Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Sealaska Heritage Institute will host two lectures this week in Juneau in recognition of Native American Heritage Month.
Sealaska Heritage Institute will host two lectures this week in Juneau in recognition of Native American Heritage Month.
The first, Gwál Yisikóo Yá Yéil: Maybe You Know This Raven, will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 27 by X’unei Lance Twitchell, an associate professor of Alaska Native Languages at the University of Alaska Southeast.
Twitchell carries the Tlingit names X’unei and Du Aaní Kawdinook, and the Haida name Ḵ’eijáakw. He lives in Juneau with his wife and bilingual children and is from the Tlingit, Haida, and Yupʼik Native nations. He speaks and studies the Tlingit language and advocates for Indigenous language revitalization.
The lecture is free and will be held at 12 p.m. in the Living History Room.
The second lecture, Highlights from a Video Archive of Yakutat Indigenous Knowledge presented by Aron Crowell, Ph.D., will be held Thursday, Nov. 29 at 12 p.m.
Crowell is an Arctic/Subarctic archaeologist and anthropologist whose research and publications have focused primarily on the peoples of the Gulf of Alaska region, where he is currently leading a study of the human and environmental history of Yakutat Bay in partnership with the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe.
Crowell is the Alaska director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Arctic Studies Center in Anchorage and curator of the Center’s collaborative exhibition Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska.
The Sealaska Heritage Institute is located at 105 South Seward Street in downtown Juneau.