SHI SPONSORES LECTURE SERIES
FOR NATIVE AMERICAN MONTH
October 27, 2009
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will sponsor a noon lecture
series in November in Juneau to celebrate Native American Month.
The brown-bag lunch series
will focus on topics such as Native history and languages, Native
art and the statehood movement.
"Native people have such a rich history in Alaska, but much
of it is not taught in schools," said SHI President Rosita
Worl. "We hope to highlight our history in November in honor
of Native American Month."
Tlingit leader Byron Mallott will give a lecture on Monday, Nov.
2, on the development of Alaska Native corporations created under
the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and the efforts by Alaska
Natives to transform the corporations into "Native"
institutions in the face of Congress' competing intent to assimilate
Alaska Natives economically through profit-making corporations.
Mallott is the former CEO and President of Sealaska Corporation
and serves as a Fellow with the First Alaskans Institute. He
is the clan leader of the Kwaashk'i Kwáan Clan of Yakutat.
Jeane Breinig will give a lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 4, on Southeast
Native perspectives on statehood. Breinig is an associate professor
of English at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her teaching
and research areas include American Indian and Alaska Native
literature, American literature, and American ethnic literature.
Her publications include articles and books documenting Alaska
Native oral histories. She is Haida, originally from Kasaan,
TáasLáanas, Raven Brown Bear.
Jordan Lachler will give a lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 10, on Tlingit,
Haida, and Tsimshian linguistic origins and relationships. Lachler
is a linguist at Sealaska Heritage Institute who specializes
in Haida. He is the editor of an upcoming Haida dictionary and
phrasebook to be published by Sealaska Heritage Institute.
Daniel Lee Henry will give a lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 17, on
nineteenth century encounters between Natives and non-Natives
in Chilkat country. Henry is an award-winning author, teacher
and journalist based in the Haines area. He has recorded numerous
oral histories of Chilkat/Chilkoot Tlingit Elders and is currently
working on the book Dancing at Deer Rock: Toward Community
Among Warriors, a rhetorical history of land use confrontation
in the communities of the Northern Lynn Canal.
Wally Olson will give a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 19, on contact
between Alaska Natives and European explorers in the late nineteenth
century. Olson will show from specific events that most of the
time the explorers (not always the fur traders later) and Native
people got along well because it was a win-win situation. The
explorers wanted information, and the Natives wanted trade goods,
so they were "pragmatic partners." Olson is an author,
a professor of Anthropology (Emeritus) with the Uiversity of
Alaska Southeast and a Fellow of the American Anthropological
Richard and Nora Marks Dauenhauer will give a lecture on Tuesday,
Nov. 24, on relations between Russians and Tlingit from the 1790s
through 1818, an era when Russians expanded into Southeast Alaska
to take control of the Northwest Coast fur trade. The Dauenhauers
have written numerous award-winning books on Native culture and
history, including Anóoshi Lingít Aaní
Ká: Russians in Tlingit America, The Battles of Sitka
1802 and 1804, winner of the American Book Award from the
Before Columbus Foundation.
The lectures will be held from 12-1 pm in the 4th floor boardroom
at Sealaska Plaza in Juneau. Attendees are invited to bring their
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Sealaska Heritage Institute
Sealaska Heritage Institute
is a regional nonprofit representing the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian
people of Southeast Alaska. Its mission is to perpetuate and
enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures.
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