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Sealaska Heritage Institute (Official Website) ... Planet Alaska - Facebook ...Gold Medal Basketball Tournament (Official Website) The 75th Gold Medal Tournament has been canceled for 2021. We are currently planning on it happening in 2022. ... Gold Medal Basketball (Fan website)

I colorized a B&W photo of Elizabeth Peratrovich then made an animated photo
to bring her memory to life to Honor the Alaska Native Sisterhood.

Elizabeth Peratrovich (July 4, 1911 – December 1, 1958) was an American civil rights activist, Grand President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood who was credited as being instrumental in the passing of Alaska's Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, the first state or territorial anti-discrimination law enacted in the United States. (Wikipedia)

Alaska Native Sisterhood & Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp (Keep Updated)

Group Photo of Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Officers in Petersburg Alaska 1955.

Photo is from 'A History of Leadership: Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Officers' from
Sealaska Heritage Institute Library, Archives, & Collections Program (October 12, 2012)
Link - 'A History of Leadership: Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Officers'

I colorized a B&W photo of William Paul then made an animated photo of William Paul
to bring his memory to life to Honor the Alaska Native Brotherhood.

William Lewis Paul (May 7, 1885 – March 4, 1977) was an American attorney, legislator, and political activist from the Tlingit nation of Southeast Alaska. He was known as a leader in the Alaska Native Brotherhood. (Wikipedia)

Screen capture of 'Smoked fish renaissance.' by
Tlingit Artist, Illustrator, and Designer Nick Alan

TikTok video link - 'Smoked fish renaissance.'
A preview of Alaska Native Salmon Subsistence

"First spring Hali ����" Yéil Ya-Tseen (Facebook Screen capture)

Spring Halibut fishing in Sitka, Alaska April 14, 2021

Yéil Ya-Tseen (@nicholasgalanin) • Instagram

"Gunalchéesh " Yéil Ya-Tseen (Instagram)

Herring Egg subsisting in Sitka, Alaska April 10, 2021

Keep updated - Herring Protectors (Facebook)

Herring Protectors’ film "Yáa at Wooné" has been selected for the International Ocean Film Festival's
2021 Coastal Culture Award..
Film Directed by Kh’asheechtlaa (Louise Brady), Lee House

Trailer: Yaa at Woon (Respect for All Things)

2021 International Ocean Film Festival Kicks Off Next Week; Winners Announced (4/7/2021)
With the winning entries to the 2021 International Ocean Film Festival recently announced, you’ll be able to see those movies — and many more — beginning April 15th. The virtual festival runs from April 15th to May 2, 2021. For more info and to purchase presale tickets, go to

Screen capture of Chevy (Shaax’ Saani) on TikTok posting Herring Egg Weather (Link)

"Right now we are experiencing what they call herring egg weather it goes from hailing to raining to sunshine to big fat snowflakes. They call it herring egg weather because during this time end of March beginning of April the herring fish spawn." Chevy (Shaax’ Saani)

Gold Medal Basketball Tournament (Official Website) The 75th Gold Medal Tournament has been canceled for 2021. We are currently planning on it happening in 2022. ... Gold Medal Basketball (Fan website)


Honoring Gold Medal Basketball Tournament - A Champions, Petersburg—1961—Class A. Back row, L—R: Richard "Itchy"Hansen, Dick Kito, Jerry Kernvick, Homer Sarber, Allen Williams, Bob Munson. Front Row,L—R: Joe Tagaban, Neil Lyons, ______, Dave Lyons, Don Reyes (I colorized the photo from Juneau—Douglas City Museum.)

Before Women's Gold Medal Basketball there were the early Alaska Native Women Basketball teams.

Tsimshian women's basketball team, Metlakatla, Alaska, 1923. Photo by Garfield, Viola Edmundson
From Digital Collections - University of Washington Libraries

[Left to right] Florence Murchison, Jessie Williams, Bertha Reece, Elizabeth Dundas, Mamie Howard.

Before Gold Medal Basketball started in 1947 there were the early Alaska Native Brotherhood teams.

