Native Artists

Native Artists

Sealaska Heritage Store

Alaska Native arts are sold through SHI’s Sealaska Heritage Store and its website. SHI assures that all art sold through the store that is marketed as Native-made is in fact Native-made, and not fake knock-offs that unfortunately are common in the retail market. Customers who buy through the store help support Alaska Native artists, and the proceeds help fund training in Native arts. The Sealaska Heritage Store is located at 105 S. Seward S. in Juneau on the street level of Sealaska Heritage Institute.

First Friday

SHI, the Sealaska Heritage Store, and Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus participate in Juneau’s First Friday, a monthly celebration of the arts. We host demonstrating artists plus Native artist and fashion designer vendors, who sell their work during the event. Artists and designers may click here to sign up for a free table.

Master-Apprentice System

SHI sponsors master-apprenticeships to perpetuate and revitalize Northwest Coast art, especially endangered traditions, such as spruce-root weaving and dugout canoe carving. The program was fostered at SHI's first Native Artists Gathering, which brought together nearly 30 artists in 2015 who identified the most imperiled Northwest Coast Native art traditions. This traditional method of training younger artists still provides the best instruction.

Designated Artist’ Spaces

SHI operates an artist-in-residence study room at the Walter Soboleff Building named after master artist Delores Churchill to encourage the study of NWC art. Artists have access to SHI’s extensive ethnographic collection for study while they are in residence. SHI also hosts artists at its Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus and accommodates artists working on large-scale projects, such as totem poles and dugout canoes.

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