Killer Whale Grand Opening

Grand Opening Celebration
Tlingit elders perform a blessing ceremony and give the whale her name, Keet'k, which means "little killer whale."

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An Open House was held on February 25th to celebrate the culmination of the nine year project. Glacier Bay's interpretive division facilitated an evening of orca-themed events and presentations and welcomed honored guests from the Hoonah Indian Association to perform a Tlingit blessing. A special name Keet'k meaning "little killer whale" was given to commemorate the return of her Spirit.

The beautiful display would not have been possible without the support and hard work of many. Partners included: Alaska Geographic, Gustavus School, Gustavus Public Library, Lee Post, and over sixty Gustavus community volunteers and friends.


Last updated: April 14, 2015

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