Sealaska Heritage Insitute to host lecture series on Raven the trickster, cultural hero

    Caption: “Raven” by David A. Boxley, courtesy of Sealaska Heritage Institute.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - SHI will sponsor a lecture series on Raven as Trickster and Cultural Hero by traditional Tlingit and Tsimshian storytellers the month of May.

    The series will end with an academic review of Raven stories by a scholar of Northwest Coast culture and history.   

    All lectures will be held in-person at noon at the Walter Soboleff Building in Juneau.

    SHI will also live stream the series on its YouTube and save the talks on its channel immediately after.

    The event is free to attend.

    The talks are scheduled as follows:

    •     Tuesday, May 9: Johon Atkinson, Tsimshian
    •     Tuesday, May 16: Fred White, Tlingit, Shangukeidí
    •     Thursday, May 18: William (Joey) Bolton, Tsimshian
    •     Tuesday, May 23: David Kanosh, Tlingit, Deisheetaan
    •     Friday, May 26: Dan Brown, Tlingit, Teikweidí
    •     Tuesday, May 30: David Nelson III, Tsimshian
    •     Thursday, June 1: Thomas Thornton, Ph.D., Kaagwaantaan

    ​SHI is finalizing a manuscript on Raven stories, which will be published by the institute through the University of Washington Press.

    The book will feature 50 episodes of Raven’s adventures as told by Tlingit storytellers who were documented over many years by the late Richard and Nora Dauenhauer and others.

    The book will include Lingít transcriptions of the stories with facing English translations.

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