Sealaska Heritage


Native languages
Summit to kick off

Sealaska Heritage will kick off its first Native language summit for speakers of Lingít (Tlingit), Xaad Kíl (Haida) and Sm’algyax (Tsimshian) Nov. 13-15. The three-day event, Voices of Our Ancestors, is thought to be the first time an organization has sought to convene its remaining fluent, Native-language speakers. (Program) (360North Live)

native heritage month
lectures, events

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor the following lectures and special events in honor of Native American Heritage Month and Walter Soboleff Day.  All lectures are free and open to the public.  (Flyer)

In the news:
Language Summit

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

Northwest Coast Art
skin-sewing workshop

Sealaska Heritage will co-sponsor a skin-sewing workshop in Ketchikan with Louise Kadinger from Dec. 13-16 at the KIC facility. Limited to 15 participants. SHI provides a sea otter hide at a $350 value for each participant as well as patterns and supplies. Application fee: $100. (Flyer)


Sealaska Heritage will host featured artists Rhonda Butler, Florence Sheakley, and Tim Brown in the lobby of the Walter Soboleff Building. Also on view in the lobby are two temporary exhibits: a display of traditional Tlingit armor and a clan hat. SHI will also offer free admission to its exhibit in the gallery, 

In the news:
Halibut Hook Revivial

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

Robert Davidson on art

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

Job OpportunitIES

Opportunities: SHI is seeking a community liaison in Juneau for the institute's Baby Raven Reads program and a school project coordinator.


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

Northwest Coast Art
skin-sewing workshop

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a skin-sewing workshop in Petersburg taught by Marcus Gho from Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in partnership with the Petersburg Indian Association. Limited to 15 participants. SHI provides a sea otter hide at a $350 value for each participant as well as patterns and supplies. Application fee: $100.  (Flyer)

Northwest Coast Art
skin-sewing workshop

Sealaska Heritage will co-sponsor a skin-sewing workshop in Hoonah with Louise Kadinger from Nov. 15-18 at the Mary Johnson Youth Center. Limited to 15 participants. SHI provides a sea otter hide at a $350 value for each participant as well as patterns and supplies. Application fee: $100. (Flyer)


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

Skin-sewing workshops
Regionwide classes

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

Native wisdom & the Arctic

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


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

cultural orientations
fall schedule out

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


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

the making of bronze posts

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

Horn Spoon Carving
Class kicks off

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

In the news:
Price heads to UAS

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


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

In the news:
Bronze posts unveiled

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

Photos: Summer Camps

This summer provided many opportunities for our youth in the region. Sealaska Heritage held five camps aimed at providing cultural activities for youth of all ages throughout Southeast Alaska. Students in SHI’s camps are able to meet others and make friends who come from a variety of communities in Southeast Alaska...

Native Youth Olympics
Practice Resumes

(Flyer: Thunder Mountain) (Flyer: JDHS) Practice will begin this fall for high school students who want to join Juneau’s Native Youth Olympics team. This program is open to all Juneau students. The games are based on ancient hunting and survival skills.