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, Education

Language Educator’s Scholarship Program

"Our Ancesters' Echoes" by Sealaska Heritage Institute

Language Educator’s Scholarship Program – Sealaska Heritage Institute’s “Our Ancestors’ Echoes” Language Program has a fully-funded scholarship available to students seeking a bachelor’s degree in Indigenous Studies with an emphasis…

Alaska Native Culture, Arts & Entertainment, Education

Beginner/Intermediate Formline Design

In Kake, with Robert Mills, Nov. 25 - Dec. 8

In this class, students will learn how to construct the types of formline designs that cover the surfaces of boxes, chests, large partition screens, house fronts, and myriad smaller objects…

Alaska Native Culture, Arts & Entertainment

Celebration 2024 Set for June

SHI Announces "Applications Now Open for Some Events"

SHI will sponsor an in-person Celebration from June 5-8, 2024, which will mark the 42nd anniversary of the event, first held in 1982. The dance-and-culture festival in Juneau will feature…

Alaska Native Culture, Arts & Entertainment

Indian Arts & Crafts Act (IACA)

SHI Urges Thoughtful Pause on Proposed Amendments

Testimony heard in last of a nationwide series of consultations with Indigenous people, per SHI article published 8/18/23. Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) and the Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA)…

Alaska Native Culture, Arts & Entertainment

Celebration 2008 Video

Posted by SHI - DNA Research Documenting Shuká Káa

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has digitized and posted on YouTube video of Celebration 2008. Celebration is a dance-and-culture festival first held by SHI in 1982 that has grown into the world’s largest gathering…

Education & Advocacy, Native Arts & Culture

“Baby Raven Reads” Community Liaisons

Sought by SHI in Angoon, Yakutat & Juneau

SHI is recruiting Community Liaisons for its “Baby Raven Reads” program in Angoon, Yakutat and Juneau. The “Baby Raven Reads” program is designed to improve kindergarten readiness and…