Kyle Worl, an award-winning World Eskimo-Indian Olympics and Arctic Winter Games athlete, performs a back flip during a blanket toss at the Sealaska Plaza on Thursday. The blanket was made by visiting artists outside Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Building this week and was completed minutes before the jump. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Kyle Worl, an award-winning World Eskimo-Indian Olympics and Arctic Winter Games athlete, performs a back flip during a blanket toss at the Sealaska Plaza on Thursday. The blanket was made by visiting artists outside Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Building this week and was completed minutes before the jump. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Photos: Up, up and away Visiting artists finish residency with a blanket toss

They brought their culture from 1,200 miles away.

John Waghiyi, Jr. and his wife, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi, from Savoonga were artists-in-residence at Sealaska Heritage Institute this week. Their visit included a song and dance performance as well as a demonstration of working with walrus skin.


• Contact staff photographer Michael Penn at 523-2262 and mpenn@juneauempire.com. Follow our Instagram at @Juneau.Life.


Sealaska Heritage Institute Artists-in-Residence John Waghiyi Jr. and his wife, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi, from Savoonga, invite audience members to dance to their St. Lawrence Island rock and roll song at the Walter Soboleff Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sealaska Heritage Institute Artists-in-Residence John Waghiyi Jr. and his wife, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi, from Savoonga, invite audience members to dance to their St. Lawrence Island rock and roll song at the Walter Soboleff Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Rene Mokiyuk, right, performs St. Lawrence Island dancing and song with her uncle, John Waghiyi Jr. and his wife, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi, of Savoonga, at the Walter Soboleff Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Rene Mokiyuk, right, performs St. Lawrence Island dancing and song with her uncle, John Waghiyi Jr. and his wife, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi, of Savoonga, at the Walter Soboleff Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sealaska Heritage Institute Artists-in-Residence John Waghiyi and his wife, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi, from Savoonga, perform St. Lawrence Island dancing and song with their niece, Rana Mokiyuk, right, at the Walter Soboleff Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sealaska Heritage Institute Artists-in-Residence John Waghiyi and his wife, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi, from Savoonga, perform St. Lawrence Island dancing and song with their niece, Rana Mokiyuk, right, at the Walter Soboleff Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

John Waghiyi Jr., artist and whaling captain, sews a walrus hide together at the Walter Soboleff Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. The hide will be used for a blanket toss by the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Waghiyi and his wife, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi, from Savoonga, are currently the artists-in-residence at SHI. The Waghiyis will demonstrate dances from their region from noon-1 pm, Wednesday, Aug. 28, for the public at SHI. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

John Waghiyi Jr., artist and whaling captain, sews a walrus hide together at the Walter Soboleff Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. The hide will be used for a blanket toss by the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Waghiyi and his wife, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi, from Savoonga, are currently the artists-in-residence at SHI. The Waghiyis will demonstrate dances from their region from noon-1 pm, Wednesday, Aug. 28, for the public at SHI. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

John Waghiyi Jr., artist and whaling captain, uses a synthetic twine to sew a walrus hide together at the Walter Soboleff Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. the Waghiyis will demonstrate dances from their region from noon-1 pm, Wednesday, Aug. 28, for the public at SHI. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

John Waghiyi Jr., artist and whaling captain, uses a synthetic twine to sew a walrus hide together at the Walter Soboleff Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. the Waghiyis will demonstrate dances from their region from noon-1 pm, Wednesday, Aug. 28, for the public at SHI. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

John Waghiyi Jr., artist and whaling captain, talks about preparing a walrus hide as he sews a blanket at the Walter Soboleff Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. the Waghiyis will demonstrate dances from their region from noon-1 pm, Wednesday, Aug. 28, for the public at SHI. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

John Waghiyi Jr., artist and whaling captain, talks about preparing a walrus hide as he sews a blanket at the Walter Soboleff Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. the Waghiyis will demonstrate dances from their region from noon-1 pm, Wednesday, Aug. 28, for the public at SHI. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sealaska Heritage Institute Artists-in-Residence John Waghiyi Jr. and his wife, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi, of Savoonga, perform St. Lawrence Island dancing and song with their niece, Rana Mokiyuk, right, at the Walter Soboleff Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sealaska Heritage Institute Artists-in-Residence John Waghiyi Jr. and his wife, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi, of Savoonga, perform St. Lawrence Island dancing and song with their niece, Rana Mokiyuk, right, at the Walter Soboleff Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

John Waghiyi Jr., artist and whaling captain, sews a walrus hide together at the Walter Soboleff Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. The hide will be used for a blanket toss by the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Waghiyi and his wife, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi, from Savoonga, are currently the artists-in-residence at SHI. the Waghiyis will demonstrate dances from their region from noon-1 pm, Wednesday, Aug. 28, for the public at SHI. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

John Waghiyi Jr., artist and whaling captain, sews a walrus hide together at the Walter Soboleff Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. The hide will be used for a blanket toss by the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Waghiyi and his wife, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi, from Savoonga, are currently the artists-in-residence at SHI. the Waghiyis will demonstrate dances from their region from noon-1 pm, Wednesday, Aug. 28, for the public at SHI. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

John Waghiyi Jr., artist and whaling captain, sews a walrus hide together at the Walter Soboleff Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. The hide will be used for a blanket toss by the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Waghiyi and his wife, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi, from Savoonga, are currently the artists-in-residence at SHI. the Waghiyis will demonstrate dances from their region from noon-1 pm, Wednesday, Aug. 28, for the public at SHI. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

John Waghiyi Jr., artist and whaling captain, sews a walrus hide together at the Walter Soboleff Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. The hide will be used for a blanket toss by the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Waghiyi and his wife, Arlene Annogiyuk Waghiyi, from Savoonga, are currently the artists-in-residence at SHI. the Waghiyis will demonstrate dances from their region from noon-1 pm, Wednesday, Aug. 28, for the public at SHI. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

More in News

The Aurora Borealis glows over the Mendenhall Glacier in 2014. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Aurora forecast

Forecasts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute for the week of Jan. 22

David Holmes digs through a pile of boardgames during Platypus Gaming’s two-day mini-con over the weekend at Douglas Public Library and Sunday at Mendenhall Public Library. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
Good times keep rolling with Platypus Gaming

Two-day mini-con held at Juneau Public Library.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Juneau man indicted on child pornography charges

A Juneau man was indicted Thursday on charges of possessing or accessing… Continue reading

Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire 
Juneau’s municipal and state legislative members, their staff, and city lobbyists gather in the Assembly chambers Thursday meeting for an overview of how the Alaska State Legislature and politicians in Washington, D.C., are affecting local issues.
Local leaders, lawmakers and lobbyists discuss political plans for coming year

Morning meeting looks at local impact of state, national political climates.

This photo shows pills police say were seized after a suspicious package was searched. (Juneau Police Department)
Police: 1,000 fentanyl pills, 86 grams of meth seized

Juneau man arrested on felony charges.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Captain Anne Wilcock recieves the Emery Valentine Leadership Award at the 2022 CCFR awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 14. (Courtesy Photo / CCFR)
CCFR honors responders during annual banquet

Capital City Fire/Rescue hosted its 2022 awards banquet earlier this month as… Continue reading

A resident and his dog walk past the taped off portion of the Basin Road Trestle after it suffered damaged from a rockslide earlier this week. The trestle is open to pedestrians, but will remain closed to vehicular traffic until structural repairs are made, according to city officials. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Rocky road: Basin Road Trestle open to pedestrians, remains closed to vehicles

City officials say repairs are currently being assessed after damaging rockfall

Most Read