language workshops in Juneau and the Preparing Indigenous Teachers for Alaska Schools (P.I.T.A.S.) program. (Photos of P.I.T.A.S.) (Photos of SKP (includes some P.I.T.A.S. images)) (Photos of Closing Ceremony). (News Article) (Click here to listen to a story about P.I.T.A.S. by KTOO-FM reporter Anne Sutton)

Sealaska Scholarship Survey Now Available Online
The Sealaska Heritage Institute Scholarship Program has been in existence since 1981. Over the past 22 years, more 2000 shareholders and descendants have received scholarships to attend academic programs for higher education and vocational training. Currently, we are asking present and past Sealaska scholarship recipients to participate in a survey to assist Sealaska and SHI...(more)   Click here to complete survey online.

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos from the mid 1900s showing cultural objects from Ketchikan. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

NMAI Seeks Native Performers

The National Museum of the American Indian is seeking Native performers to participate in a multi-day festival commemorating the opening of its museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. The museum is scheduled to open Sept. 21, 2004. NMAI is seeking Alaska performers from six categories: dance groups, story tellers, bands, fiddlers, drum makers and regalia makers. For more information call 907-248-1972 or 202-287-2020 (ext. 137).

Click photo to enlargeSHI Seeks Information About Old Tunic

Sealaska Heritage Institute is seeking information about an old Tlingit tunic, probably made in the early 20th century. If you have information about the tunic in the photo, please contact the institute at 907-463-4844 or kathy.miller@sealaska.com.

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Linguist to Speak About Historic Chinook Language

Linguist David Robertson will give a free lecture this month about the historic Chinook Jargon trade language and its colorful role in Southeast Alaska history. Although the language is fluently spoken by only a few people in the Lower 48 today, a century ago most people in Southeast Alaska knew some Chinook Jargon, and some Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian words were derived from it, said Robertson, a graduate student studying linguistics at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. The lecture is sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute...(more) (Video) (Audio)

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos from the mid 1900s showing cultural objects from Petersburg. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

Worl Receives National "Women of Courage" Award

Dr. Rosita Worl of Juneau, comedian Rosie O’Donnell and legal heavy-hitter Janet Reno were among nine women awarded the 2003 Women of Courage Award on June 14 in Washington D.C. The National Women’s Political Caucus selected Worl for her outstanding career as an anthropologist, scholar, activist, educator and leader, according to the organization, which gives the annual award to women of diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated courage by taking stands on unpopular or controversial issues to further civil rights and equality and who typify women’s leadership...(more) (Video: Windows Media or RealOne) (Audio) (News Article)

SHI Mourns Loss of Former Employee
Susie Fair, who previously served as Sealaska Heritage Institute's Publication and Media Director, was found dead in her home in Tucson on June 1. Dr. Fair was a nationally-recognized folklorist and known for her creative talents and intellectual inquisitiveness about Alaska Native Peoples and cultures. She authored several publications on Alaska Native cultures and curated the Native Exhibition in the Anchorage Airport. Her contributions to the Sealaska Heritage Institute were multiple, including the creation of the Pendleton Chilkat Blanket. She also edited the Celebration 2000 Restoring Balance Through Culture publication. She adopted and raised an Inupiat boy from Shishmaref at the request of his family. A Celebration of Life will be held for her in Anchorage in early July. Final Announcements will be made at a later date. 

