Seeking Alaska Native Artists

Calling all Alaska Native artists and culture bearers! The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum invite Alaska Native artists to submit an application for the 2024 Alaska Native Artist Residency Program. There are five residency positions and the deadline to apply is Jan. 15, 2024. For an application, visit museums.alaska.gov/artist_opportunities or call (907) 747-8981. Residencies are…

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SHI Scholarships: Sitka Fine Arts Camp

SHARING OUR STORIES: VOICES ON THE LAND Voices on the Land serves students in Southeast Alaska through a culturally based, arts integration program. While we cultivate students’ artistic talent, we also work to create pathways for students to consider futures in arts education. This grant-funded program currently serves the communities of Yakutat, Craig, Klawock, Ketchikan,…

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Native Pollinators, Plants & Gardening

Here is some valuable information from Yakutat Tlingit Tribe about pollinators, plants & gardening! What are Pollinators? Pollination is the first step that creates new generations of plants, and is the fertilization of a plant’s female organs. Pollinators are the agents which facilitate fertilization, moving pollen to the ovule of another plant. Common pollinators include…

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Traditional Foods & Seasonal Harvest

Seasonal harvest allows us to be active, learn about local flora/fauna, and obtain nutrient dense foods. There are numerous wild foods that we can harvest over the course of the year. Lingít X’áax’i (Crabapple) Harvesting:  Crabapple trees have reddish-green, oblong berries in the fall. Look for trees or shrubs along the coast. Preparing:  Crabapples can…

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Sitka Tribe’s Kayaaní Commission

Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Kayaaní Commission meets the Last Monday of Every Month from 6:30-8:30pm. All are welcome to attend, including STA Tribal citizens, plant knowledge holders, and anyone who wants to learn about harvesting plants. The August meeting will be Monday August 28th – Join the meeting in person at the STA office at 204…

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Indian Arts & Crafts Act (IACA)

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) are urging the federal government to hold off on implementing proposed amendments to the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA), a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits…

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Arctic Institute Colonialism Series

“Indigenous peoples have inhabited the Arctic since time immemorial, establishing rich regional cultures and governance systems long before the introduction of modern borders. The Arctic Institute’s 2022 Colonialism Series explores the colonial histories of Arctic nations and the still-evolving relationships between settler governments and Arctic Indigenous peoples in a time of renewed Arctic exploration and…

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Celebration 2008 Video

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 of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people. The 2008 event featured 52 dance groups from Alaska, the Lower 48 and Canada. At Celebration 2008, SHI…

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News from S’us’ Héeni Sháak

SCLT Community Dedication and Naming Ceremony for S’us’ Héeni Sháak Neighborhood: The ceremony took place May 13th in the central parking area of the neighborhood at 1410 HPR. There were also public tours of the two under-construction homes. 1318 HPR is a nearly complete two-bedroom in a one-story layout and 1350 HPR is a three-bedroom…

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Raven as Trickster & Cultural Hero

Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a lecture series on “Raven as Trickster and Cultural Hero” by traditional Tlingit and Tsimshian storytellers. Free event to be offered in-person and virtually. The series will end with an academic review of Raven stories by a scholar of Northwest Coast culture and history. All lectures will be held in-person…

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T&H Central Council and Tanana Chiefs

Two large Alaska tribal organizations have announced their departure from the Alaska Federation of Natives. Per a May 10, 2023 piece by Rhonda McBride on Alaska Public Media, the announcement met with a range of responses from Native leaders. According to McBride’s article, “each (organization) cited different reasons for parting company with AFN.” Tlingit and…

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Outer Coast Year 2023-24

The Outer Coast Year is a transformative, community-based, student-governed education for high school graduates. The Outer Coast Year 2023-24 Application is open! Applications are being considered on a rolling basis  until all spots are filled. Earlier applicants will receive earlier decisions, so we encourage students to apply as soon as they are ready. If you have…

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