Sealaska Heritage Institute Native Art Policy and Standards
Enhancing Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Art
The Sealaska Heritage Institute Mission is “To Perpetuate and Enhance the Tlingít, Haida and Tsimshian Cultures.”
The goals of the Sealaska Heritage Institute Art Programs are:
1) To support the perpetuation of Native art traditions of Southeast Alaska with the quality and aesthetic forms that gave rise to its distinction.
2) To promote the production of those Native art forms which are endangered.
3) To encourage the creativity and further development of Native arts.
4) To stimulate quality craftsmanship.
5) To create a broader market for Native artists.
6) To protect the authenticity of Native Arts by Native Artisans.
SHI Native Artist Market and participants shall comply with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (PL 101-644) which makes it unlawful to display for sale or to sell any product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product of a particular Indian tribe or Indian arts and craft organization. The law further provides that the term “Indian” means any individual who is a member of a federally or state recognized Indian Tribe or is certified as an Indian artisan by an Indian Tribe.
SHI Native Art Programs and participants shall comply with Southeast Alaska Native traditional laws in respecting clan ownership of crests, names, songs and other such cultural and intellectual property of clans.
SHI Native Art Programs and participants shall also comply with applicable federal, state, local, and tribal laws and tax codes.
In accordance with the Indian Arts and Craft Act, SHI recognizes the following as eligible to participate in the SHI Native Art Programs:
a. Alaska Natives who are defined as “Native” under the Alaska Native Settlement Act, 443 U.S.C.A. 1602(b), and enrolled to Sealaska Corporation; or
b. Descendants of Alaska Natives enrolled to Sealaska Corporation, whether they own Sealaska Corporation stock or not; or
c. Alaska Natives and Native Americans who are members of an ANCSA corporation or Indian tribe or who are certified as an Indian Artisan by an Indian Tribe.
Artists must provide documents to prove that s/he is a Native or Native Descendant enrolled to Sealaska Corporation whether they own stock or not or a copy of other tribal enrollment.
Indian artisans must provide evidence of tribal enrollment or a letter (on letterhead) or resolution of a tribal government certifying that artist is endorsed as an Indian Artisan.
ARTWORK & MATERIAL
Only original artworks, objects or items produced by the applicant Native or Indian Artisan, as defined above, may be displayed or sold.
Pieces of art submitted to the 2018 Sealaska Juried Art Show must have been completed in the last two years.
Objects where the artwork is mass produced from commercial kits, or molds or machine-printed (applies to e.g. T-shirts, scarves, etc.) may not be sold. Mass produced materials such as blankets and plain sweatshirts may be used only in the cases where the major, defining artwork is created by hand, (such as appliquéd art on blankets or sweatshirts, or silk screen designs created by hand.)
Material necessary for the production of Native art objects may be sold by Natives or Indians as defined above (excluding website).
Possession and sale of migratory bird feathers or parts is prohibited by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Eagle Feathers may be possessed, used, & displayed by Native Americans with a permit issued by the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service, but may not be sold, traded, or bartered.
Authentic items containing material from polar bear, porpoise, sea otter, seal, sea-lion, walrus, whale and other species protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act, are allowed to be possessed, purchased, or sold only if created by Native Artists as defined above and only if the restricted material has been significantly altered in a manner consistent with traditional Native arts.
SHI Native ARTIST MARKET STANDARDS
1. No dealers, traders or agents may participate in the SHI Native Artist Market.
2. Artist must sign a SHI Waiver/Release Statement.
3. Artists must provide a copy of their business license for participation in the Celebration Native Artist Market.
4. Artists must provide a biography for inclusion in the SHI Artists Data Bank or website.
5. Display and sale of objects must be limited to the confines of your table area or designated space.
6. All artists must provide their own table covering and display stands.
7. Overnight storage is not provided.
8. Food preparation or sales are not permitted unless prepared & packaged at a location certified by FDA standards.
9. The Native Artist Market is alcohol and drug free.
10. Artists will be admitted one hour prior to the posted public opening time for set-up & one hour after closing for clean-up.
Juried Art Show:
Artists must submit a non-refundable application fee of $50.
Celebration Native Artist Market:
Artists must submit a non-refundable application fee of $25.
IF accepted to the Native Artist Market, Artists must pay a fee of $300 no later than fifteen days prior to the Celebration Native Artist Market for one table and two chairs. Market Vendors who also participate in the Sealaska Juried Art Show and Competition are eligible for a fee of $150.00.
SHI reserves the right to deny participation in its Native Artist Markets if artists fail to comply with the Native Art Policy and Standards as outlined above. Please mail any requests for appeal to the SHI President at Sealaska Heritage Institute, 105 S. Seward St, Suite 201, Juneau, AK 99801. All appeals must be made in writing.