Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI)

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.

Arts & Entertainment, Visual Arts

Beginning Formline Design

Virtual NW Coast Art Class with Steve Brown

Virtual Beginning Formline Design – NW Coast Art Class with Steve Brown – class takes place Feb. 17–March 21 Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5pm–7:30 pm AKST (7–9:30 pm MST)…

Alaska Native Culture, Arts & Entertainment, Children, Education

SHI Scholarships: Sitka Fine Arts Camp

Announced by SHI - DEADLINE January 15, 2024

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…

Alaska Native Culture, Arts & Entertainment, Visual Arts

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, Film

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…

Alaska Native Culture, Arts & Entertainment, Performance

Raven as Trickster & Cultural Hero

Lecture Series by Sealaska Heritage and Book Planned

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…