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.

education calendar
2019 programming

Sealaska Heritage is offering seven major summer programs in 2019 for youth, including a math and culture academy, a performing arts camp, our arts and leadership academy, Baby Raven Reads events and our Latseen hoop and running camps. 

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. 

jackson's early work

SHI will sponsor a free lecture on Nathan Jackson, the famed Alaskan Tlingit artist and subject of the institute’s current exhibition, Yéil Yádi—Raven Child: A Nathan Jackson Retrospective. The lecture will focus on Jackson’s early career in the 1960s. 

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. 


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. 

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.

Judson Brown Winner

A graduate student at Western Governors University who is pursuing a master’s degree in business has won Sealaska Heritage Institute’s 2019 Judson L. Brown Leadership Award. The award, which is given to one student each year, was given to Sealaska shareholder Ursula Jones of Juneau.

voices on the land
program expands

SHI has expanded its performing arts program for youth, Voices on the Land, to Yakutat and Ketchikan. ​Voices on the Land is an innovative program that teaches performing arts, digital storytelling, script-writing, story-telling techniques and the tools of the actor to improve literacy skills of students in grades 4-8. (Application: Juneau Arts Intensives)


SHI, through Sealaska, is now offering scholarships for part-time students enrolled in college or voc-tech school. The application period for the 2019-2020 academic year is now open. Application deadline: July 15. See application for requirements.

latseen running camp
applications online

SHI will sponsor its Latseen Running Camp from June 17-20 in Juneau. This is a free program that seeks to improve strength of body, mind, and spirit while fostering the connection between our lives and land through running. The camp is for incoming 6th thru 8th grade Alaska Native student athletes.  (Flyer)

Native Identity research

Sealaska Heritage Visiting Scholar Jessie Barker talks about the research she led at Celebration 2018 on Native identity in this guest post: I arrived in Juneau the day before Celebration, the zipper on my suitcase almost broken from trying to close around a bagful of clipboards...

Robert Davidson on art

The renowned master artist Robert Davidson has agreed to allow Sealaska Heritage to post occasional teachings online. In this latest blog, he talks about what it takes to achieve the greatness of the old masters of Northwest Coast art.

new exhibit
artist nathan jackson

SHI will unveil a new exhibit this week featuring the work of Tlingit master artist Nathan Jackson, one of the most renowned and internationally recognized Tlingit artists of his generation. Yéil Yádi—Raven Child: A Nathan Jackson Retrospective will show Jackson’s work from his earliest productions to his most recent.


SHI will sponsor its annual Latseen Hoop Camp in Juneau in August and feature Bob Saviers, a current coach for Juneau's Hoop Time Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). This is a free, innovative program that provides a fun and safe environment for youth to be physically active, develop basketball fundamentals and learn the Tlingit language....(more)