The Huna Tribal House Dedication was a significant event for both the tribe and National Park Service. Hand carved dugout canoes, spectacular regalia, Tlingit oratory, traditional ceremonies, rhythms of drums and dances, and an air of excitement and joy made it a day to remember! This short video will provide a glimpse of the many memories that were made on August 25, 2016.
Excitement is building in Hoonah. The Huna canoe pullers prepare for their arduous journey from Hoonah to Bartlett Cove as part of the Tribal House Dedication. They have been training every other day canoeing to Halibut Island and back. The 40-footer handles well and is proving to be very seaworthy.
JULY 2016: The spectacular Wooshkeetaan Post is prepared, and carefully brought inside the Huna Tribal House for installation. This is one of four posts...each highlighting a separate Huna Tlingit clan and their deep connection with Glacier Bay homeland
JULY 2016: The carved interior screen (and carvers Gordon, Owen, and Herb) arrived in Bartlett Cove by ferry. They soon began the process of installing the Tribal House Interior Screen. Spectacular carvings and significance will soon be adorning the interior of the facility.
June 2016 - Before site work began on the tribal house, all of the vegetation was carefully removed and cared for. Watch now as the lush moss and ferns are returned to the site by our crew of hard working SCAs.
Watch as workers carefully prepare and install the spectacular front panels of the Tribal House. These hand-adzed, carved, and painted planks highlight a massive eagle and raven that join together above the main entrance.
There are four carved house posts...each representing a separate Huna Tlingit Clan. Tlingit art portrays animals and other figures which are not only beautiful but often represent a clan’s crests and serve as chapter titles for the rich stories of their history.
Spring/Summer 2015. Images of the site preparation and beginning construction of the Huna Tribal House in Bartlett Cove. See the progress of the site transformed from thick forest to open, level, construction site.
On April 12, 2014 over 200 Tlingit clan members and elders traveled to Bartlett Cove and participated in an emotional groundbreaking and ceremonial blessing for the future tribal house. The Tlingit regalia, the rhythm of the ceremony and the reverence for Glacier Bay and for the gathered elders and clans were inspiring.
The centerpiece of the interior of the tribal house will be the elaborately carved and painted interior screen. The screen depicts the stories of the four Glacier Bay clans and commemorates their deep connection to their Glacier Bay homeland.
Park staff and Student Conservation Association interns carefully remove all vegetation from the site of the future Tribal House. The plants will be carefully tended and returned to the site once the buildling is complete.