SHI lectures for Native American Heritage Month

Sealaska Heritage Institute is celebrating 2012 Native Heritage Month with weekly lunch lectures through November.


The lectures focus on Native arts and will add to the institute’s expanded arts program, Rosita Worl, SHI arts director said in a press release. All are welcome to attend, she said.

Worl said the institute’s work helps create opportunity for artists and educate the public.

The idea is “to develop a greater cross-cultural understanding,” Worl said in the release.

Steve Henrikson, curator of collections at the Alaska State Museum, is scheduled to speak on the “Origins and Diversity of Northern Northwest Coast Headgear” at the first of the series on Nov. 13. His topic focuses on Northern Northwest coast hats and headdresses from an art history perspective. With special attention given to unusual hats, early hats and hats imported from neighboring Native groups.

Other events are:

Basketry and Alaska Native Art Revival: Delores Churchill Haida master weaver and artist is scheduled to talk on Nov. 20 about the revival in Native art during the late 20th century. She’ll describe this rejuvenation in places like Ketchikan and its affect on Southeast Native arts today. She’ll also discuss her own work as a master weaver.

Three Hundred Years of Tlingit Art: Aldona Jonaitis emeritus director at the Museum of the North will take attendees back to the 1700s for a presentation on Tlingit artworks over the last 300 years on Nov 27. Ionaitis will discuss what has changed and what has remained the same during this time.

The hour-long noon lectures will be held in the 4th floor boardroom at Sealaska Plaza. Lunch is not provided.

ConocoPhillips Alaska is the series sponsor.

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