Posted By:
Kathy Dye
Kathy Dye
Published On: August 31st, 2022

Free event to be offered in-person, virtually

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will sponsor a free fall lecture series on topics ranging from clan crests, lost Alaskans, historical trauma in Alaska Native peoples and whether there should be a constitutional convention.

All lectures will be at the Walter Soboleff Building in Juneau and live streamed on SHI’s YouTube channel at noon Alaska time and saved to the institute’s channel immediately after.

September 8

  • Lecture: An Alaska Native Memoir: Our Lives Are Stories Telling Themselves by Ernestine Hayes

September 13

  • Lecture: How the Chookaneidí Clan Earned the Rights to Use the Devilfish/Octopus as a Crest by Fred Saat-Kaa Fulmer

September 15

  • Lecture: T’aḵdeintaan Clan and Origin of Crests by Ken Grant

September 20

  • Lecture: Shall There Be a Constitutional Convention? by Bruce Botelho

September 22

  • Lecture: Language Revitalization by Lance X̱’unei Twitchell

September 27

  • Lecture: Sukteeneidí Totem Poles by Ed Thomas

September 28

  • Lecture: Voices of the Ancestors: Inquiries Concerning Tlingit Singing at Yakutat in 1791 by Steve Langdon, Maria Williams, and Judy Ramos

October 4

  • Lecture: Epigenetics and Historical Trauma in Alaska Native Peoples by Riphan Malhi

October 6

  • Lecture: Morningside Hospital: The Lost Alaskans by Niesje Steinkruger and Eric Cordingley

October 13

  • Lecture: Yanyeidí Clan Origin and Crests by Lillian Petershoare

October 25

  • Lecture: Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the Wolf by Steve Langdon

October 27

  • Lecture: The National Academy of Sciences by Thomas Thornton

Date TBA

  • Lecture: History of Teiḵweidí Clan by Dan Brown

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

CONTACT: Kathy Dye, SHI Media and Publications Deputy Director, 907.321.4636,

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