Thru the Cultural Lens

Thru the Cultural Lens is a cultural orientation project designed to improve the educational outcomes of Alaska Native students in Southeast Alaska by providing high-quality, culturally responsive, and place-based training and resources to educators in the region. TCL develops and delivers virtual and in-person seminars to educators in Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Hydaburg, Petersburg, Wrangell, and Metlakatla. Participants consistently show growth in their abilities to create and implement place-based, culturally responsive curricula and education practices. The program culminates each year in an education conference.

Baby Raven Reads

SHI’s Baby Raven Reads series offers culturally-based books for children up to age 5 and includes stunning place-based illustrations. SHI's Baby Raven Reads literacy program was named a Library of Congress Literacy Awards Best Practice Honoree, one of 15 programs in the world to receive the honor in 2017.

Tlingit Oral Literature

This award-winning book series was compiled and edited by Nora Marks and Richard Dauenhauer over decades and published by SHI and the University of Washington Press. These are must-have volumes for anyone studying Tlingit cultures. Titles include Haa Shuka, Our Ancestors: Tlingit Oral Narratives; Haa Tuwunáagu Yís, for Healing Our Spirit; Haa Kusteeyí, Our Culture: Tlingit Life Stories; and Anóoshi Lingít Aaní Ká: Russians in Tlingit America.

Box of Knowledge

SHI’s Box of Knowledge series consists of essays, reports, and books that the institute considers should be made available as a contribution to studies on Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures, history, and languages. They are based on work carried out by researchers working in collaboration with SHI, contributions prepared by external experts, and work by staff.

Art Books and Other

Learn to carve using SHI’s Tlingit Wood Carving series. This section includes other books, such as SHI’s Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian place-names book and a photo book of SHI’s biennial Celebration.

High School Literature: Book 5

Presented by John Swanton*; Some Slices of Salmon: Entering the Salmon Stream**; Raven and the Deer, as told by Katherine Mills; Tlingit Language and Oral Literature Research***. *Original source: Raven Story, Tlingit Myths and Texts **Original source: Life Woven with Song by Nora Marks Dauenhauer ***Original source: Life Woven with Song by Nora Marks Dauenhauer

High School Literature: Book 4

From John Swanton*; Mosquito, as told by Robert Zuboff**; Tlingit Renaissance*** *Original source: Tlingit Myths & Texts **Original source: Haa Shuká: Our Ancestors--Tlingit Oral Narratives by Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer. ***Original source: Life Woven with Song, by Nora Marks Dauenhauer

High School Literature: Book 3

As presented by Jesse Dalton*;Koo.éex’: The Tlingit Memorial Party**; Moldy End, by John Swanton. Original source: Haa Tuwunaagu Yis for Healing Our Spirit, Tlingit Oratory by Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer Original source: Celebration 2000, Sealaska Heritage Foundation

High School Literature: Book 2

As told by Charlie White*; Kaats', as told by J.B. Fawcett*; Raven, the Rock, and the King Salmon, as told by James Klanott; and, The Coming of the First White Man*, as told by George Betts. Original source: Haa Shuká: Our Ancestors--Tlingit Oral Narratives by Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer.

Indigenizing Education for Alaska

Indigenizing Education for Alaska (IEA) improves the educational landscape for Alaska Native students by cultivating teachers and school leaders who reflect their culture, values, and life experiences. The program also fosters future generations of Alaskan educators by recruiting upper-level high school to early college students into the field of education. The program financially supports education-degree or certificate-seeking college students while ensuring their college education experience is culturally relevant.

High School Geometry: Book 3

This program is designed to meet the academic realities faced by high school students everyday using a development process that integrates culture with skills development. The values of Haa Aaní and Haa Shagóon are reinforced through the various activities in the program.

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