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SHI to sponsor lecture on preeminent Jilkáat leader

Event part of Native American Heritage Month


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Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will sponsor a lecture on the prominent Jilkáat Tlingit leader Kaalaxch next week in celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

The lecture, Kaalaxch's Endeavors: A Preeminent Jilkáat Tlingit Leader and the Coming of the Americans, will be given by Dr. Steve Langdon, professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Department of Anthropology.

In his talk, Langdon will discuss the career of Kaalaxch, who lived in Klukwan at the time of the assertion of jurisdiction by the United States government in 1867. Kaalaxch endeavored to sustain Tlingit sovereignty and culture without endangering Tlingit lives in violent encounters with the colonizing federal interlopers who sought to intimidate and subject the Tlingit people to military authority.

The free lecture is scheduled at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Walter Soboleff Building in Juneau. Everyone is welcome.


Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. SHI also conducts social scientific and public policy research and advocacy that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars, a Native Artist Committee and a Southeast Regional Language Committee. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.

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