SHI Makes Plea to U.S. Senate for Native Language Funds
SHI President Rosita Worl made a plea to the U.S. Senate in May for new and ongoing federal funding to revitalize critically endangered languages in Southeast Alaska. In testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Worl offered an amendment to the Native American Languages Act to fund programs to protect Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. The proposed amendment would steer federal funds to SHI for Native language teacher training and curriculum development, master-apprentice language teams, training for dormant speakers, use of Internet technologies for language revitalization efforts and a language revival program for languages with no fluent speakers. “We think that we offer a model that can be replicated elsewhere, not only in Alaska but in the rest of the country,” Worl told the committee. (Video) (Audio)

Frances Paul DeGermain hands vest and hats to SHI Archivist Sorrel GoodwinDaughter of Native Leader Donates Items to SHI
Frances Paul DeGermain has donated to SHI a Grand President Emeritus ANB vest and 2 caps worn by her father, the late William Paul, Sr. William Paul was a leader in Native land claims, said SHI President Rosita Worl, who called the donation an honor. "William Paul is very significant in the history of Alaska and Alaska Native people. He was the one who started the land claims, so we’re very excited to have this important gift," Worl said. (Photo: Frances Paul DeGermain hands the vest and hats to SHI archivist Sorrel Goodwin in May 2003). (Video)

Sealaska Heritage Launches Online Video Project
SHI has posted online video clips of two recent events sponsored by the institute. Click here to see footage of the Hoonah basket weaving class, held in November 2002. Click here to see footage of a recent lecture by Anthropologist Dr. Jim Dixon on "On Your Knees Cave," thought to be the most significant archaeological and paleontological site in Southeast Alaska. Video is best viewed from computers with high speed Internet connections. SHI plans to periodically post brief video clips of programs in the future. Let us know what you think!

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!

Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos from the mid 1900s showing cultural objects from Klawock. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

Sealaska Heritage to Offer Native Language Class in Ketchikan in May
Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor workshops in Ketchikan this month in an effort to save the Tsimshian and Haida Native languages. The workshops are an expansion of an effort the institute launched last year in Ketchikan to revitalize Tsimshian (called Shim- al -gyack) and Haida...(more)

Schedules for Sealaska Kusteeyi Workshops Now Available Online
Choose among Native language workshops in Ketchikan and Juneau or immersion retreates in Sitka and Glacier Bay.

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos from the mid 1900s showing Juneau. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

Three New Photo Albums Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! Albums 15, 16 and 17 feature mostly black-and-white photos from the mid 1900s showing people and places in unspecified communities plus photos from Hoonah. Ben donated the images in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

Two SHI Employees Claim Honors At Native Oratory Competition
SHI's summer employees Yarrow Varra and Hans Chester have claimed honors from the Alaska Native Oratory Society. Congratulations to Yarrow, Hans and to other young Native competitors! (News Article)

SHI Awards More than $1 Million in Scholarships
Sealaska Heritage Institute will award $1,013,008 in scholarships to 678 Sealaska shareholders and descendants for the 2003-2004 school year...(more) (News Article)

SHI Launches "Word of the Day" Tsimshian Project
SHI is now offering a "Word of the Day" service to members of its Tsimshian language e-mail list. Every day SHI will e-mail a message with a new Tsimshian word, including its English translation. The message will include a link to a sound file on SHI's webpage www.tsimshianlanguage.org. By clicking the sound file, you will be able to hear the word being pronounced and a sample Tsimshian sentence using the word of the day. To join the e-mail list, contact SHI linguist Jordan Lachler at jordan.lachler@sealaska.com.

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos from the mid 1900s showing Juneau. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

Audio of Haida Words and Phrases Now on Internet!
SHI has posted on the Internet an audio collection of Haida phrases collected by SHI Linguist Jordan Lachler on a recent trip to Hydaburg and Ketchikan. The phrases were spoken by Erma Lawrence, a Native speaker of the Kasaan dialect of Alaska Haida. The phrases are posted at www.haidalanguage.org, a website maintained by SHI. Click here to listen to words. Click here to listen to phrases.

Cultural Treasure Richard Dalton Passes Away
Southeast Alaska lost a cultural treasure when Richard Dalton, Shaadeihani of the T'akdeintaan of Hoonah, walked into the Forest on March 20, 2003.  He takes with him an especially important body of traditional knowledge about Tlingit spirituality and understanding of the environment... (more)

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos from the mid 1900s showing Hydaburg. Ben donated the photos in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

First Alaskans Institute to Hold "Spirit Camp Gathering"
For more information, go to FAI's webpage at http://www.firstalaskans.org/projects/ld_spiritcamp.htm

New Tsimshian Language Materials Now Available
A Southeast Alaska couple has introduced the first user-friendly collection of Tsimshian learning materials in an effort to save the endangered Native language...( more). See new materials in retail sales.

