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. 


Calendar of Events

Check out SHI's calendar of events for 2020! Find dates and venues for summer camps, lectures, art and education opportunites and more.

Celebration 2020
Art Jurors Chosen

A well-known Tlingit and Haida artist and a renowned art historian have been chosen to judge Sealaska Heritage's next Juried Art Show and Competition, which will open prior to Celebration 2020 in June. SHI, through recommendations by its Native Artist Committee, also has named a Tlingit visual artist as juror for its Juried Youth Art Exhibit.

historic meeting

Clan Elders and other tribal members from Angoon, Kake and Wrangell participated in a historic meeting this week with Alaska’s senior military leader to discuss bombardments on the three villages waged by the United States in 1869 and 1882. Lt. Gen. Thomas A. Bussiere met with tribal members at SHI to discuss possible ways to reconcile and to heal.

skin-sewing workshop

SEATTLE: Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a class in Seattle on how to make moccasins with Tlingit teacher Carmaleeda Estrada in Seattle from Feb. 20-23. Limited to 15 participants. A $75 fee includes all supplies needed for the class. Limited to 15 participants. Application deadline: Feb. 18. (Flyer)


A new species of thalattosaur, a marine reptile that lived more than 200 million years ago and was recently discovered, has been given a Tlingit name. The new species was named Gunakadeit joseeae on the recommendation of a panel of traditional scholars and the approval of Tlingit Elders from Kake.

Arts Campus

An Anchorage couple has donated $25,000 toward Sealaska Heritage's planned arts campus, which will be a public space for perpetuating and experiencing Alaska Native art. The couple, Rod Worl and Dawn Dinwoodie, made the gift in part because the names of contributors will be engraved at the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus as founding donors.

new podcast

SHI has published a new podcast in an effort to support Native language revitalization efforts and to provide another tool for those in the field. “Roots & Stems” will feature interviews with language educators sharing their experiences in language learning and community. 

baby raven reads

SHI's Baby Raven Reads book Raven Makes the Aleutians has won a Picture Book Honor award from the American Indian Library Association. The AILA, an affiliate of the American Library Association, announced winners of its biennial Youth Media Awards today, calling the selected books “the best of the best in children’s and young adult literature.” 



ANGOON & HOONAH: Through a partnership with Tlingit and Haida, SHI is sponsoring a free gillnet preparation and hanging class in Angoon Feb. 20-19 (note revised dates) and in Hoonah Feb. 17-26. Instructors: Thomas Williams, Jr., Michael Beasley, and Walter Lindoff II.  (Flyer)

Celebration 2020
Model Recruitment

Sealaska Heritage is seeking models for its Indigenous Fashion Show, which will be held during Celebration 2020, June 10-13. No deadline to apply. The fashion show is one of the major events at Celebration. 


SHI is recruiting elementary school teachers, support staff and administrators to participate in its annual cultural orientation program, which aims to incorporate Native world views into schools and promote cross-cultural understanding...(more)

Art, Museum studies

Deadline extended: 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. 24, 2020.

Research update Metlakatla

Last month, I visited the Metlakatla First Nation in British Columbia to continue a project we developed investigating how a marine-based diet has shaped the composition of the oral microbiome in the Coast Tsimshian community. In 2018, with permission from the community, I extracted ancient DNA from the dental plaque of Ancestors...

Champion for Kids

Traditional games athlete and coach Kyle Worl is one of two Alaskans chosen for the state’s “Champions for Kids” award this year. Worl, along with fellow awardee Kevin Ritchie, have been instrumental in helping children and families in Alaska thrive, according to an announcement released by the Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT).

halibut hook class

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a halibut hook class in Seattle Jan. 21-16 with Tlingit artist Donald Gregory. Fee: $50. Space is limited. More about these ingenious, Indigenous tools. (Flyer)

skin-sewing workshop

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a hand skin-sewing workshop in Metlakatla with Robert Miller from Jan. 30- Feb. 2 at the Metlakatla High school Annex Building. Class is limited to 15 participants. Application deadline: Jan. 27. (Flyer)

skin-sewing workshop

SHI will sponsor a machine skin-sewing workshop in Juneau with Robert Miller from Jan. 23-26 or Feb. 20-23 at Gajaa Hít. Each class is limited to 4 participants. Applicants must have already taken a hand-sewing class. Application deadline: Jan. 17. (Flyer)


SHI will sponsor a free lecture series on Indigenous language revitalization efforts, presented by scholars and professionals working in the field. The goal is to share teaching techniques more broadly and to connect language professionals working to perpetuate Native languages.

Celebration 2020

We have some deadlines on the horizon for Celebration 2020, which is scheduled June 10-13. (Applications and Information)

App Period Open

The enrollment period for Sealaska scholarship applications is open for the 2020-2021 school year. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020. 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.

clan leaders

SHI's Council of Traditional Scholars has developed a Clan Leaders statement to offer the minimal qualities of character and knowledge that they collectively see as necessary for clan leaders. The Council further recognizes that clans may have additional or different standards and these are respected. The Council encourages others to offer their recommendations:

new scholarships

SHI is offering a new program to fund Alaska Native students who want to learn their heritage language for the purpose of teaching it to others. The program will provide scholarships to students enrolled at the University of Alaska Southeast who are taking classes in Lingít Yoo X’atángi (Tlingit language), Xaad Kíl (Haida language), or Sm’algyax (Tsimshian language)...(more)

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...