Arts and Culture

A carved goat horn spoon from the Sealaska Heritage Institute archive. Sealaska Heritage Institute artifact collection. All images are the property of the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Photo by Brian Wallace.

SHI seeks goat horns to help revive traditional art

Sealaska Heritage Institute is reaching out to hunters to help revitalize the endangered art of Tlingit mountain goat horn spoon carving. Davina Cole is the… Continue reading

A carved goat horn spoon from the Sealaska Heritage Institute archive. Sealaska Heritage Institute artifact collection. All images are the property of the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Photo by Brian Wallace.
This photo served as the cover to the first edition of Douglas Vandegraft’s “A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska.” “Bar in Douglas, AK, 1908” P39-0802 Copyright Alaska State Library Case & Draper Photograph Collection

A short history of alcohol and bars in Alaska

Editor’s note: This week’s Southeast in Sepia is courtesy of guest author and historian Doug Vandegraft, author of “A Guide to the Notorious Bars of… Continue reading

This photo served as the cover to the first edition of Douglas Vandegraft’s “A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska.” “Bar in Douglas, AK, 1908” P39-0802 Copyright Alaska State Library Case & Draper Photograph Collection
Left to right: Dan Kirkwood, Tommy Siegel and Steve Perkins. Photo by Charlie E. Lederer.

Juneau local Dan Kirkwood releases album with his NYC band, Obiwan Coyote

Dan Kirkwood of Juneau in late November released a new record with his New York City band Obiwan Coyote. It’s an album heavily influenced by… Continue reading

Left to right: Dan Kirkwood, Tommy Siegel and Steve Perkins. Photo by Charlie E. Lederer.
Glen Israelson stands in front of the chosen tree in Yakutat. Photo courtesy of Paul Robbins Jr.

Christmas cheer from Yakutat to Juneau

A cheery Christmas tree decorated by the hands of Alaskans young and old graces the Governor’s mansion this year as the inaugural “Good Neighbor Tree.”… Continue reading

Glen Israelson stands in front of the chosen tree in Yakutat. Photo courtesy of Paul Robbins Jr.
The cover of “Walter Harper: Alaska Native Son.” Courtesy of University of Nebraska Press.

Walter Harper, who died at 25 in the Princess Sophia, brought to life in new biography

Walter Harper, who is buried beside his bride Frances Wells in Juneau’s Evergreen Cemetery, lived a brief and wondrous life. He was born in 1893… Continue reading

The cover of “Walter Harper: Alaska Native Son.” Courtesy of University of Nebraska Press.
The Nutcracker, played by Kincaid Parsons, leaps across the stage as and Marie, played by Grace Gjertsen, looks on. Photo by Bobbi Jordan.

Tap dancing in Xtratufs: A Nutcracker to Alaskans, with love

SITKA — If Alaska is one big small town, then this year’s Sitka Nutcracker is a love letter to the community that inspired it. Crabs… Continue reading

The Nutcracker, played by Kincaid Parsons, leaps across the stage as and Marie, played by Grace Gjertsen, looks on. Photo by Bobbi Jordan.
Katie Jensen as M’Lynn, Stacy Stout Katasse as Truvy, and Naomi Prentice as Shelby in Perseverance Theatre’s production of “Steel Magnolias.” (Photo by Cameron Byrnes)

Southern Comfort: ‘Steel Magnolias’ at Perseverance Theatre

Three thousand air miles and three decades separate modern-day Juneau and mid-1980s rural Louisiana. Perseverance Theatre bridges this seemingly impossible gap with its latest offering,… Continue reading

Katie Jensen as M’Lynn, Stacy Stout Katasse as Truvy, and Naomi Prentice as Shelby in Perseverance Theatre’s production of “Steel Magnolias.” (Photo by Cameron Byrnes)
Gary Neilson inspects firewood logs in their corral, tied to a breakwater log. (Tara Neilson | For the Capital City Weekly)

In the bush, gathering firewood is both a routine and a danger

A couple weeks ago my dad and I were, as usual, nosing our 16 foot Boston Whaler up to a rocky shore in our quest… Continue reading

Gary Neilson inspects firewood logs in their corral, tied to a breakwater log. (Tara Neilson | For the Capital City Weekly)
Dankrupt poses behind the scenes at the Father Time music video shoot on Aug. 5, 2017. The shot was taken at Scary Dairy, a deserted, haunted building in Camarillo, California. (Photo by Julia Marquez Phillips)

‘CaliRock’ for a cause: Juneau bassist, band Dankrupt come to town

Los Angeles’ Dankrupt, a band including Juneau-raised bassist Nick Banaszak, will soon bring to Juneau a night filled with energy, share their unique Southern California… Continue reading

Dankrupt poses behind the scenes at the Father Time music video shoot on Aug. 5, 2017. The shot was taken at Scary Dairy, a deserted, haunted building in Camarillo, California. (Photo by Julia Marquez Phillips)
Master weaver Clarissa Rizal, who passed away in 2016, with her teacher, master weaver Jennie Thlunaut, in 1986. Image courtesy of the JAHC.

