Haines, Alaska, US
Native Culture Experience
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Approximately 2¾ Hours
Experience the native culture of the Tlingit people on this visit to Klukwan -- the mother village of the Tlingit Nation. You'll meet up with your guide on the dock in Haines; then hop on the bus and you're off to see historic Fort Seward.
A 22-mile, 40-minute scenic drive up the Chilkat Valley and through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve leads to Klukwan -- the only remaining village of the Chilkat people. Located at the confluence of three rivers, this ancient, yet contemporary, village has seen a multitude of generations. For hundreds of years the Tlingits have lived off the bounty of this special place; their close relationship to the land is revealed through the exhibits in the Heritage Center. This, newly opened, state-of-the-art, museum-quality center is situated in a stunningly beautiful natural environment on the north bank of the Chilkat River. The Heritage Center exhibits provide access to art treasures that have previously not been available to the public. The Whale House collection, uniquely displayed in its place of origin, allows entrance to Chilkat's distinctive ethnic landscape. As you tour this world-class facility, you will gain an appreciation for both the depth and complexity of the Tlingit society. There is much to see and enjoy during your visit to Klukwan, including a Tlingit drumming and dancing presentation, as well as meeting the welcoming and informative people.
Enjoy some locally-caught smoked salmon, visit the gift shop where local Native arts and crafts can be purchased, and use the on-site spotting scopes to locate mountain goats on the peaks behind the village. You may even see eagles fishing for salmon in the Chilkat River.
Leave Klukwan and return to Haines and the ship.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.