A fire bowl dating back to the 1800s was recently donated to Sealaska Heritage Institute by Brian Wallace of Juneau. (Courtesy photo | Sealaska Heritage Institute)

A fire bowl dating back to the 1800s was recently donated to Sealaska Heritage Institute by Brian Wallace of Juneau. (Courtesy photo | Sealaska Heritage Institute)

Ring in the new year at gala, Sealaska Heritage Institute receives authentic fire bowl

News briefs for the week of Dec. 27, 2018.

The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and Juneau Jazz & Classics will help folks ring in the new year with a gala.

The New Year’s Eve Gala will be held on Monday, Dec. 31st, at Centennial Hall, 101 Egan Drive. It will begin with cocktails and appetizers at 6:30 p.m., accompanied by the Luke Weld Ensemble. At 7:30 p.m. a meal will be served with the Juneau Big Band playing. At 9:30 p.m., the party will shift into high gear, with Gamble & the High Costa Living rocking and rolling into the New Year.

New Year’s Eve Gala tickets for the entire evening including dinner are $125 for individuals, $225 for couples, and $1,000 for tables of 10. For those who want just to dance, tickets are $30 for individuals and $50 for couples.

Tickets are available at the JACC, Centennial Hall, online at www.jahc.org and www.jazzandclassics.org, by calling (907)586-2787 or the Jazz & Classics office at (907)463-3378, and at both locations of Hearthside Books.

SHI to accept scholarship applications

The enrollment period for Sealaska scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 school year opened Saturday, Dec. 15.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.

However, SHI is offering a $50 incentive to those who complete their scholarship application on or before Feb. 1 and who are accepted as scholarship recipients; if selected as a recipient, the $50 will be included in their scholarship award. Scholarships must be filled out and submitted online at www.sealaskaheritage.org or www.mysealaska.com.

Awards will be made to Sealaska shareholders and descendants enrolled in accredited colleges, universities and vocational-technical schools. The scholarships are given to roughly 400 students per year.

Sealaska shareholder donates fire bowl

A Sealaska shareholder donated an old ceremonial fire bowl that dates to circa late 1800s to Sealaska Heritage Institute for its ethnographic collection.

Fire bowls, called gankas’íx’i in Tlingit, historically were used to transport food to the spirit world and to ancestors during ceremonies, such as 40 Day Parties and ku.éex’.

Brian Wallace of Juneau donated the piece to SHI, saying in a press release, “it is a priceless relic that needs a secure home.”

“At Sealaska Heritage it will be safe. It will be retired from public use, but it will have an active retirement as an object of study by scholars and students of Tlingit culture,” Wallace said in a release.

It’s the first authentic fire bowl SHI has received, said SHI President Rosita Worl.

“We are excited to have this gankas’íx’i, which has been used in our sacred ceremonies for more than a century,” Worl said in a press release. “Fire bowls play a significant role in our mortuary rites, as they are the method by which we evoke and feed the spirits of our ancestors. “

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