In this file photo, Tlingit author Ernestine Hayes laughs at a September 2015 49 Writers Crosscurrents panel called “Shaped by the North.” Hayes will speak at the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum on Aug. 4 about deeper meanings behind our heroes. (Mary Catharine Martin | Juneau Empire)

In this file photo, Tlingit author Ernestine Hayes laughs at a September 2015 49 Writers Crosscurrents panel called “Shaped by the North.” Hayes will speak at the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum on Aug. 4 about deeper meanings behind our heroes. (Mary Catharine Martin | Juneau Empire)

Tlingit author prepares presentation on heroes

As superhero movies dominate the movie theaters this year, the concept of heroes will also be a topic of discussion for one of Juneau’s most heralded writers in August.

Tlingit author Ernestine Hayes will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives, and Museum, taking a look at the deeper meanings behind our heroes. The presentation is entitled “What Shall We Do With Our Heroes?” and will largely focus on prior writings of hers.

Hayes is the current Alaska State Writer Laureate, and has written books including “The Tao of Raven” and “Blonde Indian,” which was a 2007 American Book Award winner. Her presentation in August is part of the Alaska State Library’s Summer Lecture Series. The next presentation is in September, when carver Jackson Polys will talk about his work on the Seward shame pole that was raised in Saxman Totem Park in April.

Prior to her presentation, the museum will be open free of charge from 4:30-7 p.m. The featured exhibit for the summer is “Decolonizing Alaska,” which features artwork from Alaska Native artists expressing themes of cultural survival and adaptation.

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