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Native American Heritage Month lecture series

Free events to be offered in-person and virtually


November 1, 2021 | View PDF

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will sponsor a lecture series on Southeast Alaska Native history in November in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

All lectures will be live streamed on SHI’s YouTube channel at noon Alaska time. Visit Some of the talks will also be available in-person to attendees who show proof of vaccination cards. Space is limited to half capacity of SHI’s clan house because of COVID-19 concerns.

Here is the schedule:

Nov. 2, “Tlingit Society and the Crucible of Contact, 1741-1867,” by Stephen Langdon, Ph.D. In-person and online

Nov. 4, “Southeast Alaska Native Education History,” by Mischa Plunkett Jackson (Chookangee Tláa). In-person and online

Nov. 8, “The Russian-Tlingit Conflict of 1802-1804: Origins, Course, Results,” by Alexander Zorin. Online only

Nov. 10, “A Traditional Literary History of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood: Writing Alaska Native Solidarity into American Modernity,” by Michael P. Taylor, Ph.D. Online only

Nov. 16, “In His Own Words, a biography of William Lewis Paul,” by Benjamin Starr Paul (Ku-nuX-nuhsti). In-person and online

Nov.19, “Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich,” by Ann Boochever. In-person and online

Nov.22, “Infectious Diseases, Settler Colonialism, and Race on Sheet’ka K?wáan,” by Adam Kersch, M.A. Online only

Nov.23, “What’s in a Name?” — The “Indian Girl” from Ft. Wrangell Who Met Harriet Tubman,” by Phillip Hesser, Ph.D. In-person and online

Nov.24, “Retelling American Literature through Raven’s Song,” by Sarah Rivett, Ph.D. In-person and online

Nov.30, “ANCSA Corporations as “Indian tribes” Under Federal Indian Law and the Constitution,” by Chris McNeil (Shaakakóoni). In-person and online

This program is provided under the Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools (PITAAS) program and funded by the Alaska Native Education Program.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Its goal is to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events.


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