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.
SHI will livestream the Traditional Games open this weekend for athletes ages sixteen and older in Anchorage, marking the first time the games will be held there since the pandemic sidelined the event. The games will feature 50 athletes from Anchorage and other areas of the state. Watch on our website or YouTube starting at 10 am Alaska time on Saturday.
voices on the land
SHI will sponsor a summer storytelling intensive for students entering grades 4-8. The program, Voices on the Land, will be offered in-person in Juneau with a remote option available for students in outlying communities. Voices on the Land is an innovative program that teaches performing arts, digital storytelling, script-writing, story-telling techniques to improve literacy skills.
SHI is seeking a development officer, A Senior Education Administrative Assistant, a STEAM Project Coordinator, an education project manager, an education conference planning administrative assistant, and a culture and history administrative assistant.
Baby Raven Reads
Haida Language Book
Sealaska Heritage has released its first-ever children’s book entirely in the Haida language, X̱aad Kíl. The book, Nang Jáadaa Sg̱áana ‘Láanaa aa Isdáayaan, or The Woman Carried Away by Killer Whales in English, is part of SHI’s award-winning Baby Raven Reads program.
Museum and art studies
Sealaska Heritage is offering fall 2021 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students. Art students must be enrolled in NWC arts courses at the University of Alaska Southeast or arts courses at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Application deadline July 15.. (Flyer)
SHI and Sealaska are livestreaming the memorial service for the late Tlingit leader Kaasháan, Albert Kookesh, from Angoon. The ceremony is scheduled at 6 pm (AKDT), Friday, June 4. The livestream is available to the public through the MySealaska website (no account needed to watch) and via SHI's YouTube. (Program)
new online exhibit
war and peace
SHI, in partnership with Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, will sponsor an in-person, hand skin-sewing workshop in Yakutat with teacher Jennie Wheeler from June 10-13. Space is limited. $100 fee covers a sea otter hide at a $350 value, as well as patterns, supplies, and instruction. Application deadline: June 7.
SHI has digitized and put online video of its second Celebration, a dance-and-culture festival first held in 1982 that has grown into the world’s largest gathering of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people. The entire event, which was documented in 1984 on a now-obsolete video platform, is viewable for the first time in decades on SHI’s YouTube channel.
Native Youth Olympics
Traditional Games 2021
Athletes from Juneau and four other communities, Hoonah, Anchorage, Unalakleet, and Kotzebue, competed in the Northern Regional Traditional Games held May 8-9 in Juneau.
SHI will offer summer academies to middle school students in Southeast Alaska with instruction on science, technology, engineering, arts and math, an approach known as STEAM. The academies will be offered in Juneau, Wrangell, Sitka, Hoonah, Klawock and Angoon, marking the first time it has been offered in multiple communities.
Due to the high level of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ketchikan, SHI is postponing the 2021 Southern Regional Native Youth Olympics Traditional Games previously scheduled there from May 22-23. We’ll post more information when we reschedule. #inthistogether
SHI for the first time will hold a contest to solicit a design for Celebration, a biennial dance-and-culture festival that celebrates Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures. SHI is seeking a Northwest Coast art design that depicts the theme: Celebration 2022: Celebrating 10,000 Years of Cultural Survival...(more)
SHI is accepting proposals from presenters for its fourth Culturally Responsive Education Conference, which is part of a larger effort to promote culturally responsive pedagogy in schools. For the second time, the three-day event will be held virtually because of the COVID-19 virus. (Conference Website)
SHI set to digitize
SHI has received funding to digitize a major collection of audio recordings that include a trove of interviews with notable Elders, clan leaders and other Native people that date back more than 35 years. The collection includes hundreds of recordings made for the award-winning public radio program Southeast Native Radio, which was broadcast by KTOO-FM in Juneau from 1985 to 2001.
SHI will hold an in-person Celebration in Juneau from June 8-11 in 2022. SHI’s board of trustees made the decision this week, in part because participants and staff need many months in advance to plan for the four-day event. We encourage people to book hotel rooms as soon as possible.
SHI and the University of Alaska Southeast are offering tuition waivers to Alaska Native freshmen and sophomores (fewer than 60 total credits from the University of Alaska) living in Alaska. The classes are distance learning. The waivers are offered through the PITAAS program (Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska’s Schools). Application deadline: May 14.
SHI will offer a two-day online “Singing/Acting in Tlingit Workshop” for Indigenous actors and singers to learn techniques to perform in the Tlingit language. The workshop is part of SHI’s Virtual Artist in Residence series, which this month features Ed Littlefield, and will support a Tlingit opera under development /
sea otters, subsistence
SHI will host a free lecture free lecture next Tuesday, March 30, on the effects that sea otters and people have on shellfish beds in rural Southeast Alaska communities.