Sealaska Heritage


Celebration 2018
Info and Links

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor Celebration 2018 from June 6-9 in Juneau. Celebration is a biennial dance-and-culture festival celebrating the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Everyone is welcome! (Flyer)

Education Conference
Register, Submit Proposals

SHI will sponsor its second education conference for teachers and administrators in an effort to promote culturally responsive pedagogy in schools. SHI’s first cultural education conference drew about 140 educators from as far away as Nome and Fairbanks. Travel scholarships available. (Register)


Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (a blog about books)—Last week over at Kirkus, I talked here with Dr. Rosita Worl, President of Sealaska Heritage in Juneau, about Baby Raven Reads, its groundbreaking, culturally-based program promoting early literacy and school readiness for Alaska Native children. 

Job Opportunity

Opportunities: SHI is hiring for a retail sales associate, education admin assistant, archivist and a community coordinator in Juneau for its Baby Raven Reads program. SHI also is seeking NWC art teachers and chaperones for its summer academy, an art youth instructor in Angoon and a community liaison in Craig. 

Latseen Summer Camp

Applications are now available for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Sharing Our Box of Treasures: Latseen Northwest Coast Art & Leadership Academy. The academy for high school students will be held July 5-16 at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau...(more) (Flyer)

canoe replica

Sitka’s tribal government has donated to Sealaska Heritage a small replica of a full-size dugout canoe carved there through a project co-sponsored by SHI last year. The replica is a near copy of the 27-foot traditional dugout. 

cultural appropriation
worl gives talk

The line between cultural appropriation and cross-cultural communication can be difficult for educators to figure out, acknowledged SHI President Rosita Worl in a presentation to art teachers, artists, and school administrators at the Walter Soboleff Building in March.


SHI will sponsor a formline workshop with award-winning artist David R. Boxley in Klawock, April 8-15 at the Prince of Wales Vocational and Technical Education Center. Free, supplies provided. Option to register for UAS credit. Space is limited. Application deadline: March 30. (Flyer)

Youth Art Exhibit
Deadline: March 30

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a Juried Youth Art Exhibit during Celebration 2018, which is scheduled June 6-9, 2018. Prizes range from $350-$200 (middle school) to $500-$200 (high school). The deadline has been extended to March 30.

Native Artist Market
Deadline: March 30

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a Native Artists Market during Celebration 2018, which is scheduled June 6-9, 2018. The deadline has been extended to March 30.

Northwest Coast Art
Haa Latseen Project

Sealaska Heritage  is inviting emerging Northwest Coast (NWC) artists to participate in the 2018 Haa Latseen Community Project. The project will include carving practice, business classes, formline workshops and frontlet carving. (Register) (Flyer) (Schedule)  

2018 schedule
calendar of events

Sealaska Heritage is offering a lot of upcoming events and opportunities in 2018, including Native art classes, Baby Raven events and summer camps for youth. Click here to see our 2018 calendar of events.

In the news:
Baby Raven Reads

KINY—KINY was a great story on the programmatic side of SHI’s Baby Raven Reads program and the importance of the family events that happen regularly: "While the children's book publications are a big part of Baby Raven Reads, there is a huge program component that instills early reading skills."


Save the Dates
education programs

SHI will sponsor three education programs for students in grades 6-12 this summary, including two hoop camps, a leadership academy and a math and culture academy. Applications and registration coming soon!

In the news:
Native Art Park

By Gregory Philson, Juneau Empire—Sealaska Heritage Institute is planning on building an Alaska Native “art park” in the Sealaska Plaza parking lot in downtown Juneau. Rosita Worl, President of Sealaska Heritage Institute, made the announcement Thursday.

Celebration 2018

SHI is recruiting volunteers for Celebration 2018, scheduled June 6-8. We could not offer Celebration with the help of volunteers. Volunteers who donate a minimum of 4 hours get a free, one-day pass and t-shirt while supplies last.


The Innovators Hall of Fame award ceremony, held Wednesday night, recognized for the first time a long history of Alaska Native ingenuity in the form of a traditional wooden halibut hook. A Tlingit halibut-hook fisherman and his grandfather accepted the award on behalf of northern NWC people.

Halibut Hook
Inducted into Hall of Fame

The Juneau Economic Development Council and the Alaska State Committee for Research (SCoR) have announced the traditional wood halibut hook used by the northern Northwest Coast Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian was inducted into the SCoR Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame.

Artist/Teacher Recruitment

SHI and the Juneau School District are looking for interested artists to add to a teaching artist roster, which will be used by teachers looking for specialists to join their classrooms. These opportunities could be one class, one semester or whatever fits best for the teacher and artist. 

In the news:
NWC Art Capital in Juneau

Watching the Winter Olympics this past week, Sealaska Heritage Institute Executive Vice President Rick Harris saw something that surprised him. The Canadian snowboarding team was on screen, wearing jackets that carried designs inspired by Tlingit and Kwakiutl artwork. 

Celebration 2018
Toddler Regalia Review

SHI is hosting a Toddler Regalia Review during Celebration of 2018. This event is open to Sealaska shareholders and Shareholder descendants who are ages two (2) to four (4) years at the time of Celebration, scheduled June 6 - 9, 2018. The deadline to apply is May 11. 

Celebration 2018
Native Fashion Show

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a Native high-fashion show during Celebration 2018. The institute currently is inviting artists and fashion designers to submit original pieces for the show and for models to apply. (Call for Designers) (Call for Models

Celebration 2018

SHI will sponsor contests for traditional Native foods during Celebration 2018, scheduled June 6-9. People may compete for best black seaweed, best soapberries, best seal oil and best seal oil with crackling. Prizes for first, second and third place in each category are $500, $250 and $100 .

Celebration 2018

Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications from dance groups that want to perform at Celebration 2018, scheduled June 6-9. The application deadline is March 30, 2018.