Sealaska Heritage - Walter Soboleff Building

Sealaska Heritage - Walter Soboleff Building

Sealaska Heritage - Walter Soboleff Building
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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In May 2015, Sealaska Heritage Institute opened the Walter Soboleff Building—our Box of Knowledge. This cultural and research center is dedicated to the sharing and study of the ancient Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. It is owned and operated by Sealaska Heritage Institute, a Native American nonprofit conceived by clan leaders, traditional scholars, and elders and founded in 1980. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures. The institute has been on the forefront of documenting and revitalizing endangered languages and cultural traditions and pioneering programs that promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding. The facility is a special place for Southeast Alaskan Natives, and a place where everyone--Native and non-Native alike--can feel welcome and learn something about their heritage. The Soboleff building is like a traditional bentwood box in that it holds our at.oowu--our treasures. In addition to housing our administrative offices, the building contains our climate-controlled archives, our classrooms, the Sealaska Store and our public exhibit, which we call out True Southeast experience. A work of art in its own right, the building contains space for art demonstrations and exhibits, as well as a traditional clan house clad in hand-adzed cedar. It features large-scale work by some of the best artists of our time. Each tribe is represented in monumental art, which includes the installation “Greatest Echo,” huge formline panels on the exterior by the Haida master artist Robert Davidson; an enormous painted-and-carved house front in the entry by Tsimshian master artist David A. Boxley; and—in the clan house inside the building--the largest glass house screen in the world by Tlingit master artist Preston Singletary. The exterior awnings feature formline designs by Steve Brown, and the interior is clad in cedar that was hand adzed by the Tlingit master artist Wayne Price.
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Excursion304446
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Jul 2021
Tours of the Clan House and small museum are available at 2pm. Cost is $5. If you have visited the State Museum, you can give this one a pass, as the museum has only two rooms. Their large gift shop has the best selection of authentic native designed art work, signed silver jewelry and textile art that I saw in the city. As for the silver bracelets with Tlingit designs, there are less expensive ones available at other shops. But remember what you spend here helps support their art, language and cultural programming for the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian community.

Written July 23, 2021
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Ocean 215
Coopersburg, PA68 contributions
Sep 2022
The museum is small but the information is vast. Carla, our guide, was incredible. Her knowledge and presentation was worth the visit alone. She spent approximately 45 minutes telling us about the culture and answering our questions. I could have listened to her speak all day. There are exhibits and a few interactive monitors in the museum itself. Wonderful lesson on Native Alaskan people. There is a gift shop that you can enter without going into the museum.
Written September 23, 2022
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hellp842
United States283 contributions
Aug 2021
I believe the best gift shop I found in Juneau.
It had a wide range of price points and merchandise that was a much higher caliber than the souvenir places by the docks. They had some beautiful scarves from summer silks to warm ,soft ones in various Alaskan motifs.They also had ponchos ,rain jackets, gloves, even pot holders in those interesting designs.Wide range of merchandise.
I highly recommend the shop.
Written August 14, 2021
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Grand Master Luther
San Antonio, TX32 contributions
Jul 2020
Spectacular collection of northwest native art and culture. Staff was extremely helpful. With COVID=19 need to be aware of several things--1) museum is closed; 2) the store is accessible only by scheduling an advance appointment with a limited number of participants; and 3) masks are required. This store is essentially a museum in itself. Not much going on in Juneau at this time because of the pandemic, but this should not be missed.
Written July 23, 2020
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Chris L
Niles, MI752 contributions
Sep 2022
Good displays, including a life sized replica of a tribal house that served other functions. Good docent on duty when we were there (an older man, but I failed to get his name). Many of the exhibits were interactive which allows the visitor to selection subjects. A map of the area helps in pinpointing various sites. Only downside is the size of the exhibit space...it is fairly small. But what they do have is done expertly.
Written September 16, 2022
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Frank Sories
San Francisco, CA239 contributions
May 2022
Unfortunately I did not have enough time on my port call to visit the museum. The gift shop, however, was a real experience for someone who has been collecting art by Alaska natives for several decades. This was not the kitsch one finds at other tourist souvenir shops lining the downtown streets; it was definitely the real thing. I was enthralled by the boxes, masks, ivory carving, and other artworks/merchandise. It was hard to pick just one item to take home with me, so I left and returned after my ride on the Mt. Roberts tramway. The young ladies who assisted me could not have been more helpful and informative. They made my visit a memorable one. I'd love to be able to return sometime.
Written June 1, 2022
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York2,302 contributions
Jul 2022
This building is a must see, both inside and outside. The outside of the building features exterior panels by the Haida artist Robert Davidson. Inside there is a gift shop with native Alaskan arts and crafts, plus three main exhibits. The Sealaska Institute is a native corporation formed to promote the culture of the Southeast Alaska native peoples. You can admire a Tsimshian house front made by David Boxley and the ancestors' house. There were exhibits on traditional culture and a juried art show.
Written July 30, 2022
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Shina L
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May 2022 • Friends
I absolutely adore this store for finding beautiful Alaska Native made gifts for friends & family (as well as myself ;). Everyone working in the shop is so sweet & knowledgeable. John is especially a delight to talk to! I look forward to having more time to hear his stories on my next visit and to check out the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus!
Written May 11, 2022
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Anne S
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May 2022 • Couples
A highlight of our trip to Juneau! We happened upon this gem on its first day open post-pandemic. We were greeted with great enthusiasm. It’s a beautiful Center of Alaskan heritage. The gift shop is stunning!
Written May 6, 2022
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Joe P
Natick, MA10 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
I didn't visit the museum portion, but I had read good things about the store, which could be called a gallery due to high quality of items. Very impressive. We bought a lovely small walrus ivory carving of a standing polar bear. The staff members weren't sure of the artist identity or the materials, but they promised to research it for us. Cika did just that, emailing me with what she knew. We bought a few smaller items (ornament, box), which were very affordable.
Written June 9, 2017
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