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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.

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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)

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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)

JUNEAU WORKSHOP
Model canoe carving

SHI, in partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast, is sponsoring a workshop on how to make model canoes. Space is limited. Previous carving and formline experience is required. UAS credit available. Application deadline: March 3. (Flyer)

 

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Paid internship

Are you interested in becoming an educator? Want to learn more about working with youth? Apply for our paid summer internship! Application deadline: March 31. (Flyer)

Live stream
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!

Classroom
TCLL expands

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. 

JUNEAU WORKSHOP
LEARN TO BEAD

SHI will sponsor a workshop on how to bead with Tlingit artist Jill Kaasteen Meserve from Feb. 18-20 in Juneau. Space is limited. This is a beginner’s beading course with a goal of completing one project by the end of class. Application deadline: Feb. 10. (Flyer)

Call for artists
First Fridays

SHI is seeking artists to demonstrate and sell their work at monthly First Friday events at the Walter Soboleff Building in Juneau. Registration is free! (Flyer)

JUNEAU WORKSHOP
Bowl carving

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)

SITKA CLASS
SKIN SEWING

Sealaska Heritage, in partnership with Sitka Tribe of Alaska and the Sitka National Historical Park, will sponsor an in-person, hand skin-sewing workshop in Sitka with teacher Robert Miller from Jan. 26-29. Space is limited. (Flyer)

REGISTER
TRADITIONAL GAMES

Registration is now open for the 2023 Traditional Games, scheduled April 1-2, 2023, in Juneau. The games are open to athletes ages 11 and older. Athletes who register by March 1 are eligible to win a sealskin kicking ball! (Register)

 

seattle class
moccasin making

SHI will sponsor a class on how to make moccasins with Tlingit teacher Carmaleeda Estrada in Anchorage from Feb. 3-6. Fee: $75—includes all supplies needed to make one pair of moccasins per participant. No experience necessary. (Flyer)

chilkat weaving
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.

Celebration 1996
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. 

JUNEAU WORKSHOP
Loom making

SHI will sponsor a workshop from Jan. 16-27 in Juneau on how to make tabletop looms. Prior woodshop experience is required. Taught by Kevin Miller. Space is limited. (Flyer)

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Language scholarships

Want to learn a Native language? Now is the time! SHI is offering scholarships for language students enrolled at the University of Alaska Southeast. Funding available in spring 2023. See application for more details. (Flyer)

The Inbox
Tales from the trail

A drum with a formline design of an orca is displayed. In addition to the typical red and black there are also light green lines used to indicate the waves and the whale's exhaled vapor.

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!

JUNEAU WORKSHOP
Model totem carving

SHI will sponsor a workshop on how to carve model totem poles from Jan. 14-Feb. 5 with teacher Ray Watkins. UAS credit available. Space is limited. Application deadline: Jan. 9. (Flyer)

JUNEAU WORKSHOP
How to weave spruce roots

SHI will sponsor a workshop on how to weave with spruce roots from Jan. 20-Feb. 4 with teacher Debbie Head. UAS credit available. Space is limited. Application deadline: Jan. 13. (Flyer)

Celebration
documentary released

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).

native languages
scholarships

SHI will fund University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) students interested in taking courses in aad 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)

Lecture
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.

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