Sealaska Heritage Institute

Native People Telling the Native Story

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105 South Serward St. Suite 201
Juneau, AK 99801
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About Us

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a Native nonprofit founded in 1980 to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Its goals are to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. Sealaska Heritage also conducts 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.

We offer numerous programs promoting Southeast Alaskan Native culture, including language and art. We maintain a substantial archive of Southeast Alaskan Native ethnographic material. We partner with local schools to promote academics and cultural education. Biennially, we produce Celebration, one of Alaska’s largest Native gatherings. We own and operate the Sealaska Heritage Store and curate cultural exhibits on the first floor of our headquarters in Juneau’s landmark Walter Soboleff Building.

Alaska Native Culture, Arts & Sciences

Ancient Underwater Fish Weir

Discovered at Prince of Wales Island

A team of scientists exploring an underwater region of southern Southeast Alaska has discovered what might be the oldest stone fish weir ever found in the world. The existence of…

Alaska Native Culture, Education, Learning & Fun

Baby Raven Reads!

Enrollment is Open

Baby Raven Reads is an innovative Sealaska Heritage education program promoting language development and early literacy skills for Alaska Native families with children up to 5 years old or who…

Alaska Native Culture, Arts & Sciences

Chilkat Weaver Biography

Klukwan artist Clara Newman Benson

Sealaska Heritage Institute has published the first-ever biography of the prolific Klukwan artist Clara Newman Benson (Deinḵul.át), who lived from 1856 to 1935 and was a significant Chilkat weaver of…

Native Arts & Culture

Sealaska Heritage is Hiring

Many Openings in Juneau

Cultural Interpreter SHI is seeking a cultural interpreter to provide cultural interpretation and guidance to visitors to the Walter Soboleff Building. Responsibilities include greeting visitors to the building and providing…