Photo - Sitka ANB's fourth basketball team, 1917. (Alaska State Library - Historical Collection)

From left, standing: Thomas Phillips, Howard Gray, Thomas Williams, Raymond James(manager), Louis Simpson,
Charles Daniels, and Peter Simpson( coach); David Howard holds the ball

Formline Tlingit artist Megan Jensen makes her biggest work to date, on a frozen lake The Emily Carr University grad took thousands of steps in snowshoes for the outdoor installation BY GAIL JOHNSON (Create astir March 22, 2021)

IN HER TELLING of a traditional tale to welcome the light after a long winter, Formline Tlingit artist Megan Jensen recently created her largest art installation to date: a 1.62-acre Raven measuring 300 feet in diameter made of snowshoe prints atop a snowy, frozen lake on a lake within the traditional territories of the Carcross Tagish and Kwanlin Dün First Nations and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. The film crew captured her creative proceess over 60 drone flights—and a total of 15,400 steps and 11 hours.

THE SPIRIT OF THE VALLEY Returns to Perseverance Theatre on Demand
by BWW News Desk (Broadway World, Mar. 19, 2021)

The narrative is told through a Tlingit lens and highlights Tlingit culture through story, movement, language, and song. Playwright and director Frank Henry Kaash Katasse says of the show's return, "I'm so proud to keep this show going! There were many people that told me their kids wanted to watch it again as soon as it was over. Now they have the chance!"

Link to Perseverance Theatre FB video promoting - The Spirit of the Valley

Tickets available at The Spirit of the Valley is available to stream on demand from March 22 - April 4. Running time is approximately 75 minutes.

We Can't Talk About American Fashion Without Talking About Native American Designers
By Alyssa Hardy (InStyle, March 17, 2020)

" I am A Tlingit, Filipina, and Kanien'kehá:ka woman born into the Raven moiety, Copper River Clan, House of the Owl.  My Tlingit name is Keixé Yaxtí, meaning Morning Star. I was fortunate enough to have a mother and grandparents that were traditional knowledge bearers. I spent a part of my childhood with them in museums' deep archives where they would identify artifacts. Within these deep archives, I marveled at the craftsmanship of Northwest Coast Artists. The beadwork, the weaving, and the symmetry in Formline artists' were incredible." Maka Monture

Photo left - Ya Tseen share song ft. Portugal. The Man off debut album for Sub Pop BY ANDREW SACHER
(Brooklyn Vegan, March 12, 2021)

Photo Right - Part of Desert X biennial - 'Indian Land' by Sitka artist Yéil Ya-Tseen (Nicholas Galanin)
Desert Artists Dig Beneath the Sandy Surface (New York Times, March 13, 2021)

Planet Alaska: Aim for the stars
By Vivian Mork Yéilk’ (Juneau Empire, March 10, 2021)

It’s fitting a Raven works at NASA. I was contacting (Steven) Scott McClure, a Tlingit aerospace engineer, who works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to interview him for this column. Scott’s role was directing other scientists and engineers in radiation analysis, which was an integral part of Mars Perseverance rover mission.

“Raven Steals the Sun,” Preston Singletary (Tlingit), 2017.
(Courtesy of the Museum of New Mexico Press)

Light hearted: Exhibit will look at Native imagery reimagined through glass
BY KATHALEEN ROBERTS / ASSISTANT ARTS EDITOR ( Albuquerque Journal, March 6th, 2021)

Screen capture Tlingit Artist, Illustrator and Designer Nick Alan received over 420,900 TikTok views
for Indigenous History - 'Code Talkers - WWII' which includes Tlingit Code Talkers.
TikTok video link - Indigenous History - 'Code Talkers - WWII'

Screen capture of Chevy (Shaax’ Saani) the first Tlingit Artist on TikTok to
'insert goat scream' in a song while Karaoke hiking
with her sister in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Frog Pot, Blown and sand carved glass, 12.5" x 16" x 16"
Photo: Russell Johnson

Tlingit artist Preston Singletary and Choctaw artist Marcus Amerman have joined forces to create a body of work inspired by the forms and symbols of the ancient mound builder cultures of North America.

