Alaska Natives

The Yees Ku Oo Dancers perform on stage during Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Language takes center stage at Indigenous Peoples Day celebration

Monday’s Indigenous Peoples Day celebration put an emphasis on Alaska Native languages.

 

All Nations Children Dancers help Juneau residents celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Indigenous Peoples Day celebration is free Monday

Monday is Indigenous Peoples Day, and multiple Alaska Native groups in Juneau are combining to put on a celebration. From 5-8 p.m. Monday, people are… Continue reading

 

Ricky Tagaban smiles at a Tiny Desk concert at Kindred Post. Tagaban said his work in drag and weaving are both related to gender identity. Photo by Annie Bartholomew.

Chilkat weaver, drag queen wins award and $7,500 from Rasmuson Foundation

Ricky Tagaban has a garbage bag of mountain goat wool and $7,500 in award money. Tagaban, a Chilkat weaver and drag queen, of Juneau is… Continue reading

 

Library intern organizes Native culture fest

The Douglas Public library wasn’t quiet Saturday. The sounds of drums, singing and dancing from the Woosh.ji.een Dance Group echoed out from the library’s meeting… Continue reading

Melissa Jack, right, of Kotzebue, right, stands with her daughter, Ashlyn, and Dorothy Zura during a candlelight vigil for Ashley Johnson-Barr on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Dozens gather in Juneau to honor deceased Kotzebue girl

More than 100 people who stood outside the Andrew Hope Building on Monday night for a candlelight vigil in honor of Ashley Johnson-Barr.

Melissa Jack, right, of Kotzebue, right, stands with her daughter, Ashlyn, and Dorothy Zura during a candlelight vigil for Ashley Johnson-Barr on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alaska Native students learn about heritage through internship at Sequoyah National Research Center

Two Alaska Native students are getting in touch with their heritage by serving as interns at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Sequoyah National… Continue reading

Haines Tlingit master carver Wayne Price waves Haines residents during the unveiling of a Tlingit screen and totem poles in front of the Soboleff McRae Wellness Center in Haines on Thursday, April 27, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Master carver joins UAS faculty

Already a well known name in Southeast Alaska and in Alaska Native artwork, Tlingit Master Carver Wayne Price is preparing to pass on his knowledge… Continue reading

Haines Tlingit master carver Wayne Price waves Haines residents during the unveiling of a Tlingit screen and totem poles in front of the Soboleff McRae Wellness Center in Haines on Thursday, April 27, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Portion of bronze and wooden house posts by TJ Young. (Courtesy Photo | Preston Singletary via Sealasksa Heritage Institute)

Bronze house posts to be unveiled Sunday downtown

Three bronze house posts will take their place in front of the Walter Soboleff Building in downtown Juneau this Sunday. Each post is made by… Continue reading

Portion of bronze and wooden house posts by TJ Young. (Courtesy Photo | Preston Singletary via Sealasksa Heritage Institute)
In this July 2015 photo, musician Archie Cavanaugh plays his guitar during lunch hour Friday at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake near Twin Lakes.

Award-winning Tlingit artist dies

Award-winning Tlingit artist and musician Archie Cavanaugh died last week at the age of 67, leaving a long legacy of ambitious and meaningful art and… Continue reading

In this July 2015 photo, musician Archie Cavanaugh plays his guitar during lunch hour Friday at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake near Twin Lakes.
In this July 2015 photo, musician Archie Cavanaugh plays his guitar during lunch hour Friday at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake near Twin Lakes. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Award-winning Tlingit artist dies

Award-winning Tlingit artist and musician Archie Cavanaugh died last week at the age of 67, leaving a long legacy of ambitious and meaningful art and… Continue reading

In this July 2015 photo, musician Archie Cavanaugh plays his guitar during lunch hour Friday at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake near Twin Lakes. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Joe Kahken, a retired President & CEO of Goldbelt, Inc., speaks about his time with the Juneau-area Alaska Native corporation during an interview on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

People of Juneau: Goldbelt’s first CEO reflects on lifetime of involvement

Today, Goldbelt Inc. is a booming Alaska Native corporation that owns lands throughout Southeast Alaska and has thrived in the realms of logging and tourism.… Continue reading

Joe Kahken, a retired President & CEO of Goldbelt, Inc., speaks about his time with the Juneau-area Alaska Native corporation during an interview on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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                                Sydney Johnson helps her brother Tristan with an art project at an Alaska Native culture camp on Thursday, Aug. 2.

This young Juneau artist is doing her part to keep Native artwork alive

On her first day of preschool, Sydney Johnson had a decision to make. During drawing time, she and other students had a wide array of… Continue reading

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                                Sydney Johnson helps her brother Tristan with an art project at an Alaska Native culture camp on Thursday, Aug. 2.
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                                A portion of the bronze and wooden house posts by TJ Young.

CCW news briefs: Cedar posts to be unveiled downtown

Three new bronzed cedar house posts will soon be part of the downtown Juneau streetscape. Sealaska Heritage Institute announced on Thursday that the posts —… Continue reading

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                                A portion of the bronze and wooden house posts by TJ Young.
Sydney Johnson helps her brother Tristan with an art project at an Alaska Native culture camp on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. (Courtesy Photo | Rose Willard)

This young Juneau artist is doing her part to keep Native artwork alive

On her first day of preschool, Sydney Johnson had a decision to make. During drawing time, she and other students had a wide array of… Continue reading

Sydney Johnson helps her brother Tristan with an art project at an Alaska Native culture camp on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. (Courtesy Photo | Rose Willard)
Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of The Art of Living Foundation leads a group meditation at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, as part of his West Coast Tour that also includes San Francisco and Seattle. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Spreading ‘mental hygiene:’ Spiritual leader visits Juneau

Correction: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that the Sealaska Heritage Institute gifted Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with a Chilkat robe. The gift… Continue reading

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of The Art of Living Foundation leads a group meditation at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, as part of his West Coast Tour that also includes San Francisco and Seattle. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Dr. Christopher Blodgett speaks at a 2017 cultural education conference sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Blodgett will be back again this year. (Brian Wallace via Sealaska Heritage Institute | Courtesy photo)

Conference aims to increase cultural, trauma awareness

This week, educators from all around Alaska and the world will be in Juneau for a conference to learn more about culturally aware approaches in… Continue reading

Dr. Christopher Blodgett speaks at a 2017 cultural education conference sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Blodgett will be back again this year. (Brian Wallace via Sealaska Heritage Institute | Courtesy photo)
Master Haida weaver Delores Churchill, in the white vest, speaks about spruce root baskets. (Sealaska Heritage Institute | Courtesy Photo)

Program will document how to make spruce-root basketry

In an effort to stop weaving techniques from being lost, a Juneau nonprofit is teaming up with a travel company to make a documentary.

Master Haida weaver Delores Churchill, in the white vest, speaks about spruce root baskets. (Sealaska Heritage Institute | Courtesy Photo)