Sealaska Heritage


Calendar of Events
2019 Programming

SHI is offering a lot of upcoming events and opportunities, including Native art classes, Baby Raven events and summer camps for youth. 

App Period open

The enrollment period for Sealaska scholarship applications is open for the 2019-2020 school year. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019. 

Let the games begin!
Native Youth Olympics

Nearly a hundred athletes from Alaska and Canada are expected to compete in the 2019 Traditional Games in Juneau in March, marking the first time Southeast Alaska has hosted a statewide indigenous sports event. The games are open to everyone age 11 and up. Free event.  (Flyer)

Culture in new institutions

In this installment, SHI President Rosita Worl answers the question "What are the challenges of integrating Native arts, culture and language into new institutions?"


In this installment, SHI President Rosita Worl answers the question "Why do some of SHI's programs give preference to Native participants?"—a question recently posed to us by an Alaska educator.

Sessions and events

Sealaska Heritage is sponsoring several language activities through its Haa Shuká program, including language sessions in Sitka and Juneau and an immersion retreat. 

facebook ban
SHI seeks remedy

SHI is condemning a Facebook ban on legal sales of products made from any “part, pelt or skin from an animal, including fur,” according to the site’s commerce policy. The ban will have a devastating effect on Native artists throughout the state, who sell through Facebook and are dependent on the proceeds from arts and handicraft made from animal parts.

halibut hooks

SHI has released the most comprehensive book ever published on traditional northern Northwest Coast halibut hooks, known as náxw in Tlingit. Doing Battle with the Halibut People: The Tlingit, Haida, & Tsimshian Halibut Hook delves deeply into the ingenious engineering, use of and spiritual dimensions of the hooks. (Buy)

Native Youth Olympics
Spring Practice Schedule

Spring practice is open 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 hunting and survival skills that allowed the indigenous people to work together and to thrive in their homeland for thousands of years. (JDHS Schedule) (TMHS Schedule)

Tlingit Proverbs

Old sayings are an especially powerful and respectful way of addressing the opposite moiety. They can be used to console during times of pain and to inspire before difficult tasks. Unravelling their compacted and indirect meanings requires deep thinking and an intimate connection to oral traditions.

Job OpportunitIES

Opportunities: SHI is seeking a collections manager and an arts education project coordinator. 

In the news:
Study: SHI's impact

A Juneau-based Alaska Native nonprofit directly and indirectly contributed $10 million into the Alaskan economy last year. McDowell Group found Sealaska Heritage Institute generated $10.4 million for the state through its employees, paying contractors, securing grants, attracting visitors and more.

shi $10 million force

A new study by a Juneau research firm has found that Sealaska Heritage Institute’s economic impact on Alaska was more than $10 million in 2018 and that its impact on the City and Borough of Juneau was $9.2 million.  (Study Summary

Formline Workshop

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a formline workshop with award-winning artist David R. Boxley in Klawock, March 10-17 at the Voc/Tech Center. Free, supplies provided. Option to register for UAS credit. Space is limited. Application deadline: Feb. 28.  (Flyer)

Formline Workshop

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a formline workshop with award-winning artist David R. Boxley in Sitka, April 5-13 at the Sitka High School, Art Classroom. Free, supplies provided. Option to register for UAS credit. Space is limited. Application deadline: March 29.  (Flyer

In the news:
Flautist in Clan House

By Michael Penn, Juneau Empire—Listen to Armenian-American flutist Tigran Arakelyan, the Music Director of the Northwest Mahler Festival in Seattle and the Port Townsend Orchestra, perform a sound check in Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Shuká Hít (Ancestors’ House).

baby raven reads
book giveaway

Sealaska Heritage will host a turf night this week in partnership with an education group in Juneau and give away free copies of its award-winning Baby Raven Reads book Salmon Boy: Shanyáak'utlaax̱ to families with young children. Event open to all families in Juneau with young children.

Martin Luther King Day

SHI President Rosita Worl on Martin Luther King: "We know and understand the pain and anguish that Martin Luther King faced as he fought for civil rights and justice.  We know that he faced great opposition and harassment, as did William L. Paul, who, like Martin Luther King, was vilified by the media and government officials."


Kindred Post of Juneau today donated ten percent of its profits from its Social Justice Hustle collection to SHI in recognition of the institute’s work to forge social change. Owner Christy NaMee Eriksen wrote that she chose SHI to receive its annual donation because the institute creates “positive change at every level...


SHI and UAS are offering new scholarships and opportunities to Alaska Native students enrolled in the Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools program, known as PITAAS. SHI and UAS are offering the initiatives under a new memorandum of agreement...(Application) (Flyer)

In the news:
NWC art workshops

By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—Teaching is at the center of Saturday Carving Practice at Gajaa Hit. It provides a network that allows someone like Henry Hopkins with a decade of experience carving in the Tlingit style to learn from artists such as Donald Gregory, Ray Watkins and Steve Brown...


Learn to speak Tlingit. Learn to speak Tsimshian. Study NWC art and history. And take the class for free. Through SHI’s PITAAS program, Alaska Native freshmen and sophomores interested in becoming teachers or administrators in Alaska are eligible for tuition waivers for certain classes.  (Flyer)

Teaching Artists Needed

SHI, in partnership with the Juneau School District, is seeking teaching artists to be added to a roster, which will be used by educators recruiting specialists for their classrooms. Artists will be paid an hourly rate based on teaching artist experience.


Sealaska Heritage is donating a copy of its interactive exhibit, Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land, to schools across the region so students in Southeast Alaska may learn about ancient place names and the innovative inventions that Native people engineered to catch halibut and salmon sustainably.