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Lecture Series

SHI sponsors lectures by students and scholars doing research on Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian languages, cultures and history. Lectures generally are held at Sealaska Plaza in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month and at or near Centennial Hall, in conjunction with Celebration. They are videotaped and posted online. The lectures at Sealaska Plaza are free and open to the public. For noon lectures, guests are invited to bring a bagged lunch. For more information or to submit a request to give a lecture, contact SHI Culture and History Director Chuck Smythe at 907.586.9282 or (Sponsorship)

Lecture on herring now online
If you missed our April 2014 lecture on herring by Dr. Madonna Moss, you can now watch it online. Moss, a professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon, has studied herring bones at 16 archaeological sites in Southeast Alaska that date back 10,000 years. In her talk, she reveals some of her findings so far. Her work is important because current data on past herring runs and human reliance on them dates only to the mid 1900s, so her research gives a clearer historical picture. The study may be an invaluable tool to improve resource management of herring fisheries, which are considered by many to be a depleted resource here. (Video) (Video Library)