December Gallery Walk offers Chilkat weavers, Native American photography and Santa

December gallery walk is the busiest of the year, so we’ve tried to help you out by organizing the listings we’ve received on Juneau’s main… Continue reading

Master weaver Clarissa Rizal, who passed away in 2016, with her teacher, master weaver Jennie Thlunaut, in 1986. Image courtesy of the JAHC.
Elin Antaya, 13, plays a snowflake during the first act’s the snow scene. (Erin Laughlin | For the Capital City Weekly)

Juneau Dance Theatre rehearses for ‘The Nutcracker’

It’s time for a holiday classic. Juneau Dance Theatre (JDT) the first weekend of December presents the ballet “The Nutcracker” at the Juneau-Douglas High School… Continue reading

Elin Antaya, 13, plays a snowflake during the first act’s the snow scene. (Erin Laughlin | For the Capital City Weekly)
Students walk past the newly installed Core Cultural Values Panels at Floyd Dryden Middle School on Wednesday, Nov. 22. (Clara Miller | Capital City Weekly)

Cultural values panels promote diversity, understanding

On the day before Thanksgiving, Floyd Dryden Middle School’s gymnasium floor filled with students dancing to a Tlingit song — sung by other students —… Continue reading

Students walk past the newly installed Core Cultural Values Panels at Floyd Dryden Middle School on Wednesday, Nov. 22. (Clara Miller | Capital City Weekly)
Screenshot of footage from “Heartbeat” music video on YouTube.

Heartbeats and clouds: Haines locals create funny music videos

Haines locals Burl Sheldon, Nancy Berland and Gene Cornelius this year created two music videos: “Heartbeat” and “/the.cloud/,” which they’ve now shared with the world… Continue reading

Screenshot of footage from “Heartbeat” music video on YouTube.
Paulina Cohen (1859-1941). Leaves. Watercolor. Museum purchase, 86.252.29.

Sitka’s first postmistress forged her own path

The westward expansion of the United States did not just open new lands to eager settlers; it opened new doors of opportunity for women. Nineteenth… Continue reading

Paulina Cohen (1859-1941). Leaves. Watercolor. Museum purchase, 86.252.29.
Sitka’s Wild Language Festival: The art and craft of storytelling

Sitka’s Wild Language Festival: The art and craft of storytelling

A scene from the short film “For the Love of Salmon” flashes on the screen and the audience winces sympathetically. It’s the image of a… Continue reading

Sitka’s Wild Language Festival: The art and craft of storytelling
Left, Mark Zeiger as King Henry II, and right, Ryan Staska as Prince Richard the Lionheart. The Merry Trickers of Haines’ performance of “The Lion in Winter,” by James Goldman, runs two weekends beginning Friday, Nov. 24. Photographs by John Hagen.

First-time play group performs ‘The Lion in Winter’ in Haines

This holiday season, new theatre group The Merry Tricksters of Haines will bring the 1966 historical play “The Lion in Winter” by James Goldman to… Continue reading

Left, Mark Zeiger as King Henry II, and right, Ryan Staska as Prince Richard the Lionheart. The Merry Trickers of Haines’ performance of “The Lion in Winter,” by James Goldman, runs two weekends beginning Friday, Nov. 24. Photographs by John Hagen.
This three blossom basket is made out of a single piece of kelp, hydroid, and three glass beads. Image courtesy of Lisa LeMay Doyon.

Meet three Juneau Public Market artists

This Thanksgiving weekend, 150 vendors representing 36 cities across Alaska and the Pacific Northwest will come for the 35th annual Juneau Public Market. This year… Continue reading

This three blossom basket is made out of a single piece of kelp, hydroid, and three glass beads. Image courtesy of Lisa LeMay Doyon.
Visiting students examine the Haa Aani panel during a visit to Sealaska Heritage. (Courtesy Photo | Brian Wallace via Sealaska Heritage Institute)

SHI to transfer Native values panels to Floyd Dryden

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will donate eight large panels depicting ancient Southeast Alaska Native core cultural values to Floyd Dryden Middle School. The panels, which… Continue reading

Visiting students examine the Haa Aani panel during a visit to Sealaska Heritage. (Courtesy Photo | Brian Wallace via Sealaska Heritage Institute)
Megan Duncanson pointing toward bubble feeding humpback whales last summer, when she became determined to buy an island in Meyers Chuck. Photo by Tara Neilson.

Welcome to MAD Island

I hopped out of the skiff and clambered up the steep rocks and then waded through the leafless (but not thorn-less) devil’s club with a… Continue reading

Megan Duncanson pointing toward bubble feeding humpback whales last summer, when she became determined to buy an island in Meyers Chuck. Photo by Tara Neilson.
Michael Wittig Sr. as Tevye at the rehearsal of Latitude 58’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” at St. Ann’s Hall on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. (Michael Penn | Capital City Weekly)

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ comes to Juneau, explores timeless themes

Theater at Latitude 58 will be bringing the classic musical “Fiddler on the Roof” to Juneau. “This show has a huge emotional range,” Director Karen… Continue reading

Michael Wittig Sr. as Tevye at the rehearsal of Latitude 58’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” at St. Ann’s Hall on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. (Michael Penn | Capital City Weekly)