SFTHCC San Francisco Tlingit & Haida Community Council
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Tribal leadership, under the umbrella of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Central Council in Juneau. http://www.ccthita-nsn.gov
http://www.ccthita-nsn.gov/government/assembly/overview/index.htmlLeadership opportunities for enrolled members.
(Local board has elections every 2 years in January, tribal delegates are elected every two years to attend Tribal Assembly in April) http://www.ccthita-nsn.gov/government/assembly/overview/index.html
Typically in the summer.
Bi-Annual Culture Day
Larger culture oriented event hosted every other year.
Scholarships are awarded yearly to youth attending college or seeking vocational training. https://sfthcc.org/scholarship
Membership: update your records, enroll your children & grandchildren http://www.ccthita-nsn.gov/services/enrollment/overview/index.html
Bringing Native Alaskans together in Northern California to practice traditional cultural activities.
3-Day Paddle Classes
Make your own usable canoe paddle from a cedar plank, complete with formline design by Doug Chilton. (One People Canoe Society https://www.facebook.com/ OnePeopleCanoeSociety/)
3-Day Cedar Bark Hat Classes
Weave a traditional cedar bark hat.
3-Day Bentwood Box Classes
Make your own cedar bentwood box with lid.
Annual Culture Camp
Drums, Octopus Bags, Beading, Moccasins, Bark Weaving, Small Paddles, Language, Songs, Food
Contact DonnaRae James
Southern Winds Dance Group
Tlingit, Haida, & Tsimshian
Teikweidei Bear Clan, Silva Family: Jay Silva Dance Leader Monthly practices in Isleton, Ca.
“The Southern Winds Dance Group started October 2016. It is a collaboration of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Indians with ancestry in Southeast Alaska, now living in the greater Bay Area. We share our singing, dancing, drumming, stories, history, kinship, regalia, artwork and food on a regular basis. While the intent is to promote Alaska Native culture to the next generations living in California, people of all nations are welcome.”
Performances vary year to year, up and down the West coast.
Regalia Making Days
Crab Feed Fundraiser, Performance, & Silent Auction
In Isleton, CA – January
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRXLbb1kAJQ Celebration performance June 2018.
Contact: Jay Silva / Charlene Gray
Alaska Natives at Fort Ross
Tap into our history along the Californian coast; learn about our presence at Fort Ross. Discover how our people were taken from their villages and brought to hunt and fish for the Russians.
Bi-Annual Alaska Native Day
3rd Saturday of May in odd years: Upcoming even will be held May 15, 2021
Qayaq (skin boat) races, dancing, singing, storytelling, honoring of our ancestors at the cemetery. (open to the public at Fort Ross)
Potluck dinners for Alaska Native participants Friday and Saturday evenings, storytelling, singing, cultural share
Fort Ross Festival:
Russian celebration with a Native Alaskan presence. Last Saturday of July, yearly. Mini culture camp Friday-Saturday, various projects.
Contact: Lauren Peters firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarships Available for Native Youth
View our scholarship page for the most up to date list of scholarship resources.
Local San Francisco Council—https://sfthcc.org/scholarship
Central Council— http://www.ccthita.org/services/education/higher/index.html
Sealaska—Scholarships (Dec. 15-March 1 Sealaska scholarship application period) For Sealaska shareholders and descendants applying for college, university and vocational and technical schools
Your Village Corporation—If you are enrolled in a Village Corporation, they usually have scholarships available for tribal members.
Alaskan Native Brotherhood/ Alaskan Native Sisterhood. (ANS/ANB)
Local California chapter
Meetings in Roseville, Ca.
President: DonnaRae James
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/California-Alaska-Native- SisterhoodBrotherhood-244866692877159/
One People Canoe Society
We paddle together, imitating our ancestors……
Contact information: Email: email@example.com Phone or text: Alicia Armstrong 907-209-5616
Phone or text: Doug Chilton 907-723-0030
Phone or text: Yarrow Vaara 907-209-6191
Paddle Canoe Journeys https://www.facebook.com/OnePeopleCanoeSociety/ (public group) https://www.facebook.com/groups/121633687863790/ (members)
Sealaska Heritage— Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures
“Our goal is to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. Sealaska Heritage also conducts social, scientific and public policy research that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide.
We offer numerous programs promoting Southeast Alaskan Native culture, including language and art. We maintain a substantial archive of Southeast Alaskan Native ethnographic material. We partner with local schools to promote academics and cultural education. Biennially, we produce Celebration, Alaska’s second-largest Native gathering. We own and operate the Sealaska Heritage Store, and curate an ongoing cultural exhibit on the first floor of our headquarters in Juneau’s landmark Walter Soboleff Building.
Sealaska Heritage was founded in 1980 by Sealaska after being conceived by clan leaders, traditional scholars and elders at the first Sealaska Elders Conference. During that meeting, the Elders likened Native culture to a blanket.
They told the new leaders that their hands were growing weary of holding onto the metaphorical blanket, this “container of wisdom.” They said they were transferring this responsibility to Sealaska, the regional Native corporation serving Southeast Alaska. In response, Sealaska founded Sealaska Heritage to operate cultural and educational programs.
The late George Davis (Kichnáalx—Lk’aanaaw) of Angoon spoke these memorable words: “We don’t want what you did here to only echo in the air, how our grandfathers used to do things… Yes. You have unwrapped it for us. That is why we will open again this container of wisdom left in our care.”
Phone: (907) 463-4844
Bi-Annual Cultural Celebration of Tlingit, Haida, & Tsimshian tribes
Juneau, early June even calendar years
50 dance groups, Four Days, Food Contests, Art Shows, Fashion Show, Craft Booths, Speakers, Films
Tlingit & Haida WA Chapter / Seattle Community Council
Many events during the year.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Tlingit-Haida-WA-Chapter-Seattle-Community- Council-198837643480753/about/
Xaad Kíl (Haida Language) https://www.alaskanativelanguages.org/haida
Lingít Yoo Xʼatángi (Tlingit Language) https://www.alaskanativelanguages.org/lingit Sm’álgyax (Ts’msyan Tsimshian) language https://www.alaskanativelanguages.org/ tsimshian
Language Resources: https://www.sealaskaheritage.org/institute/language/resources
Haida Genealogy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/667501990062151/ (this is a private Facebook page, you need to request membership by informing the administration of your Haida connection)
Tsimshian Genealogy https://www.facebook.com/groups/851650444882158/about/
Other Groups on Facebook:
Tlingit and Haida people of Alaska https://www.facebook.com/groups/62169204736/
Southeast Alaska Natives (Eyak, Haida, Tlingit, Ts’msyen) https://www.facebook.com/ groups/southeastalaskanatives/
Southeast Native Artists Market https://www.facebook.com/groups/106203162816438/