Native American Heritage Month lectures, films continue

Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Native American Heritage Month Lecture Series continues Tuesday, Nov. 12 with “Reclaiming Traditional Spirituality,” led by with Jana Harcharek, director, Iñupiaq Education Department at North Slope Borough School District. Harcharek will speak about efforts to effect change to make the discussion of traditional “religion” acceptable for purposes of setting the stage for the reclamation of traditional spirituality more widespread in the Iñupiaq region.

The theme of this year’s lecture series is spirituality. Presentations will be held on Tuesdays from 12-1 p.m. in the fourth floor boardroom at Sealaska Plaza in Juneau through Nov. 26. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunches. The talks also will be videotaped and posted online.

To see the full list of lecture topics, visit

Also next week, the University of Alaska Southeast will continue its Alaska Native Film Series with a showing of “We Were Children” on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. The 2012 Canadian documentary tells the true story of two First Nations children who were sent to faraway schools that separated them from their families and traditional land. For more than 130 years until 1996, more than 100,000 of Canada’s First Nations children were legally required to attend such government-funded schools, established with the purpose of “kill(ing) the Indian in the child.”

A short discussion of the film will follow.

The Alaska Native Film Series runs through Dec. 4 at the Rec Center at UAS and is free and open to the public.

For a full list of titles and descriptions, visit


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