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Sealaska Heritage Institute

Sealaska Heritage is embarking on a major, long-term project to collect all known Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian recordings in both Native languages and English for a publication about our culture and history based on the voices of our ancestors.

Pictured: Sealaska Heritage Institute Language Summit in 2018.

Pictured: Sealaska Heritage Institute Language Summit in 2018.

We are asking individuals who have original recordings in any format (VHS, reel, etc.) to allow Sealaska Heritage Institute to duplicate them using the latest technology. We will send digital versions of the recordings to the owners. With the diminishing number of Native language speakers, one of our highest priorities will be to transcribe and translate those recordings spoken in our Native languages.

We’ve also reached out to Southeast Alaska Native tribes and corporations, various archives, and researchers in hopes of collecting recordings.

If you are interested in participating, please contact at emily.pastore@sealaska.com or 907.586.9202.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Its goal is to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. Sealaska Heritage Institute also conducts social scientific and public policy research that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars, a Native Artist Committee and a Southeast Regional Language Committee. We are currently fundraising for the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus. Donate and follow our progress!