SHI Launches New Native Languages Web Pages
SHI has three new web sites dedicated to enhancing and perpetuating the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian languages. www.tlingitlanguage.org; www.haidalanguage.org; and www.tsimshianlanguage.org.

Ida Kadashan Passes Away
SHI celebrates the life of esteemed Native Elder Ida Kadashan, who passed away on Monday, March 3. Obituary.

New Photo Album of Wrangell Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos from the mid 1900s showing Wrangell. Ben has donated copies in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

Sealaska Scholarship Application Deadline to Close Friday
Sealaska shareholders and descendants seeking Sealaska scholarships must submit applications postmarked no later than Friday, March 1, to be eligible for funds in 2003. The scholarships are available to students attending university and voc-tech schools...(more)

SHI Offers Scholarships For Expanded Native Language Program
Sealaska Heritage Institute is accepting scholarship applications for language teachers and students to attend its newly expanded Native language workshops. SHI scholarships will help cover the costs for language teachers and students to receive specialized training in Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian languages as part of the institute's annual Sealaska Kusteeyi Program. The application deadline is March 14...( more)

Heritage Study Program Applications Now Online
SHI has posted on the Internet grant applications for its Heritage Study Program, which gives grants to organizations to perpetuate traditional Native practices and art forms in danger of being lost. Application. More information. Deadline: March 14, 2003.

New Photo Album of Wrangell Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features mostly black-and-white photos from the mid 1900s showing Wrangell, including Shakes Island (in color and black-and-white), an aerial image, houses and other buildings. Ben has donated copies in hopes of sharing them with people across Southeast Alaska. Thank you for sharing more of the historical William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

Juneau Resident to Receive Award From Queen Elizabeth II
A Juneau woman's efforts to perpetuate the Tlingit language have caught the eye of a queen. Bessie Cooley will travel to the Yukon Territory on Jan. 25 to accept the Golden Jubilee Medal, an award being given to people who have made significant contributions to Canada over the past 50 years. Cooley is originally from Teslin, Yukon Territory, but moved to Juneau in December to accept a job at Sealaska Heritage Institute...(more) (News Article)

Funds Available for Native Artists
The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture is offering fellowship support to Native artists who want to participate in its 2003 residency program in Maine. The program accommodates up to 65 advanced visual artists and runs nine weeks (June 14-August 16). Tuition is $5,200, but Skowhegan is offering full and partial fellowship support toward tuition. For more information contact the school at 212-529-0505 or mail@skowheganart.org. Application deadline is Feb. 3, 2003.

Heritage Study Program Applications Now Online
SHI has posted on the Internet grant applications for its Heritage Study Program, which gives grants to organizations to perpetuate traditional Native practices and art forms in danger of being lost. Application. More information. Deadline: March 14, 2003.

Scholarship Applications for 2003-2004 Now Online
New applicants click here. Continuing applicants click here

SHI Hosting Visiting Scholar Studying Horn Spoons
A visiting scholar is in Juneau this month consulting with cultural leaders on an old horn spoon collection carved by Southeast Alaska Natives more than a century ago. SHI is hosting scholar Dr. Anne-Marie Victor Howe, an anthropologist from the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Harvard University who is publishing a paper on the collection. Click here for photos and more information. (News Article)

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features black-and-white photos of Southeast Alaska Natives in the mid 1900s and includes some images of people with regalia and blankets. Thank you for sharing more of the William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

Scientist to Speak on Southeast Cave Findings
Anthropologist Dr. Jim Dixon will give a free lecture on Dec. 18 about "On Your Knees Cave," thought to be the most significant archaeological and paleontological site in Southeast Alaska. The talk is part of a new lecture series in Juneau sponsored by SHI...( more) (News Article)

