Sealaska Heritage


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.


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)

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. 

oral microbiomes

SHI is sponsoring a visiting scholar who is studying how consuming traditional foods and participating in subsistence harvesting activities shapes the oral microbiome of Indigenous communities in Southeast Alaska. The scholar is seeking to understand the evolution of the human oral microbiome more broadly.

Job OpportunitIES

SHI is seeking a medial technical specialist, a director of culture and history, a part-time retail sales associate for the Sealaska Heritage Store and Elder Cultural Specialists Elder Cultural Specialists for the Tlingit Culture Language and Literacy (TCLL) program at Harborview Elementary...(more)

Latseen Art & Leadership

Read about the Latseen Northwest Coast Art and Leadership Academy 2019 summer camp, a culturally-based education and leadership training for high-schoolers.


SHI and UAS are offering Tlingit language and Northwest Coast art classes this fall. We have scholarships available for the art classes. Scholarship application deadline: Aug. 14. For help enrolling, contact (Apply: Tlingit Language) (Apply: Northwest Coast Art) (Apply: Tlingit Language/Art, Non Credit) (Scholarship Application)


The United States Green Building Council has awarded SHI's Walter Soboleff Building a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating, making it the second structure in Southeast Alaska to win gold status. The award is the second highest level of performance that can be achieved under the program. 


In this post, SHI President Rosita Worl addresses the question "What is the proper response when a clan performs a Spirit Song?"

Job OpportunitIES

SHI and the Juneau School District are seeking Elder Cultural Specialists for the Tlingit Culture Language and Literacy program at Harborview Elementary. This program requires a time commitment of 4 hours a day, 5 days a week for 37 weeks. This role constitutes a pay rate of $35 an hour.  (Application)

traditional games
team juneau wins big

Team Juneau took 14 medals at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO) in Fairbanks this week, one of the largest showings ever captured by the capital city. The awards were given to seven local athletes and included five gold, four silver and four bronze medals for Juneau’s team, which is relatively new to the WEIO.

In the news:
Lecture on Trauma

By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—Trauma suffered by families and communities has a lingering and negative impact, said a pair of guest speakers Tuesday at the Walter Soboleff building. Brenda Thayer and Dan Press spoke about the lasting effects of multi-generational trauma.

baby raven reads
book review

Plenty of new Alaska-themed children’s books are on the shelves, providing fun and educational summer reading fodder for the younger set. Beginning reading books are a great way to introduce children in Alaska and beyond to our state and its many cultures and wonders, and none of the following half-dozen books disappoint. 

In the news:
DNA study

By Zoe Grueskin, KTOO—It’s well known that traumatic experiences can have lifelong impacts on health and well-being. But it’s possible that those effects can last longer than a single lifetime. A new study asks whether the effects of trauma have been passed down genetically in Tlingit families in Hoonah. 

shi 2018 highlights

Watch highlights of some of the activities of Sealaska Heritage Institute in 2018, including our biennial Celebration, SHI's new Baby Raven Reads books, exhibits and more. The booklet is also available online or upon request.

halibut hook class

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a halibut-hook carving class with Tlingit artist Donald Héendeí Gregory in Anchorage from August 8-11. Limited to 15 participants. Fee: $25.  (Flyer)

In the news:
DNA study

By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—Your blood might help researchers better understand how colonization may have changed Alaska Natives’ DNA. A new study taking samples in Juneau this week and later this summer in Hoonah will analyze the DNA of Hoonah residents and Hoonah people living in Juneau...


SHI is collaborating on a genetics study that will focus on how historical trauma associated with European colonization may have changed the DNA of Native people. The study is seeking to combine advances in technology with community-based research to study the biological basis shaping adverse health outcomes resulting from the many changes since European contact.


A Ph.D. candidate who is pursuing a degree in linguistics with a specialization in revitalization is this year’s recipient of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Ruth Demmert Language Scholarship. The $5,000 award is given to only one student each year.

Raven Hat Unveiling

SHI has purchased a new Raven hat by artist Nathan Jackson, one of the most renowned and internationally-recognized Tlingit artists of his generation. The red-cedar hat, which was carved this year, is traditional in form and similar to clan crest hats used in memorial ceremonies. 

Gajaa Hít Carving

In this blog we look into the carving sessions occurring most Saturdays at Gajaa Hít, which are a Haa Latseen Community Project, and the carving projects participants are working on.

In the news:
Artists' Presentation

By Ben Hohenstatt, Juneau Empire—Their goal was to make it through the afternoon without crying. Tlingit weavers Anastasia Shaawaat Ku Gei Hobson-George and Lily Hope presented Chilkat leggings — a type of garment worn on the leg made with a labor-intensive Alaska Native weaving style...

Weaving presentation
northwest coast art

The award-winning Tlingit artist Lily Hope and her apprentice, Anastasia Hobson-George, will give a free, public presentation on Chilkat weaving and leggings they have been working on at SHI. Hope has been mentoring Hobson-George this month at SHI’s artists-in-residence space, and the pair will unveil the final Chilkat weavings at the event.

Native Youth Olympics

In this blog, we look back on Team Juneau and the 2018-2019 season of Native Youth Olympics and the athletes' extraordinary accomplishments. A huge thank you to all of our sponsors who made this program possible.