Icy Strait Point, Alaska, US
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Approximately 1½ Hours
Meals not included
Explore Hoonah -- an authentic Alaska Native village that is many things to its inhabitants. It is a lively fishing community, an old logging town, and the world's largest Tlingit village.
Your guide will describe how this coastal community came into being when the rapid glacial advance of the Little Ice Age forced the Native clans from their ancestral home in Glacier Bay. Learn about the feats of local fishermen, what it means to 'drive' on the Alaska Marine Highway, and how the people rebuilt the village after it was destroyed by fire during World War II.
Check out a pair of Tlingit totems and learn how to read them. And, of course, keep your eyes peeled for the animal representatives of the two Tlingit moieties keeping watch over the town -- ravens and eagles.
Immerse yourself in the local Tlingit culture at the Native Theater. An interactive performance showcases the rich heritage of a people shaped by wild lands and mysterious seas. Performing and dancing in their colorful regalia, the Huna Tlingit proudly share their history through interpretive song, dance and storytelling. This is your opportunity to absorb the rich history and local culture and join in a traditional celebration.
This excursion is conducted by open-air tram. Dress warmly in layers with a wind- and waterproof outer layer; bring gloves, a scarf and a warm hat. Photographing or videoing the performance is prohibited; however, the performers are available for photos directly after the show.