Huna Tribal House in the News

Video camera focusing on the tribal house
Video news coverage at the Huna Tribal House Dedication

NPS / S. Neilson

News Media Articles

May 31, 2017
Standing Tall in Bartlett Cove
Once again, the shoreline of Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park welcomed hundreds of tribal members and other visitors – this time to celebrate the raising of two totem poles in front of Xunaa Shuká Hít, Huna Ancestors’ House. Capital City Weekly

April 4, 2017
The Long Way Home
Opening a tribal house and closing a divide in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. National Parks Magazine, Spring 2017

March 17, 2017
Hoonah youth club holds a culture camp in the Xunaa Shuká Hít
Eight Hoonah City Schools students spent three days at Tribal House as part of a successful culture camp.

August 31, 2016
Breathing Life Into a New Beginning
The Huna Tlingit return to their ancestral homeland.

August 24, 2016
Huna Tlingit Paddle Home
Dugout canoe pullers begin their journey to homeland for the August 25th dedication event.

August 24, 2016
Forty-one Weavers, One Robe
Used for the first time during the dedication ceremony of Xunaa Shuká Hít in Glacier Bay, Master weaver Clarissa Rizal and 40 Ravenstail and Chilkat weavers complete a robe that will be used to celebrate canoe gatherings and maiden voyages of new dugout canoes.

August 3, 2016
Hoonah Dugout Canoe a Success
The second steaming of two forty-foot dugout canoes is a success. The spruce dugouts will make their first voyage to Glacier Bay for the August 25th dedication of Xunaa Shuká Hít.

July 6, 2016
Hoonah Canoe Launch
The first of two dugout canoes goes out on it's maiden voyage.

May 25, 2016
Singing Our Way Back to Homeland
Hoonah youth exploring the park in their backyard, and reconnecting to their ancestral homeland. This project was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. Students will be writing new songs to be shared at the grand opening of the tribal house this summer!

April 12, 2016
From a Log to a Dugout
Steaming open a 40-foot traditional Tlingit canoe.

March 16, 2016
Huna Tribal House Carvings
Raven totem carvers (Gordon, Owen and Herb) are highlighted again in the Capital City Weekly.

Story of Kasteen
Carvings depict the story of the departure of the Huna Tlingit.

Going Home
Master Carver Wayne Price inspires the community of Hoonah through a traditional canoe carving project. When completed the canoe will participate in the Return to Homeland event at the Tribal House in Bartlett Cove.

February 17, 2016
Returning to Homeland: The Xunaa Shuká Hít
Article for the 2016 Glacier Bay Visitor's Guide highlighting the Tribal House Project.

February 11, 2016
Xunaa Shuká Hít Nears Completion in Glacier Bay
Centuries after being forced out by advancing glacier, Huna clans prepare for ceremonial return.

April 2, 2014
Hoonah Carvers Make their Marks with Xunaa Shuká Hit (Glacier Bay Tribal House)
Carvers Gordon Greenwald, Herb Sheakley and Owen James share their journey creating carved elements for the Tribal House Project.
Tlingit line

National Park Service Press Releases

August 25, 2018
Healing Totem Dedication
On August 25, 2018, Glacier Bay National Park and the Hoonah Indian Association (HIA) ceremonially dedicated the Healing Totem Pole – a hand-carved monument commemorating the evolution of park and tribal relationships.

May 23, 2017
Standing Tall in Bartlett Cove: Eagle and Raven Totem Raising 5-20-2017
The serene shores of Glacier Bay have become even more meaningful with the raising of two spectacular Tlingit totem poles in Bartlett Cove. In a heartwarming day of friendship and collaboration, the Hoonah Indian Association (HIA), and the National Park Service (NPS) joined together in the spirit of Woosh ji.een and raised the 20-foot, 2,000 pound red cedar totems into place.

May 12, 2017
Eagle and Raven Totem Raising at Xunaa Shuká Hít
The shoreline of Glacier Bay will be forever transformed on Saturday, May 20th when two spectacular Tlingit totem poles are carefully lifted into place adjacent to Xunaa Shuká Hít (the Huna Tribal House) in Bartlett Cove.

September 2, 2016
A Collaborative Milestone
The August 25th grand opening of Xunaa Shuká Hít was a powerful day filled with brilliant sights and sounds of joyous hearts celebrating the Huna Káawu's return to homeland.

August 5, 2016
A Return to Homeland: Huna Tribal House Dedication and Open House
A long awaited dream becomes reality on August 25, 2016 as the Huna Tribal House opens its doors on the shores of Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park. Elaborate carvings, hand crafted canoes, colorful regalia, and traditional songs will enrich this very special day, jointly planned by the Huna clans, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Hoonah Indian Association (HIA). The event is expected to attract hundreds of tribal members, is open to the general public, and will be simultaneously live-streamed for all to enjoy.

February 19, 2016
Huna Tribal House "Return To Homeland" Special Event
Save the Date: The Huna Tribal House will be a reality in Bartlett Cove.

December 10, 2015
NEA Grant Awarded for Hoonah Student Song-Writing Workshop
The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service announce an award of $20,000 to Hoonah City Schools to support a traditional Tlingit song-writing workshop for high school students. The project, entitled “Singing Our Way Back to Homeland,” will include a song writing workshop held in Glacier Bay, and a public performance of newly composed songs at the opening celebration of the Huna Tribal House.

June 02, 2015
Tribal House Coordinators Selected
Two Tribal House Coordinators have been selected to assist with the Huna Tribal House Project

July 16, 2014
Huna Tribal House Work Begins in August
Site preparation will begin in August on a traditional tribal house on the shoreline of Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park.

February 23, 2012
Huna Tlingit Tribal House Proposed for Glacier Bay National Park
The National Park Service proposes to construct a replica of an 18th century Tlingit house in Bartlett Cove. An Environmental Assessment describing designs, placement and environmental effects will be prepared. Initial comments and questions about this proposal will be accepted until COB March 24, 2012

Last updated: February 11, 2019

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