New Arts Campus
SHI kicks off campaign
(Website) (Brochure) (Donate) (Construction Begins!) 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.
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.
Evolution of NWC art
SHI will sponsor a free lecture this Tuesday on the evolution of Northwest Coast art given by Steve Brown, an independent researcher, author, and artist focused on NWC art traditions for most of his life. The image that we have of NWC formline art from the late nineteenth century is not what it has always been, wrote Brown...
Origins of Native people
SHI will sponsor a lecture series this month that explores the origins and earliest presence of Indigenous populations and cultures in Southeast Alaska from traditional knowledge and various scientific perspectives. All lectures will be live streamed at noon on SHI’s YouTube channel. The series is also offered as part of a one-credit course through the University of Alaska Southeast.
SHI for the first time is offering its cultural orientation program to elementary and secondary school teachers, support staff and administrators in communities outside of Juneau. The program is expanding to school districts in Ketchikan, Hydaburg, Metlakatla, Wrangell and Petersburg this spring.
is recruiting Juneau School District elementary school teachers, support staff and administrators to participate in its 2021 cultural orientation program, which aims to incorporate Native world views into schools and promote cross-cultural understanding. (Apply)
baby raven reads
SHI has published four new books through its award-winning Baby Raven Reads program, including an original Raven story written by children and three books that teach the Lingít and Sm’algya̱x languages. The release includes Raven and the Hidden Halibut, an origin story based on traditional oral narratives. In the story,Halibut invites Raven to a game of hide and seek, and Raven is surprised how well Halibut, a bright white fish, can hide.
Old technique rediscovered
Two artists participating in Sealaska Heritage's spruce-root mentorship program have discovered what is thought to be an old weaving technique that was lost to time. Haida master weaver Delores Churchill and her apprentice, Tlingit and Haida artist Debbie Aanutein Head, made the find while studying an old spruce-root hat housed at the Alaska State Museum.
App Period Open
SHI and the University of Alaska Southeast are offering scholarships for language and culture classes at UAS. Application is only for scholarship funding; student must register for UAS course independently. Offered through the Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools (PITAAS). Application deadline: Jan. 15, 2021
App Period Open
SHI is accepting applications for Sealaska scholarships for the 2021-2022 scholar year. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021. However, SHI is offering a $50 incentive to those who complete their scholarship application on or before Feb. 1 and who are accepted as scholarship recipients...(more)
STEAM KITS GO OUT
SHI has sent 1,300 learning kits to middle school students in six communities enrolled in its Opening the Box: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education program. The boxes, known as “Maker Kits,” were delivered to middle schools in Angoon, Sitka, Hoonah, Wrangell, Klawock and Juneau.
SHI is accepting applications for its community language sessions, which will begin in February 2021. These Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian sessions will be offered virtually and open to learners at all language levels. Offered through a partnership between Sealaska Heritage and the University of Alaska Southeast.
virtual 3-d exhibit
war and peace
SHI has unveiled its first-ever virtual 3-D exhibit in an effort to open the space to people worldwide during the pandemic. The site offers visitors a free tour of SHI’s exhibit War and Peace, which closed in April due to the pandemic and was reinvented as a virtual platform for the first Friday of December...(more)
Art, Museum studies
SHI is offering fall 2021 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing arts and science degrees with a focus in Northwest Coast arts, studio arts, performing arts, cinematic arts and technology, or creative writing; or a degree with a concentration in museum studies. Deadline: Dec. 15.
New Video Tutorials
Chilkat, Ravenstail Prep
SHI has released a video series that teaches how to prepare materials to make Chilkat and Ravenstail robes in an effort to support artists and spark a cottage industry, especially in rural areas. The six-part series, which features the noted weaver Lily Hope, gives step-by-step tutorials on how to boil bark, prepare wool, thigh-spin warp and dye weft with copper, hemlock bark and moss.
NORTHWEST COAST ART
New U.S. stamp
The U.S. Postal Service has tapped a Tlingit artist based in Juneau to create a Northwest Coast art stamp for distribution in 2021. The design of the stamp, titled “Raven Story” by Rico Lanáat’ Worl, was unveiled this week by the Postal Service as part of its Forever Stamps series. SHI is working with the agency to hold a release ceremony next year.
david katzeek kingeisti
A virtual memorial ceremony has been scheduled for Shangukeidí (Thunderbird) Clan Leader David Katzeek, who Walked Into the Forest on Oct. 28 at the age of 77. The event marks the first time a traditional memorial ceremony will be held virtually in order to keep the clan leaders, family members and well-wishers safe during the pandemic. (Watch Ceremony) (Memorial Website)
The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has pledged $400,000 toward construction of the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus, currently being built in Juneau by SHI. The donation, which will be given only when the institute raises the remaining balance needed to finish construction, would put SHI a step closer to its fundraising goal of $13 million. The institute still needs to raise about $2 million.
northwest coast art
SHI will sponsor a free online lecture series on Northwest Coast art featuring artists David R. Boxley, Lily Hope, Nicholas Galanin, Melissa Shaginoff and Joel Isaak, Preston Singletary, Crystal and Rico Worl and Alison Bremner, scholar Christopher Green and former president and CEO of the Peabody Dan Monroe.
Native American heritage
SHI will sponsor the following lectures and special event in honor of Native American Heritage Month and Walter Soboleff Day. All lectures will be live streamed on SHI’s YouTube channel at noon. The series, which focuses on citizens and shareholders in Alaska Native corporations and tribes, is also offered as part of a one-credit course through the University of Alaska Southeast.
delayed by pandemic
Sealaska Heritage and Hoonah Indian Association are collaborating on a study exploring the potential biological impact of historical trauma in Alaska Native Peoples and how participation in cultural events may mediate this potential impact. Researchers planned to return to Juneau and Hoonah this year to discuss preliminary results and next steps. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers will be postponing their visit for a year.
Frog Button Blanket
A Washington State man has donated an old Frog button blanket to Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) that is thought to date to the late nineteenth century. The blanket was owned by the late Ethel Kiley, who was born in Klukwan and may have been a Tlingit Raven of the Gaanaxteidí clan, which uses a Frog crest.
baby raven reads
Award for Excellence
SHI's Baby Raven Reads program is one of five recipients in the state chosen for the 2020 Contributions to Literacy in Alaska award given by the Alaska Center for the Book. The center, which is affiliated with the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book, gave Baby Raven Reads its Sue Sherif Literacy Award for excellence in early childhood literacy.