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Free events to be offered virtually

Feb. 23, 2021


Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will sponsor a lecture series in March focusing on Alaska Native subsistence.

All lectures will be livestreamed at 12 pm Alaska time on SHI’s YouTube channel,, and be available for viewing after the livestream (no account required). 

Tuesday, Mar. 2

  • Film Premiere: Gáax’w ka Haaw (Herring Eggs and Branches), a Sitka herring egg subsistence harvest film, with an introduction from Mike Miller, member of the Sitka Tribal Council and a long-time herring-egg harvester.

Thursday, Mar. 4

  • Herring and People of the North Pacific: Sustaining a Foundational and Keystone Species by Thomas F. Thornton, professor of environment and society and director of the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center at the University of Alaska, Southeast.

Tuesday, Mar. 9

  • Traditional Tlingit Knowledge on Ice-flow Seal Hunting at Disenchantment Bay, Yakutat, Alaska by Judith Daxootsú Ramos, assistant professor for the department of Alaska Native studies and rural development at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Thursday, Mar. 11

  • Significance of Subsistence Sharing by Dr. Steve J. Langdon, emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

Tuesday, Mar. 16                           

  • Kake Community Subsistence Harvest and Distribution by Dawn Jackson, executive director of the Organized Village of Kake.

Thursday, Mar. 18

  • Kuskokwim River Traditional Salmon Fishing: A Religious Practice by Taylor Brelsford, an environmental anthropologist who was involved in research, tribal program advocacy, university teaching and large-scale environmental reviews of major development projects affecting Alaska Native communities.

Tuesday, Mar. 23

  • Subsistence Hunting and Fishing in Alaska Under State and Federal Programs: Similarities, Contrasts and Demographic Patterns by James A. Fall, a cultural anthropologist who was program manager for the division of subsistence of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Thursday, Mar. 25

  • Conservation Refugees by Mark Dowie, an investigative journalist and author of the book of this title and six other publications.

Tuesday, Mar. 30

  • Addressing Complex Resource Conflicts: People, Sea Otters and Shellfish in Southeast Alaska by Sonia Natalie Ibarra, National Science Foundation fellow and Andrew W. Mellon fellow, college of fisheries and ocean sciences, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

This program is provided under the Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools (PITAAS) program and funded by the Alaska Native Education Program.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Its goal is to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. SHI also conducts social scientific and public policy research that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars, a Native Artist Committee and a Southeast Regional Language Committee.

CONTACT: Amy Fletcher, SHI Media and Publications Director, 907.586.9116,