View the “Music for the Great Sun” exhibition at the Exhibit C Gallery
Opening March 1st. Join both artists for a Virtual Opening Reception on Friday March 19th, register now:

Dempsey Bob shows off a frog bowl to a young fan. The master carver is now being recognized
nationally for his art. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

Tahltan-Tlingit master carver Dempsey Bob wins national art award
By Ben Bogstie ·CBC · Feb 24, 2021

Tahltan-Tlingit master carver Dempsey Bob is one of six artists across Canada to be recognized with a 2021 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts Artistic Achievement Award.

Frank Henry Kaash Katasse (Tlingit) one of six playwrights
for Arena Stage's film 'Indigenous Earth Voices' Premiering in May

Arena Stage stretching in new directions online with a film by Indigenous artists and 3 original musicals
By Peter Marks (Washington Post, Feb 16, 2021)

Arena Stage is launching a virtual spring season that includes a film about Indigenous North Americans and their relationship to the land — entirely written, directed and acted by Native people.

For More Information  Indigenous Earth Voices

Diane Benson has lived in Petersburg for about a year and a half, long enough to have taken part in the dedication of a new mural on Petersburg’s courthouse honoring the Alaska Native Civil rights leader.

Playwright, actor reflects on legacy of Elizabeth Peratrovich
Posted by Joe Viechnicki |KFSK, Petersburg Alaska | Feb 16, 2021

Article includes audio of Diane Benson reenacting Elizabeth Peratrovich's famous speech from the Alaska territorial legislature in 1945.

Visit the Khu.ex' Indiegogo to support the production of the new album "WOOch" at:
Perks for Indiegogo Contributors range from music by Khu.éex’ to glass art by Preston Singletary (co-founder and bassist for Khu.éex’) - including this blown glass Tlingit Berry Basket. Hear the first song from "WOOch" now at:

Screen capture of Ya Tseen's Official Video "Close the Distance"
On April 30th, 2021, Sub Pop will release Indian Yard,  the debut record from Sitka, Alaska project Ya Tseen. 


Indian Yard is now available for preorder on CD/LP through Sub Pop. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.comselect independent retailers in North Americathe U.K., and Europe will receive the standard LP on black vinyl.

Damen Bell-Holter (@nanggaahlaangstangs) • Instagram

'Generations of Journeys Podcast' with Nanggaahlaangstangs - I will capture the journeys of Black and Indigenous artists, athletes, leaders and community advocates. It’s so important for our future generations to hear the stories of the ones who came before them and I look forward to capturing those. This podcast will be on Apple, Spotify and YouTube.

Screen capture right - Link to Facebook video uploaded June 7th, 2018 by Benjamin Danny Coronell
Yanyeidi Wolf song by Taku River Tlingit First Nations on Taku River.

Photo right - Tlatsini' Journey of the Taku Kwan - A Mike Rudyk Film
A part of the Available Light Film Festival 2021 (Yukon Canada)

This journey would become the film 'Tlatsini'
Three-day trip to coincide with large gathering of Alaska and Yukon Native traditional dancers this summer
by Mike Rudyk (CBC News, Apr 22, 2018 )

Photo left - Michaela Goade by Sydney Akagi. Right - Book Cover Illustration by Michaela Gouda

The first Indigenous Caldecott Medal winner by Aliyah Chavez (Indian Country Today 1/25/2021)

A Tlingit illustrator Michaela Goade is the winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal, one of the most
prestigious awards in children’s literature. The selection is history-making, marking
the first time an Indigenous person has ever won the Caldecott Medal

Photo left - via Natives for Bernie Sanders on Facebook share FB Video
5 minutes of Bernie in mittens and lofi tunes Turn the volume on

Photo center - Planet Alaska on Facebook shared Bernie Sanders meme

Photo right - Occupy Democrats on Facebook shared

Photo left Rep. Deb Haaland at the Inauguration on January 20, 2021. She is the first Native American Nominee for United States Secretary of Interior.
She would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history.

Photo right Rep. Debra Haaland of New Mexico made history by being the first Native to save her seat in Congress with a blanket!
Rep. Debra Haaland & Rep. Sharice Davids sitting next to her are the first two Native American women elected to the U.S. Congress in 2018.

