Honoring Southeast Alaska Native Heritage, History, and Culture
Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples have inhabited Southeast Alaska for more than 10,000 years. We met with Dr. Chuck Smythe, director of the culture and history department at Sealaska Heritage Institute, to learn more about these Alaska Native cultures and their relationships with the icefield, ocean, and forests of the region across time.
We met with Dr. Smythe in the beautiful and serene Shuká Hít, a cedar clan house within the institute. Dr. Smythe shared with us the mission of the Sealaska Institute, the history of the Native people in Southeast Alaska, and some Tlingit tales of the icefield, which is seen as a living being in the Tlingit culture.
View the video story above, and then learn more about southeast Alaska Native cultures via these online educational resources.