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.

More in News

A Princess Cruise Line ship is docked in Juneau on Aug. 25, 2021. (Michael Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
Ships in Port for the week of Sept. 25

Here’s what to expect this week.

A bracket fungus exudes guttation drops and a small fly appears to sip one of them.( Courtesy Photo / Bob Armstrong)
On the Trails: Water drops on plants

Guttation drops contain not only water but also sugars, proteins, and probably minerals.

Police vehicles gather Wednesday evening near Kaxdigoowu Héen Dei, also known as ]]Brotherhood Bridge Trail, while investigating a homicide. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Police: Woman was walking dogs when she was killed

JPD said officers are working “around the clock” on the criminal investigation.

In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, a Coast Guard Cutter Kimball crew-member observes a foreign vessel in the Bering Sea, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter on routine patrol in the Bering Sea came across the guided missile cruiser from the People's Republic of China, officials said Monday, Sept. 26.  (U.S. Coast Guard District 17 via AP)
Patrol spots Chinese, Russian naval ships off Alaska island

This wasn’t the first time Chinese naval ships have sailed near Alaska waters.

An Alaska judge has ruled that a state lawmaker affiliated with the Oath Keepers, Rep. David Eastman, shown in this February 2022 photo, may stay on the general election ballot in November even though he's likely ineligible to hold public office  (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Judge keeps Oath Keepers lawmaker on November ballot

Judge ordered delaying certifying the result of the race until a trial scheduled for December.

Water rushes down Front Street, just a half block from the Bering Sea, in Nome, Alaska, on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022 as the remnants of Typhoon Merbok moved into the region. It was a massive storm system — big enough to cover the mainland U.S. from the Pacific Ocean to Nebraska and from Canada to Texas. It influenced weather systems as far away as California, where a rare late-summer storm dropped rain on the northern part of the state, offering a measure of relief to wildfire crews but also complicating fire suppression efforts because of mud and loosened earth. (AP Photo / Peggy Fagerstrom)
Repair work begins in some Alaska towns slammed by storm

ANCHORAGE — There’s been significant damage to some roads and homes in… Continue reading

j
Sniffen indicted on sexual abuse counts

Sniffen will be arraigned Monday.

In this undated file photo the Trans-Alaska pipeline and pump station north of Fairbanks, Alaska is shown. (AP Photo / Al Grillo)
Oil price drop endangers plan to fund Alaska schools a year early

If oil prices fall, amount is automatically reduced to an amount the state can afford. At

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Juneau Police Department announces technology and reporting updates

Emergeny services and direct reporting will not be interrupted

Most Read