Photos - Nicholas Galanin (Top left), Alison Bremner (Top Center), Nathan Jackson (Top Right)
Photos - Sgwaayaans (bottom left), Lily Hope (bottom center), David A. Boxley (bottom right) Photos by Fernando Decillis

HOW NATIVE ARTISANS IN ALASKA BRING INNOVATION AND HUMOR TO THEIR CRAFT BY Kimberly R. Fulton Orozzco. Photographs by Fernando Decillis (Smithsonian Magazine | January/February 2021)

Today’s Google Doodle (12/30/2020), illustrated by Sitka, Alaska-based guest artist Michaela Goade (Tlingit), celebrates Alaska Native civil rights champion Elizabeth Peratrovich, who played an instrumental role in the 1945 passage of the first anti-discrimination law in the United States.

Elizabeth and Roy worked with others to draft Alaska’s first anti-discrimination bill, which was introduced in 1941 and failed to pass. On February 5, 1945 following years of perseverance, a second anti-discrimination bill was brought before the Alaska Senate, and Peratrovich took to the floor to deliver an impassioned call for equal treatment for Indigenous peoples. She was met with thunderous applause throughout the gallery, and her moving testimony is widely credited as a decisive factor in the passage of the historic Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945.

From left) Erin Tripp (Tlingit), playing Roberta Cratchit, Isabelle Star Lablanc (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota) ,who plays Freda,
and Ed Littlefield (Tlingit), who plays E.B. Scrooge.

In ‘A Tlingit Christmas Carol,’ Alaska Indigenous theater transforms holiday classic BY Tripp Crouse, KNBA - Anchorage (KTOO)

"Gunalchéesh @artnews and @andybattaglia9 for acknowledging this piece as a defining artworks of 2020 (what a year it has been).
Here is to 2021, stay safe everyone link in bio w/ @biennalesydney" Nicholas Galanin (Yéil Ya-Tseen)

Nicholas Galanin (website)

Artist Nicholas Galanin chasing a copper mask

Nicholas Galanin on upcoming episode of PBS "STORYTELLERS" premiering December 11, 2020
(Peter Blum Gallery, 176 Grand Street, New York, New York 10013)

YouTube link - Nicholas Galanin on episode of PBS "STORYTELLERS (December 11, 2020)

Keep updated Nicholas Galanin News - Peter Blum Gallery Artists

Screen capture right - TikTok link - 'Morning Vibe' BY E420doggface208 Nathan Apodaca (Northern Arapaho) 72.7 million TikTok views.

Screen capture right center - TikTok link Welcome to Alaskan TikTok BY Chevy (Shaax’ Saani) • Tlingit Artist (Over 2 million TikTok views)

Screen capture left - TikTok link #greenscreen Elizabeth Peratrovich civil rights activist BY Chevy (Shaax’ Saani) • Tlingit Artist

Screen capture right - TikTok link - 'Formline 101' BY nickalanart • #tlingit Hashtag Videos on TikTok

Screen capture center - TikTok link - Reply to @hikebikeoptico 'This is Lingit land' BY naegoon_Nae • #tlingit Hashtag Videos on TikTok

Screen capture left - TikTok link - 'thank you in Tlingit' BY koodeik • #tlingit Hashtag Videos on TikTok

Tlingit man elected as San Diego mayor BY Joaqlin Estus (Indian Country Today 12/4/2020)

On Nov. 3, Democrat Todd Gloria, Tlingit, aged 42, was elected mayor of San Diego,
the nation’s 8th largest and California’s second-largest city.

Todd Gloria's #1 YouTube Video - "Thrive" -- Todd Gloria for San Diego Mayor

Actor Martin Sensmeier (Tlingit/Koyukon Athabascan) in Netflix’s new series, “The Liberator”

'The Liberator Delivers' by Danielle Mercado & Julian Alcaraz (A&E)

Martin Sensmeier joins cast of 'The Things They Carried' filming starts in early 2021 and release date late 2021 or 2022.

'Everything We Know About Tom Hardy's The Things They Carried' BY Cooper Hood (SCREENRANT) Tom Hardy is turning Tim O'Brien's
acclaimed Vietnam War book The Things They Carried into a movie. Here's everything we know about the adaptation.

Tlingit artist designs stamp inspired by trickster raven tale for US Postal Service pencil
by Samantha Davenport (ADN November 26, 2020)

Tlingit and Athabascan artist Rico Lanáat’ Worl designed a new postage stamp to be released in 2021
for the United States Postal Service, inspired by a traditional Indigenous tale.

