Calling all Local Artists!

The Indigenous Peoples Day Planning Committee has an opportunity for you! We’re looking for someone to design our logo for our program this year! Based on popular vote, this year’s theme is:  “Linking Generations: Our Ancestors, Us and Our Future” For artists who are seriously interested, please email mkurzer@safv.org for guidelines and additional information. Now…

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Sitka Tribe Family Activities

Sitka Tribe of Alaska Social Services Department invites STA Tribal Citizens and their families to register for Summer 2024 activities June 15th 2-5:30pm – Wildlife Cruise July 27th 1:30-5:30pm – Beach Excursion Sept. 12th 2:30-5:30pm – Wildlife Cruise Space is limited and Registration Required. Visit bit.ly/4dHwPf5 or call Jean Swanson at (907) 747-3968. 𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐫…

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Silent Online Auction by Friends of SJ Museum

The Friends’ 2024 Silent Auction is live! All proceeds support the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program and other museum activities. The auction is entirely online this year for your convenience. Visit fsjm.betterworld.org any time to place a bid or watch the action. There are one-of-a-kind art and rare books as items this year. The silent auction runs…

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Educators of Distinction

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is accepting nominations for “Educators of Distinction” in an effort to highlight the role that educators play in students’ academic, emotional and cultural success. People who serve as teachers, educational support staff, administrators or coaches, or “community members whose work is of such high quality to merit recognition” – any of…

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Yéil Koowú – Ravenstail Weaving

“The History and Future of Yéil Koowú” is the title of a multi-media event presented in Juneau, Alaska on April 30, 2024. The event, which highlighted and celebrated the art of Ravenstail Weaving, was broadcast live on KTOO 360TV and streamed live on KTOO.org and LilyHope.com. You can also watch the 90-minute video on You…

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Art Students Craft Xóots Piece

Students in Ms. Manewal’s Glass & Tile class and Advanced Formline students of Mr. Skultka’s collaborated to transform this red cedar brown bear into a work of art using glass and and tile. “Buddy” was originally carved on the SHS CNC router in 2018 during an open house. The bear will soon be located at…

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Online Dictionary: Three Languages

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has launched a new online dictionary that allows users to search for words and phrases in Lingít (Tlingit language), X̱aad Kíl (Haida language), Shm’algyack (Tsimshian language) or English, and to browse words and phrases, and also to listen to heritage language speakers pronouncing the entries. You can hear a word pronounced…

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Artist-in-Residence Program

This summer and fall, the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program will include the following artists: Lisa Lynch, Inupiaq painter and beader (June 11-July 2) Neva Mathias, Cup’ik grass weaver and dance fan maker (July 23-Aug. 11) Jim Hart, Tlingit carver (Aug 20-Sept. 8) Tina Harness, Yup’ik beader (Sept. 12-Oct. 2) Denali McGlashan, Unangax painter (Oct.…

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Beginning NWC Drum Making

Course takes place in Juneau at Atnané Hít from May 6-12. Apply by April 22nd. Cost is $50. Course is open to anyone but also offers credit from UAS (S180 – UAS) for a separate fee. Held Mon., Wed., Fri. 5:30-8:30pm, and Sat.-Sun. 12-5pm. See image below for QR code. Questions? Contact katelynn.drake@sealaska.com OR (907)…

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NW Coast Beginning Basketry

“Art S183 Harvest and Preparation of Basketry Materials” – Saturdays and Sundays from April 27 through May 5 from 9am-5pm at Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus, Textile Room 2, Downtown Juneau. Capacity is limited. Class cost is $25 (There is an additional fee of $90 for students seeking UAS credit.) Previous experience is not necessary to…

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Celebration 2024 in Juneau

CELEBRATION:  “Together We Live in Balance” — Application Deadlines remaining in May: Whether you’re a Native artist, filmmaker, a foodie, dancer, or just eager to be a part of Celebration 2024, we have something for everyone! While the deadlines have already passed for the Juried Youth Art Exhibit, the Dance Groups, and the Juried Film…

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Celebration 2024 Design Winner

SHI announces winner of Celebration 2024 Art Contest. Five other entries were chosen for honorable mentions. An artist from Seattle has won Sealaska Heritage Institute’s (SHI) competition to visually represent this year’s Celebration, a huge, dance-and-culture festival held every even year in Juneau since 1982. The artist, G̱at X̱wéech (Nick Alan Foote), won with his…

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Xóots Elementary School

According to a March 8, 2024 article by KCAW’s Robert Woolsey, “Baranof Elementary School in Sitka has a new name. The Sitka School Board voted unanimously on Thursday (3-6-24) to make the change, culminating a lengthy discussion on a different-yet-related topic: The need to make cultural education a more immersive experience in Sitka for everyone.…

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Documenting Tlingit Gesture System

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is launching a groundbreaking new program to document 100 gestures used in Tlingit communication identified nearly 40 years ago, to recover other gestures still known and used by Tlingit elders, and to investigate whether similar structures existed for Haida and Tsimshian languages. Documenting the practice, known as the Tlingit Gesture System…

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