ceremony dates set
totem pole trail, faces
SHI will hold a ceremony in April to celebrate the raising of ten totem poles along the Juneau waterfront and the installation of bronze masks on the SHI arts campus honoring the five major Native groups of Alaska. The projects, Kootéeyaa Deiyí (Totem Pole Trail) and Faces of Alaska, have been years in the making.
free metal labs
SHI will begin hosting free, weekly open metal labs every Thursday at the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus. During the supervised labs, participants will work on one or more Northwest Coast carving projects of their own choice, with the possibility of seeking technical advice from the lab supervisor. (Flyer)
Free wood labs
SHI will begin hosting free, weekly open wood labs every Tuesday at the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus. During the supervised labs, participants will work on one or more Northwest Coast carving projects of their own choice, with the possibility of seeking technical advice from the instructors/supervisors. (Flyer)
Dancing of the robes
SHI sponsored a live stream in February of the First Dance featuring children’s’ Chilkat robes made by the apprentices of weaver Lily Lalanya Hope. The project is part of an effort to increase the number of people who can make full-size Chilkat robes...(more about the project). Watch this historic moment!
A groundbreaking Tlingit kindergarten program established by Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) and the Juneau School District (JSD) in 2000 is expanding to eighth grade, welcoming a full-time, interim principal and expanding on its Lingít language instruction.
SHI will sponsor a workshop on how to carve bowls from Feb. 11-March 11 in Juneau at the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus. Teacher: Tlingit artist Mick Beasley. This course is a beginning level and offered for UAS credit. Previous carving and formline experience is encouraged. All tools and supplies will be provided by SHI. (Flyer)
intensive, first dance
SHI will sponsor a Chilkat weaving intensive and a dancing-of-the-robes ceremony as the culmination of a two-year project envisioned and led by the award-winning Chilkat weaver Lily Hope. The project is part of an effort to increase the number of people who can complete Chilkat robes.
Video now online
SHI has digitized and posted online video of Celebration 1996. Celebration is a dance-and-culture festival first held by SHI in 1982 that has grown into the world’s largest gathering of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people. With 46 dance groups, Celebration 1996 was the largest event since it began in 1982.
Tales from the trail
At SHI we take our mission to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures very seriously. When we hear from people who have been affected by what we do, it makes our day. This letter from Dave Ketah made our year. Thank you, Dave, for writing to us. On days like this, we feel we are doing our ancestors proud, because of you. Happy holidays everyone!
SHI has released a feature-length film on the history and origin of Celebration since its inception in 1982. The film, 40 Years of Celebration — A Biennial Festival of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Cultures, begins with the first Celebration, when Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people came together for the first time to celebrate that their cultures had survived...(more).
SHI will fund University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) students interested in taking courses in X̱aad Kíl, Sm'algyax and Lingít through a new initiative, Our Ancestor’s Echoes. Through the program SHI will also fund language teachers at UAS to provide free, non-credited language classes. Funding available through spring 2025. (Apply)
native hall of fame
SHI sponsored a lecture on Tuesday, Dec. 20, on the activism of Native leaders during the United States occupation of the ancient homeland of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian of Southeast Alaska. In the talk, longtime Tlingit leader Ed Thomas explored their successes in securing the human rights Native people enjoy today...(more).
historic and cultural site
groups seek stop to logging
SHI, Sealaska Corporation and the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe are calling on Yakutat’s Native village corporation to stop logging an area that is a known and important cultural and historic site, until an assessment can be conducted and mitigation plans put in place. The area is the ancient homeland of the Kwaashk’iḵwáan clan.