Sealaska Heritage


New Arts Campus
SHI kicks off campaign

(Website) (Brochure) (Donate) 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. 


Art, Museum studies

(Apply) SHI is offering scholarships to students majoring in art and museum studies under a program offered in partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in New Mexico. The application deadline is Jan. 3, 2020.

In the news:
war and peace

By Michael S. Lockett, Juneau Empire—The Sealaska Heritage Institute unveiled its newest exhibit, War and Peace, Friday for Gallery Walk. “The Tlingit word for war was also the Tlingit word for law,” said Chuck Smythe, the history and culture director for the SHI. Both the Russians and, later, the Americans would come to know the inhabitants of Southeast Alaska as fierce warriors...

Job OpportunitIES, RFPs

We're expanding: Come join our team! Sealaska Heritage currently has numerous job openings plus we are seeking proposals for three project evaluators. 

Meet Alyssa Bader

Meet Tsimshian scholar Alyssa Bader: SHI Postdoctoral Fellow studying impact of Native food on people. One of Alyssa Bader’s strongest connections to her culture has always been food. That she is studying how traditional Southeast Alaska Native foods impact health, then, is not too surprising.

In the news:
Herring fishery threat

By Michael S. Lockett, Juneau Empire—The practice of harvesting and trading herring eggs for subsistence is an old one in Southeast Alaska. But it’s one that’s threatened by commercial fishing activity and shortened harvesting periods, a University of Alaska Southeast professor said during a presentation at the Sealaska Heritage Institute on Tuesday.

baby raven reads
New Books

Sealaska Heritage has released three new children’s books through its award-winning Baby Raven Reads program. The release includes Cradle Songs of Southeast Alaska, the institute’s first fully trilingual book, which features Lingít (Tlingit), X̱aad Kíl (Haida) and Sm'algya̱x (Tsimshian) old and new songs, and color books Xanggáay and Wilgyigyet.

In the news:
Herring fishery threat

By Ari Snider, KCAW—A new study reveals previously unaccounted for economic and cultural benefits of herring. The extensive report also highlights threats posed by the current state management plan to the subsistence herring roe fishery in Sitka Sound.

Tlingit retreat

SHI will sponsor a Tlingit language retreat and workshop with X’unei Lance Twitchell from Dec. 16-20 in Seattle. Availability is limited. Priority given to participants by date of completed registration. Everyone welcome—no language experience required. No registration fee. (Flyer)

Artists in Residence
Anastasia Hobson-George

SHI will sponsor Tlingit weaver Anastasia (Shaawaat Ku Gei) Hobson-George and her apprentice, Sara Aceveda, as artists-in-residence this winter to work on an endangered form of weaving. The artists will weave a piece called a “transition tunic,” which incorporates sleeves and both Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving techniques. 

Herring system in peril

A new study is recommending major changes to the way the State of Alaska manages the sac roe herring fishery in Sitka Sound and is predicting dire outcomes for the ancient subsistence herring roe fishery located there, which supports people across the state and Pacific Northwest, if things do not change...(more

In the news:

By Peter Segall, Juneau Empire— As the son of renowned formline artist David A. Boxley, the younger Boxley spent his youth immersed in Tsimshian art and culture. In an interview with the Empire, Boxley said that he knew what he wanted to do from a young age.  (Video)

Artists in Residence
David R. Boxley

SHI will sponsor the award-winning Tsimshian artist David R. Boxley as an artist-in-residence this month from Nov. 18-22. ​Boxley, who won Best of Show and Best of Formline for his piece, Txaamsem, in SHI’s 2016 Juried Art Show and Competition, will carve a piece during his residency at Sealaska Heritage. Public invited!

Walter Soboleff Day

SHI’s event featuring recollections on the late Tlingit spiritual leader Dr. Walter Soboleff is now online. The talk, “Walter Soboleff Day: Reflections on Dr. Soboleff,” was led by his nephew Albert Kookesh and followed by audience members who shared their stories of Dr. Soboleff.

Father of land claims

SHI’s lecture on Native civil rights activists, including William L. Paul, Sr., who was Alaska’s first Native attorney, is now online. The lecture, Remembering William L. Paul, Sr., the Father of Land Claims, and Others was given by Dennis Demmert, a distinguished Tlingit educator.

Tlingit slavery in Alaska

SHI's lecture on In re Sah Quah, the 1886 decision that prohibited Tlingit slavery in Alaska,​ is now online. The talk, The Meaning of a Meaningless Case: In Re Sah Quah: The Perils of Common Law Indigenous Rights,” was given by David S. Case, author and later co-author of Alaska Natives and American Laws.

Tee-Hit-Ton Decision

SHI’s lecture on an appalling miscarriage of justice that affected the Tlingit Nation in one of the worst Indian cases ever decided—the 1955 Tee-Hit-Ton decision—is now online. The lecture, “Tee-Hit-Ton v. United States: A Case Study in Indigenous Injustice,” was given by Walter Echo-Hawk, an author, attorney and legal scholar.

Metlakatla Salmon

SHI's lecture on the Metlakatla reservation salmon fishery and how that fishery provides the economic foundation for a community of 1,200 residents is now online. The talk, A Story Not Told: The Metlakatla Tsimshian Salmon Fishery on the Annette Island Reservation, Alaska, was given by Steve J. Langdon.


SHI's lecture on a pivotal lawsuit that affected both Tlingit and Haida citizens and the trajectory of the final settlement of all Alaska Native land claims under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 in now online. The lecture, The Tlingit & Haida Indians of Alaska v. United States, was given by attorney Chris E. McNeil, Jr....(more).

Celebration 2020

SHI is accepting applications for volunteer positions at Celebration 2020. Volunteers who donate a minimum of four hours get a free, one-day pass! Thank you volunteers, we could not do Celebration without you! 

Celebration 2020
Apply: Dance Groups

SHI is accepting applications for dance groups to perform at Celebration 2020, scheduled June 10-13. Application deadline: March 27

Celebration 2020
Apply: Fashion Show

Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications its Indigenous Fashion Show, which will be held during Celebration 2020. The show is open to Indigenous artists and designers who are Alaska Native, First Nation or Native American. Preference is given to high-fashion and haute couture clothing that displays innovative use of traditional Indigenous styles and materials.


Celebration 2020
Apply: Juried art show

Sealaska Heritage is accepting applications its Juried Art Show and Competition (JAS), which will be held during Celebration 2020. The juried art show is open to Alaska Native and Native American artists who practice Northwest Coast arts...(more)


Celebration 2020
Apply: Native Artist Market

SHI is accepting applications for its Native Artist Market, which will be held during Celebration 2020. The market is scheduled June 10-13. Application deadline: May 15.