Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a formline workshop in Anchorage next month at the request of Sealaska shareholders.
SHI, a Native nonprofit serving the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian of Southeast Alaska, has had so many requests for workshops from Sealaska shareholders living in Anchorage that it pursued a grant to fund one next month. Almost 2,000 Sealaska shareholders currently live in Anchorage and the surrounding area.
The grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts will help fund a two-day class taught by formline-design expert Steve Brown. Formline design is a term that describes the complex designs, such as ovoids and split Us, that are the underlying components of the distinctive Northwest Coast art practiced by the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian.
The workshop is scheduled Jan. 4-5 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which is partnering with SHI for the class. The Saturday class will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Sunday class will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will be free of charge and accommodate up to 30 students. People who want to enroll should contact Becky Etukeok at (907) 330-8000 or BEtukeok@alaskanative.net.
Sealaska Heritage Institute was founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.