In June 2022, the Sealaska Heritage Institute completed an uncommon 360-degree totem, named the “Sealaska Cultural Values Totem Pole.” This significant work represents the preservation of the three tribes of Southeast Alaska (Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian) and the four cultural values that guide Sealaska Heritage Institute programs: honoring and utilizing the land; strength of body, mind and spirit; honoring ancestors and future generations; and social and spiritual balance.
The totem pole lives at the new state-of-the-art Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus in downtown Juneau. The campus covers approximately 6,000 square feet and features indoor and outdoor spaces for artists to create Northwest Coast art pieces. This new campus marks Juneau as a significant center for the creation and preservation of Southeast Alaska Native culture and arts.
The Sealaska Heritage Institute is a must-visit for travelers interested in Alaska Native culture, whether arriving by cruise ship or traveling independently to explore Juneau.