SHI Holds Southeast Repatriation Conference
About 40 people from 12 Southeast communities attended a conference on repatriation sponsored by SHI Dec. 5-7, 2002. The seminar in Juneau included overviews of repatriation law, museum inventory lists, pesticide issues and traditional law. Click here to see photos! (News Article)

SHI Posts Photos of Shangukeidi Koo.éex'!
SHI has posted photos of a Shangukeidi Koo.éex' held in Juneau, Nov. 29, 2002 at the ANB Hall. (Right: Gooshdeiheen, a young Kaagwaantaan, dances with his father's clan at the Shangukeidi Koo.éex'.

SHI Posts Photos of Traditional Basket Weaving Class in Hoonah!
SHI has posted photos of a traditional basket weaving class held in Hoonah, Nov. 11-23, 2002. Master weaver Delores Churchill taught the class, which was sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute as a part of the Heritage Study Program.

New Photo Album Added to William Paul, Jr., Collection!
Ben Paul has donated copies of more old photos to SHI! This new album features black-and-white photos of Southeast Alaska Natives in the mid 1900s and includes some images of people with regalia and blankets. Thank you for sharing more of the William Paul, Jr., Collection Ben!

SHI Posts Photos of Traditional Native Design Class in Hoonah!
SHI has posted photos of a traditional Native design class held in Hoonah, Nov. 6-8, 2002. Master Native artist Mick Beasley taught the class, which was sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute as a part of the Heritage Study Program.

SHI Extends Deadline to Register for NAGPRA Training Seminar
SHI has extended the deadline to register for a NAGPRA training seminar in Juneau to Dec. 1. The seminar is scheduled Dec. 5-7 in Juneau, and some travel money is available for community NAGPRA representatives in outlying areas. Click here for more information and to see a draft agenda.

SHI Kicks Off New Lecture Series In Juneau
Distinguished Tlingit linguist Dr. Jeff Leer will be the inaugural speaker featured at the new Sealaska Heritage Lecture Series, scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 12. The lecture series is a new project by Sealaska Heritage Institute meant to tap expertise of Alaska Native language and culture scholars for the benefit of the public, said SHI President Dr. Rosita Worl...(more) (News Article)

SHI Sponsors Native Art Program in Hoonah
SHI is sponsoring a Native art design class in Hoonah, Nov. 6-8. The class will be taught by renowned Native artist Michael Beasley and the emphasis will be on traditional design.  Mick's bronze Eagle Mask (right) was selected for exhibit at the Alaska State Museum in 2002, as part of the first Sealaska Juried Art Show. The class is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. at the high school woodshop. There is no charge for admission -- just show up!

SHI Awarded $200,000 Grant for Tlingit K-3 Programs
Sealaska Heritage Institute has received a $200,000 federal grant to assist Tlingit K-3 bilingual programs in Juneau and Klukwan. The 3-year grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education will fund bilingual summer camps for children attending Tlingit K-3 programs in the Juneau and Klukwan school districts. The goal is to ease students' transition into school and to improve language skills. Click here for more information on the successful Tlingit K-3 program in Juneau.

SHI Launches Gunalchéesh, Háw'aa, ‘Doyck-shin Project
In an effort to revitalize our Native languages, we are encouraging people to use their Native language when thanking the public. This will encourage receptiveness to our young children who are learning Alaska Native languages at school. Some people are already saying their Native-language thank you and we commend them. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how receptive the general public is toward this effort and how many people are already familiar with Gunalchéesh!
Gunalchéesh! (Tlingit)    Háw'aa! (Haida)  ‘Doyck-shin! (Tsimshean/Shim-al-gyack)

