Museum program offers 'Saturday at Sheldon'


January 26, 2017 | View PDF

A new program at the Haines Sheldon Museum aimed at families explores the history and culture of the Chilkat Valley.

“Saturdays at Sheldon” will use stories, songs, snacks, guest speakers, collection examples and hands-on activities to explore topics ranging from trade to survival kits, eulachon and movie-making.

The hour-long weekly workshops are offered in conjunction with two exhibits currently up in the museum, “Haines 50: Objects of Our History” and “White Fang: When Hollywood Came to Haines.”

The program begins 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 with “Who Are You?” Museum director Helen Alten said a talk will focus on identity. “It’s about the concept of determining who you are and what defines that – belonging to family or clan, a skill that you have or an animal that represents your personality.”

Participants will have a chance to make a craft that represents their identity, such as a totem pole in which different elements of their identity are stacked on top of each other. “It’s all about how you define yourself and see yourself, which is a big part of formline art and Tlingit culture,” Alten said. A themed snack may involve stacking treats on a totem pretzel stick.

Other themes will expand on exhibits such as Tlingit armor, a fossil found at Chilkat Pass showing a tectonic link between Alaska and Australia, and the creation of the City of Haines. Valentine’s Day and April Fool’s Day also will be themes.

Each workshop will start with 10 minutes of circle time, where participants listen to a story and learn new terms, ideas and songs. Then there will be crafts, activities, snacks and movement.

Saturdays at the Sheldon are $5 per person, regardless of age. This program is designed and recommended for families with children age 4 to 15 years. Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by a parent.

Preregistration is suggested. Space is limited and tickets will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Educator and early childhood specialist Diane Sly will lead the sessions.


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