The Walter Soboleff Center will be built in downtown Juneau, Alaska

The Walter Soboleff Center will be built in downtown Juneau, Alaska. Read More

The Center will provide distance learning technology

The Center will provide distance learning technology. Read More

A traditional ceremonial space will be featured

A traditional ceremonial space will be featured. Read More

Learn how you can get involved in the effort to create the Walter Soboleff Center

Learn how you can get involved in the effort to create the Walter Soboleff Center. Read More

Benefits to Juneau and Beyond

The Center provides many economic, educational and regional benefits. Read More

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Envisioning Our Future Through the Reflections of Our Past

The Center will feature space for art demonstrations and exhibits, retail sales, and venues for ceremonies and presentations. It will also house a research facility, climate-controlled collections storage and work areas.

The Center will provide a richer, more context-filled experience, including a living history center with distance learning technology about the rich language and culture of Southeast Alaska.
 
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Remaining Native Speakers


Tribute to Dr. Walter Soboleff

The future Center is named for Dr. Walter A. Soboleff, a Tlingit Native of the Raven, Dog Salmon clan. He was a spiritual leader who helped Native and non-Native people alike at a time when segregation was the norm. Throughout his life, he worked tirelessly to advance Native civil rights. The Walter Soboleff Center will be a physical manifestation upholding the traditional Native values he held dear. Read more.

 

Sealaska Heritage Institute

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) created in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding. SHI is at the forefront of cultural preservation and restoration with implications for all Alaskans – and the nation – in sustaining our country’s rich cultural diversity. Learn more.

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Join us in the effort to create the Walter Soboleff Center and help preserve and revitalize the 

endangered languages and cultural heritage of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimishian people.