Scenic cruising Frederick Sound
Alaska Native Village Cultural Celebration & Market
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 5 Hours
Situated on the northern end of Kupreanof Island, the village of Kake has a year-round population of fewer than one-thousand residents, but is characterized by a powerful Alaska Native community atmosphere. As you experience the village of Kake during this tour, you will likely witness unfiltered aspects village life -- a hunter's return after a successful seal hunt, families working together to hang their harvest of salmon in a smoke house, or a ceremonial potlatch -- many of Kake's remarkable residents continue to subsist off of the land and sea. The spiritual way in which the indigenous people here are connected to the earth and to each other is inspiring.
Your adventure begins when you board an Alaska-built expedition vessel directly from the Maasdam in Frederick Sound. As the vessel's captain navigates towards Kupreanof Island, your Alaska Native host and on-board naturalist will provide compelling background and context regarding life in a remote Alaska Native village.
Disembark in Kake and transfer to the site of a carving demonstration. Learn the cultural significance of totems, ocean-going canoes carved from cedars, and intricate Alaska Native art. You will see the world's tallest single-tree totem. At an astonishing 132 feet tall, this work of art is tricky to photograph.
The local gymnasium is where Kake's residents gather to perform the steady beat of the drum accompanied by Tlingit song and dance, invoking powerful ancestral traditions.
Local artisans and harvesters have assembled a mini craft market of Alaska Native art, jewelry and local delicacies, including halibut, salmon, seaweed, and berry jams. Shop 'til you drop; then, head back to the ship by coach and expedition boat.
Tour details are subject to change based on village circumstances, such as subsistence harvest opportunities. Wear comfortable walking shoes.