SHI Posts Rare, Old Photos of Southeast Alaska Natives on Internet
Sealaska Heritage Institute has posted copies of rare and old black-and-white photos donated to SHI by Ben Paul. This collection is a pleasure to view! The photos were snapped by Ben's father, William Paul, Jr., from the 1940s to the 1950s. All of the photos are "people" shots, and most feature ANB/ANS events. SHI and Ben Paul need your help to identify the people, places and events depicted in the images...(more)

SHI Sets Dates for Celebration 2004
Sealaska Heritage Institute has set the dates for the next Celebration, one of the largest Native cultural events in the state. Celebration 2004 is scheduled for June 3-5, 2004, in Juneau. SHI's Board of Trustees elected to schedule the biennial festival in June because turnout has proven phenomenal during previous Celebrations held in that month, said SHI President Dr. Rosita Worl...(more)

SHI Awarded $864,000 Grant for Tlingit Language Immersion
Sealaska Heritage Institute has received an $864,000 federal grant to improve academic achievement of children through Tlingit language immersion. The three-year grant is to fund development of Tlingit immersion curriculum for grades K-2 and to teach instructors to use the new materials. SHI's long-term goal is to sponsor language immersion programs in communities across Southeast Alaska and the grant will allow the institute to lay the groundwork for that endeavor, said SHI President Dr. Rosita Worl...(more) ( News Article)

Draft Agenda Now Available for SHI NAGPRA Training Seminar
SHI has posted the draft agenda for its NAGPRA training seminar on its website. The seminar is scheduled Dec. 5-7 in Juneau. Some travel money is available for community NAGPRA representatives in outlying areas. Click here for details and contact information.

Independent Evaluator Finds Tlingit Class is Working
An independent evaluator has found Alaska Native students enrolled in a bilingual class sponsored by SHI and the Juneau School District are showing compelling evidence of improved academic achievement. The Tlingit K-2 students have "paved the way for further program expansion, based on the academic gains, Tlingit language acquisition, and the cultural pride and self confidence which characterize the class," the evaluator wrote in a recent report...(more)

Tsimshian Language Books Debut on SHI Website!
SHI is now selling books and CDs on the Tsimshian language (called Shim-al-gyack). The collection, profiled in "Retail Sales," includes Shim-al-gyack dictionaries, crossword puzzles, lesson plans and cultural study guides. The collection was created by husband-and-wife team Tony and Donna May Roberts of Metlakatla, who have named their language preservation effort Dum Baal-dum®.

SHI Awarded Tlingit Immersion Grant from ANA
The federal Administration for Native Americans (ANA) has awarded a grant to SHI for Tlingit immersion camps. SHI will hold the 10-day camps in Sitka and in Glacier Bay National Park in 2003, 2004 and 2005. The goal is to increase Tlingit fluency and mentor aspiring Tlingit teachers. The proposal was written with direct support by Goldbelt, Inc., NATIVE, Inc., Hoonah Indian Association, Sitka Tribe of Alaska and Tlingit & Haida Community Council of Juneau...(more) (News Article)

Historical Documents Debut on SHI Website
For the first time, SHI has posted documents from the historical Curry-Weissbrodt Collection on the Internet.The collection is of interest to researchers and others studying the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA) and other Alaska Native issues...(more)

Photos of Old Horn Spoon Collection on Internet
Photos of an old horn spoon collection carved by Southeast Alaska Natives are now available on the Internet. The photos stem from the first known study of the collection, conducted by Dr. Anne-Marie Victor Howe, a visiting scholar to SHI in 2002. The 40 elaborately carved spoons date from circa 1860 to 1900. Click here for photos and more information. (News Article)

One of First P.I.T.A.S. Students Now Teacher
When Barbara Cadiente-Nelson began an internship for aspiring teachers at a Juneau school recently, she literally turned heads as she walked among the students. "The Native children would do a double take seeing me in the classroom and in the hallway," said Cadiente-Nelson, an Eagle, Bear. "The children would look twice, which says to me they needed that affirmation. They needed to see other Natives have been successful in the system and that they too can be successful..."(more)   More about P.I.T.A.S.

