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Museums - Native Art Studies Program

The Totem Heritage Center serves as a cultural center for the artistic traditions of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people. The Center offers annual classes in the Northwest Coast arts including carving, basketry, weaving and regalia making. Visiting and local instructors accomplished in the Northwest Coast Native style of art teach these classes to perpetuate and strengthen the traditional arts through their students. Students may work independently, pursue a Certificate of Merit, and earn University of Alaska credit.

All classes are for adults (18 and older) unless otherwise described. Seasonal class brochures are available in September.

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2018-2019 Class Brochure (PDF)

2018-2019 Class Registration Form - download, print, fill out the form and mail to: Totem Heritage Center, 629 Dock St., Ketchikan, Alaska 99901.  Contact the Totem Heritage Center at (907) 225-5900 for more information and to register for classes over the phone.  If you are interested in applying to KIC for an Esther Shea Scholarship you will need to register with THC first and then contact KIC for a scholarship application.

Please note, registration for Spring 2019 classes will open December 13, 2018, at 5:00pm. 

Past Class Schedules

Native Arts Studies Program Instructor Bios

Open Craft Night - every Thursday, 6-9pm, mid-October through mid-April.  Everyone is welcome to come work on their Northwest Coast art projects.  A fun evening of new and old friends and time to work on your art.  Projects do not need to be from THC classes.

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The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the CIRI Foundation are pleased to provide the Alaska Native Artist Resource Workbook to assist Alaska Native artists in furthering their artistic careers.