Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum Winter Share Your Culture / Share Your Research Series

K̲aachgóon Rochelle Smallwood (Tlingit)

Friday, October 28, 12-12:45 pm
On Zoom & in-person at Sheldon Jackson Museum

K̲aachgóon Rochelle Smallwood (Tlingit) will give a talk at the Sheldon Jackson Museum entitled, “Haa Shagóon Yoo X’atángi Yéi Gaxtoosaneix: We Will Save Our Ancestors’ Language.”

Smallwood, a visual artist, photographer, fashion designer, and Tlingit language enthusiast and scholar, describes her talk as follows:

“This talk will focus on the importance of saving and reclaiming our Indigenous visual and oral languages; our languages as insightful to our ancient values; and how we can keep our histories and stories alive through art. How our languages, materials, and processes have changed over time, but how we can adapt them to shifting times, keeping our artwork and language moving into the future while still honoring our ancestral ways of the past.”

Visit and input meeting ID:  833 5465 9930 and passcode: Smallwood.

To reserve a seat at the Sheldon Jackson Museum for the talk, please call (907) 747-8981.

Native Youth Olympic Games Demonstration

Friday, November 18, 12-12:45 pm
On Zoom & in-person at Sheldon Jackson Museum

Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum will host several students from Mount Edgecumbe High School to demonstrate Native Youth Olympic Games activities. This will be a fun event for all. Come appreciate the athleticism and skill of these students and hear about where they are from and how they came to practice these games.

If you cannot attend in-person, watch via Zoom. Visit and input meeting ID: 886 3833 1790 and passcode: Games

Artist Talk with Laine Rinehart (Tlingit)

Friday, December 2, 12 pm
On Zoom only

Rinehart will present on Chilkat weaving and share a visual update on their robe-in-progress from the loom.

From Laine Rinehart, Tlingit (they, them, theirs):

Chilkat weaving has been practiced by many tribes along the Northwest Coast, both historically and in modern times, with many weavers contributing to the growth of this unique textile art form. Unique in its adaptation of Northwest Coast formline into a curvilinear weaving form, it is an in-depth technique which tells clan histories and stories and often is representative of clan crests.

This conversation will include a history of Chilkat Weaving, its origin, how this style of weaving has traveled, and how it continues to spread across different tribes. Additionally, the artist will share the Chilkat robe that they were weaving as an artist-in-residence at the Sheldon Jackson Museum in June of 2021. Further discussion will revolve around the preparation of mountain goat wool, from the hide to weft yarns and the spinning of warp, in order to prepare for the actual weaving of a robe. Finally, they will examine the differences between mountain goat wool and merino wool for the dye and spinning process.

Visit and input meeting ID: 878 6155 6757 and passcode: Rinehart.

Marcia Biederman (non-Native)

Friday, January 13, 12-12:45 pm
On Zoom only

Marcia Biederman will give a historical talk entitled “The Courage of Agnes Young McAlpin: The Forgotten Story of a Haida Woman Who Won a Fight for Her Human Rights.”

Join us for this event as Biederman will take us back to 1906 at a time when people fought for seats in a Pennsylvania courtroom to hear a young Haida woman tell of years of mistreatment at the hands of her white husband and in-laws. Originally from Kasaan, Agnes Young was 17 when a white dentist named Kenneth McAlpin married her in Wrangell. A year later, with Agnes pregnant, the couple returned to Kenneth’s home. Horrified by the interracial marriage, his mother and sister banished Agnes to a barren attic while Kenneth got a luxuriously furnished room.

Hidden from visitors and forced to eat separately, Agnes thought of suicide. Instead, she developed a plan to free herself and her children from this intolerable situation. Using photos and excerpts from news accounts, Marcia Biederman will explain how Agnes won a highly publicized divorce trial, ensuring a future for her descendants in Alaska, and prompting a small Pennsylvania city to examine its commitment to civil rights.

To attend the talk, visit and input meeting ID: 842 3603 1991 and passcode: Agnes.

Robert Hoffmann (Tlingit) Artist Talk and Opening Reception

Saturday, January 14, 2-3 pm
On Zoom and in-person at Sheldon Jackson Museum

Filling Empty Spaces – Attraction and Distraction is an exhibition of new works by Robert Hoffmann. Join us for an opening reception and artist talk and enjoy the show and light fare afterwards.

Or attend the talk and see a slide show of art in the show on Zoom. Go to and input meeting ID: 816 5128 2902 and passcode: Robert.

Through his carvings and paintings, Robert Hoffmann explores cultural values and to what ends they drive us in a search for fulfillment.

Hoffmann is one of three artists selected for the Sheldon Jackson Museum 2020-2023 Solo Artist Exhibition Series. The other artists are: Allie High and Peter Williams.

Jan Steinbright (Non-Native)

Fri., Feb. 3rd at 12-12:45pm
On Zoom and in-person at Sheldon Jackson Museum   

Guest speaker Jan Steinbright (non-Native) will give a presentation entitled “Out of Roots, Bark, Grass, and Baleen: Alaska Native Basketry Stories.”

Steinbright share this about her presentation:

In my 40 some years living and working with Alaska Native artists, I have had the honor of getting to know some incredibly talented people. As an artist myself, I was particularly drawn to the practice of basketry, an art form I had been involved with since childhood. My job allowed me to gather materials and interact with Native basket makers as they went about their work. I also was privileged to organize workshops around the state and work on exhibits for museums on basketry. From these precious experiences, I have come away with many stories which I love to share.

Using a PowerPoint presentation, I will talk about the gathering and preparation of natural materials and the basket construction, and share some personal stories of these amazing people.

People may attend the event in-person at the museum or on zoom. To attend via zoom, visit and input meeting ID: 895 9116 4275 and passcode: Jan.

Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum Annual Meeting

Saturday, February 11

Details to follow

Artist talk with Maryteri Kennedy (Tsimshian)

Saturday, March 11, 12-12:45 pm
On Zoom only    

Maryteri Kennedy (Tsimshian) will give an artist talk entitled “Cultural & Environmental Changes of Tsimshian Weaving.” Kennedy will describe traditional Tsimshian weaving – the style of weaving, materials used, and how language was used to “teach” this style of weaving. She will also detail how the Metlakatla weaving style was heavily influenced by neighboring tribes and how it has changed slightly over time. The talk will highlight weaving in the 1980s and 1990s, when Lillian Buchert, Lucy Rainmen, and Brenda White were known for Tsimshian weaving. At that time, Violet Booth taught many students at Annette Island School District, though only a handful of students became weavers in their adult lives.

To attend via zoom, visit and input meeting ID: 815 1922 9955 and passcode: Metlakatla.