SHI Holds First Tlingit Immersion Retreat
SHI this summer held its first Tlingit immersion retreat, as part of its ongoing efforts to revitalize and perpetuate Native languages. Participants hiked to a remote location in Juneau where they took an oath to speak only Tlingit for five days. Students were guided in daily activities by master Tlingit speakers John Martin of Juneau, Ruth Demmert of Kake, Lorraine Adams of Yakutat, Florence Sheakley of Juneau and Fred White of Yakutat. Activities included picking berries, smoking fish, building a steambath and making tea and medicinal products from devils club. ( News Article

SHI to Offer NAGPRA Training Seminar
SHI will hold a NAGPRA training seminar Dec. 5-7 in Juneau. Some travel money is available for community NAGPRA representatives in outlying areas. Agenda. Registration. Click here for details and contact information.

Celebration 2002 Panoramic Photos Now Available!
Panoramic photos of Celebration 2002 are now available for $40 each plus shipping and handling. Click here for photo of photo! Place your order by phone at (907) 463-4844, by e-mail at valerie.oneil@sealaska.com, or by mail at One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 201, Juneau AK  99801!

Oregon Man Donates Ancient Cultural Objects to SHI
An Oregon man has donated more than 50 Alaska Native cultural objects and an old slide collection to Sealaska Heritage Institute. It is the largest private collection of cultural objects ever given to SHI, said Dr. Rosita Worl, president of the institute. The collection includes baskets, halibut hooks, carving tools, spoons, a rattle and a number of stone objects that appear prehistoric, said Worl, a Tlingit anthropologist.The collection was donated by Bob Bowlsby, an Oregon businessman who came into possession of it in the 1960s. Click here for more information and to see photos. (News Article)

Free Tlingit Class Offered
Hans Chester, a Tlingit speaker and SHI employee, is offering weekly, free Tlingit classes in Juneau. The classes are scheduled 2:30-4 p.m., Saturdays at the Goldbelt Hotel, Naa kaani Room. Park in the Goldbelt Hotel parking lot and sign in at the front desk. Click here to read a news article about the class. Click here to read a news article about Hans.

PITAS to Kick-Off Summer Institute
The Preparing Indigenous Teachers for Alaska Schools (P.I.T.A.S.) program will hold a 2002 summer institute Aug. 4-16 at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Juneau campus. P.I.T.A.S. students will participate in activities related to Alaska Native culture, language and history with Dr. Rosita Worl in the morning sessions of Sealaska Kusteeyi Institute (SKI). In the afternoon, students will take an introduction-to-college course and tour the campus, meet faculty, get to know the library and media services and take placement exams. Click here for more information.

2002 SKI Workshops Begin
SHI is once again offering its popular Sealaska Kusteeyi Institute (SKI). In an effort to serve more Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people, SHI in 2002 expanded SKI  to Ketchikan and Sitka. The Ketchikan SKI ran July 7-19 (News Article). The Sitka SKI ran July 22-26, and the Juneau SKI Aug. 4-17 (News Article). For more information contact Roy Iutzi-Mitchell at (907) 463-4844 or roy.mitchell@sealaska.com.

SHI To Guide Scholar Studying Kake
SHI is hosting a visiting scholar from Harvard University studying current economic development strategies in Kake. Student Kristin Hoelting, under the guidance of SHI President Rosita Worl, will interview Kake residents of all ages to assess the range of opinions regarding economic and cultural changes. Hoelting will report to SHI on her findings and use the information to write her senior thesis. Hoelting is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Environmental Science with a focus on Natural Resource Management and Community Development. She will be in Kake July 9-30, 2002.

For Sale: Tlingit Copper Tináa
One of only five Tináas in Alaska. Created for private collection in 1992 by Alaska Native artist Michael Beasley. Tináas were used by the Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska for money. They would be used to pay for big things like human lives and special ceremonies. They were never used to pay for trivial items. Click here for more information and to view a photograph.

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