New Arts Campus
SHI kicks off campaign
(Website) (Brochure) (Donate) (Construction Begins!) SHI has officially launched its fundraising campaign to build the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus, which 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. Deadline to have your name engraved as a founding donor is Nov. 1, 2021; Donations $25 and higher to be included.
Juneau as arts capital
northwest coast art
By Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine — When it comes to art capitals, Rome, New York, Paris and Berlin are a few of the global hot spots that come to mind. However, if the city of Juneau, Alaska, has any say in the matter, it could very well earn a coveted spot on the list.
Sealaska Heritage Institute is going through a significant expansion, so we have a lot of new openings. If you have ever thought about working at SHI, now is the time to apply!
Native Youth Olympics
SHI and Tlingit and Haida are offering a free, online class this month for people who want to give back to their community by becoming a coach for Native Youth Olympics. No experience needed! For more info, contact NYO Coach Kyle Worl at email@example.com or 907.227.4998. (Flyer)
HOW TO SEW SKIN
Sealaska Heritage, in partnership with Ketchikan Indian Community, will sponsor an in-person, hand skin-sewing workshop in Ketchikan with teacher Louise Kadinger from Oct. 15-17. Space is limited. $100 fee covers a sea otter hide at a $350 value, as well as patterns, supplies, and instruction. (Flyer)
HOW TO SEW SKIN
Sealaska Heritage, in partnership with Sitka Tribe of Alaska, will sponsor an in-person, hand skin-sewing workshop in Sitka with teacher Robert Miller from Oct. 28-31. Space is limited. $100 fee covers a sea otter hide at a $350 value, as well as patterns, supplies, and instruction. (Flyer)
Sealaska Heritage will offer a Chilkat-style formline design class with Steve Brown via Zoom from October 25 to November 10. Class days will be Monday-Wednesday from 6-8:15 pm and will include live, online group sessions and assignment work. Space is limited. (Flyer)
salmon boy book
The Alaska Center for the Book has chosen SHI's Baby Raven Reads book Shanyáak'utlaax̱: Salmon Boy as the state’s featured children's book at this year's National Book Festival. The festival, which is sponsored by the Library of Congress, is an annual literary event in Washington, DC, book signings and other activities.
How to sew skin
Sealaska Heritage, in partnership with Ketchikan Indian Community, will sponsor an in-person workshop in Ketchikan with Louise Kadinger on how to hand-sew skins from Oct. 15-17. Application deadline: Sept. 30. Space is limited. $100 fee covers all supplies. Scholarships are available through KIC. (Flyer)
SHI is recruiting educators and support staff in the southern region, including Ketchikan, Hydaburg, Wrangell, Petersburg and Metlakatla, as well as MAT students from the University of Alaska Southeast, to participate in its cultural orientation program, which aims to incorporate Native world views into schools and promote cross-cultural understanding. (Flyer)
SHI is recruiting educators and support staff in the northern region, including Ketchikan, Hydaburg, Wrangell, Petersburg and Metlakatla, as well as MAT students from the University of Alaska Southeast, to participate in its cultural orientation program, which aims to incorporate Native world views into schools and promote cross-cultural understanding. (Flyer)
SHI has digitized and posted onto YouTube footage of Celebration 1988. It was the largest Celebration in the 1980s, featuring 26 dance groups, speeches and stories from prominent Elders and a visit from the Oglala Lakota Olympian Billy Mills.
Sealaska Heritage and the University of Alaska Southeast are offering an in-person course in September on how to dye using natural materials with Chilkat and Ravenstail weaver Lily Hope. Register: 796-6100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships: Contact Davina Cole at email@example.com.
CRE Conference 2021
Sealaska Heritage’s fourth culturally responsive education conference, Our Cultural Landscape, was held virtually for the second time Aug. 5-7, drawing more than 450 educators from Alaska, the Lower 48, and beyond. The event featured prominent Indigenous keynote speakers and more than two dozen breakout presentations...
Removal of Grief
SHI to document rite
SHI has received a grant from a Colorado organization to record the ancient practice of removing grief through Tlingit ceremonies known as ku.éex’. The $28,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont will allow SHI to work with traditional scholars and clan leaders to document the “Removal of Grief” ceremony held during a ku.éex’.
AT.ÓOW AND AT.NANÉ
SHI on Aug. 12 held a homecoming ceremony to welcome back an extraordinary collection of at.óow (sacred objects), in addition to a Tlingit mask and a hat with ties to Alaska Native land claims. “We are thrilled to welcome our ancestors home,” said SHI President Rosita Worl...(more)
Teacher of Distinction
Anchorage teacher Seralee Kairaiuak was honored with a 2021 “Teacher of Distinction” award by SHI's Board of Trustees on Saturday during SHI’s virtual education conference. Originally from the village of Kwigillingok, Kairaiuak has taught children at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School for the past nine years.
The U.S. Postal Service on July 30, assisted by SHI, held a release ceremony for the Raven Story Forever Stamp — the first stamp ever illustrated by a Tlingit artist. Antonio Alcalá, who served as art director on the project, reached out to artist Rico Lanáat’ Worl about creating the stamp after seeing his work for sale in Washington DC...(more)
Baby Raven Reads
Uptick in student scores
A research firm has produced a study that links an upward trend in scores for local Alaska Native students entering kindergarten to Baby Raven Reads, an early literacy program operated by Sealaska Heritage since the 2015-2016 school year.
spruce-root harvest, prep
Sealaska Heritage’s spruce-root gathering and weaving class held its first session on Saturday, June 19. Ten apprentice students in Juneau convened at the start of Boy Scout Camp Trail to learn the art of spruce-root gathering from Tlingit artist Naakil.aan (Hans Chester), who learned from Delores Churchill, a renowned Haida artist.
SHI has enlisted renowned, nationally-known educators to give keynote addresses at its fourth Culturally Responsive Education Conference for teachers and administrators. For the second time, the three-day event will be held virtually because of the COVID-19 virus.
old spruce-root basket
A Seattle man has donated an exquisite spruce-root basket to Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) that dates back more than 100 years. Donor Richard Zahniser purchased the piece in Southeast Alaska or Anchorage in the 1970s and decided to donate it to SHI this year to make it accessible to the public and weaving students.