"I’m on my 14th week of Zoom teaching and couldn’t be more delighted with my gifted and hard working students. I’ve been fortunate with
using natural window light like this for my Zoom classes. " Larry McNeil (Professor at Boise State University 12/1/2020) Larry McNeil Photography

Miranda Belarde-Lewis a new iSchool endowed faculty fellow ( UW News 11/20/2020)

Miranda Belarde-Lewis, assistant professor in the UW Information School, has been named the inaugural Joe and Jill McKinstry Endowed Faculty Fellow in Native North American Indigenous Knowledge. Belarde-Lewis (Zuni/Tlingit) is an independent curator as well as a professor of North American Indigenous Knowledge with the iSchool, and her work examines the role of social media in protecting, perpetuating and documenting Native American information and knowledge.

26 Indigenous Instagram Accounts To Follow Right Away
By Rohina Katoch Sehra (Huffington Post, November 10, 2020)
Photo bottom right Maka Monture Päki (Tlingit/Mohawk)

As a community, Indigenous content creators are redefining the word “influencer,” with its unsavory associations of sweetheart deals and over-curation. Viewed collectively, their work unfolds from the triple axes of community, resistance and resilience.

ANS is honored to announce that Ethel Lund has been elected
our new ANS Grand President on November 2, 2020.

Alaska Native Sisterhood and Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp (Official Website)
The Alaska Native Sisterhood (ANS) and Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) are both over 100 years old. These organizations have worked to advance conversations and action on issues such as racism, subsistence, land rights, and education.

YouTube link - W tl'tk w t sa.x_ - Listen to the land A Nicholas Galanin film
Written and Directed by Nicholas Galanin •Premiered Oct 20, 2020

Translation and Narration - X̱’unei Lance Twitchell. Camera - Merrit Johnson. Music Tlingit Rowing Song Contributor Names Michael O. Ossorgin (arranger). Mt. Edgecumbe School Boys Chorus (singer) Michael O. Ossorgin (recordist) - 1950. (date) Hatred - No More Water - Meshell Ndegeocello  -2020.

Chapter & Verse: The Gospel of James Baldwin - a 21st-century ritual toolkit for justice each month of fall 2020. Inspired by James Baldwin’s truth-telling treaty on justice in America, The Fire Next Time, and our current endlessly changing world, this is a call for revolution in the form of an ongoing gift during turbulent times.

Nicholas Galanin (Official Website) ... Silver Jackson (Musical artist Official Website)

Silver Jackson is one of the many aliases of Sitka, Alaska-born artist Nicholas Galanin: he also uses his Tlingit name Yéil Ya-Tseen.

YouTube link - Khu.ex’ Live Performance - Seattle Reads Oct 15, 2020

Khu.éex' (Official Website)

Preston Singletary Glass (Official Website)
Khu.éex', a funk/rock band co-founded by internationally known glass artist Preston Singletary, as they share their music and stories behind their most recent album Héen.

Khu.éex' Members - Preston Singletary (Bass), Bernie Worrell (Keyboards), Skerik (Saxophone), Gene Tagaban (Vocals), Sondra Segundo (Vocals), Nahaan (Vocals), Captain Raab (Guitar), Stanton Moore (Drums), Stanton Moore (Drums), Clarissa Rizal (Vocals), Randall Dunn (Producer & Audio Engineer)

Additional Khu.éex' Members - Tim Kennedy (Keyboards), Steve Moore (Trombone, Keyboards), Davee C. Carpenter (Drums, Percussion), Indrayani Barker (Vocals), Ed Littlefield (Drums), Denny Stern (Percussion), Hans Teuber (Sax & Keyboard)

A Group Of Indigenous Men Are Biking To Promote Mental Health
By COOXOOEII BLACK (Wyoming Public Media, OCT 1, 2020)

Former Pro Basketball Player Damen Bell-Holter dedicated his life to promoting mental wellness and youth mentorship that's why he’s led a group of men on a cycling trip through Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico in October.

YouTube link - Arias Hoyle AKA Air Jazz - 12 Songs Relased Sept 17, 2020

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