Sealaska Heritage


New Arts Campus
SHI kicks off campaign

(Website) (Brochure) (Donate) SHI has officially launched its fundraising campaign to build a Native arts campus at Heritage Square, kicking off what will become a preeminent cultural space in downtown Juneau. The Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus is phase two of SHI’s vision to make Juneau the Northwest Coast arts capital of the world and to designate NWC art a national treasure. 


Celebration 2020
Apply: Fashion Show

Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications its Indigenous Fashion Show, which will be held during Celebration 2020. The show is open to Indigenous artists and designers who are Alaska Native, First Nation or Native American. Preference is given to high-fashion and haute couture clothing that displays innovative use of traditional Indigenous styles and materials.


Celebration 2020
Apply: Juried art show

Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications its Juried Art Show and Competition (JAS), which will be held during Celebration 2020. The juried art show is open to Alaska Native and Native American artists who practice Northwest Coast arts...(more)


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. Browse by date, area of interest or community.

Formline Workshop

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a free Northwest Coast formline design class with David R. Boxley Nov. 16-24 in Juneau. Option to earn 3 credits from UAS. Application deadline: Nov. 1. (Flyer)

Art history, culture class

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor an art class on Northwest Coast art history and culture with teacher Steve Henrikson in Juneau. Option to earn 3 credits from UAS. Application deadline: Oct. 28. (Flyer)

Job OpportunitIES

SHI is seeking an art administrative assistant, an art project coordinator, a Lingít language project coordinator, a STEM project coordinator, a STEM project manager, a STEM education project assistant, an early childhood specialist, a education administrative assistant, and a director of culture and history.

Native Youth Olympics
Coach Training

(Training Schedule) SHI is co-sponsoring training for coaches in November who want to start a NYO in their community. Register by Oct. 23 and be eligible for a scholarship to help cover travel to Juneau and equipment. Preference given toward new coaches of grades 6-12 in their home community. 

Native Youth Olympics
Fall Training

(JDHS Schedule) (TMHS Schedule) Fall 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. For more info contact Kyle Khaayák'w Worl at 

Arts Excursion
Children to visit SHI

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will open the Walter Soboleff Building next week to all second-grade students in the Juneau School District as part of a national program to provide experiences and learning in the arts to all children. The event is part of the Art Bus Excursion program established by Any Given Child Juneau. 

Celebration 2020
Art, Fashion Show Apps Out

Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications its Juried Art Show and Competition (JAS) and Indigenous Fashion Show, which will be held during Celebration 2020, scheduled June 10-13. App deadlines: Jan. 8 and March 16 respectively.  (JAS Application) (Fashion Show Application)

indigenous peoples day
peratrovich celebration

SHI will sponsor a celebration of the national civil rights hero Elizabeth Peratrovich (Kaaxgal.aat) at a public event in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day. Peratrovich was a major force behind the passage of Alaska’s Anti Discrimination Bill in 1945, which preceded the nation’s Civil Rights Act of 1964 by nearly 20 years.


Every Tuesday and Thursday, one dance group from Celebration 2018 will be posted on Sealaska Heritage’s YouTube channel. Subscribe free and receive updates or watch anytime without subscribing. (Schedule)

In the news:
Blood Quantum

By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire— Blood simple: Is it time to rethink how Native is defined? SHI President Rosita Worl: “Could this ultimately lead to our cultural extinction? In the long term, in my humble opinion, I would have to answer yes.”


SHI and HIA will begin the second phase of a collaborative genetics study next week that explores how historical trauma associated with European colonization may have changed the DNA of Native people. The team is studying the biological basis shaping adverse health outcomes.

In the news:
Arts campus

By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—Sealaska Heritage Institute is launching a fundraising campaign to build a new arts campus with most of the money needed already in hand. The nonprofit for protecting and promoting Alaska Native arts and cultures announced Wednesday it received a federal grant of more than $5.6 million. (Video)

Formline Workshop

SHI, in collaboration with Chilkoot Indian Association, will sponsor a Northwest Coast formline design class with David R. Boxley Sept 28-Oct 6 in Haines. The class is limited to 15 participants.


SHI is offering a free, public lecture this month on the practical and scientific uses of photogrammetry in cultural heritage. The technique has applications in cultural heritage, as it allows for 3D documentation of objects, which can later be studied in-depth by students remotely. 

In the news:
Yupik Dancers

By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—He played the crowd as well as his drum made of walrus stomach. Visiting Yup’ik artist John Waghiyi Jr. drew big laughs, fun sounds and applause Wednesday during a presentation at Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Shúka Hít clan house. “It was empowering,” said John Waghiyi Jr. “I feel incredible."

In the news:
Artists in residence

By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—From the far western reaches of Alaska, Yup’ik artists share their culture with Juneau. Visiting artists sew walrus blanket, will perform dances in Juneau.

In the news:
NYO Coach

Anchorage Daily News—The healing power of community: NYO coach leads the way in reviving healthy cultural traditions in Southeast Alaska. Juneau’s Kyle Worl wants his teenage athletes to think of Native Youth Olympics as more than “just a hobby.” 

Yup'ik Dance

SHI's current artists-in-residence, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi and John Waghiyi, Jr., from Savoonga will show St. Lawrence Island Yupik dances at a free public performance on Wednesday, from noon-1 pm, at Sealaska Heritage. Everyone is welcome! More on the artists.

Robert Davidson on totem

The renowned master artist Robert Davidson sometimes submits pieces for SHI's blog. This month, news of a new documentary on a totem pole raising in Old Massett in 1969 came out. The film, Now is the Time, explores the raising of a pole carved by Davidson and his brother, Reg. Robert wrote this blog to provide some more context.

Artists in Residence
Meet the Artists

SHI will sponsor two Alaska Native artists-in-residence from Savoonga who specialize in ivory carving and pieces made of walrus stomach and other materials harvested during subsistence activities around St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. The artists will be at SHI from Aug. 23-29. The public is invited to meet them.