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Contact: Philip Hooge, 907-697-2230
BARTLETT COVE, ALASKA-Site preparation will begin in August on a traditional tribal house on the shoreline of Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park. The $2.9 million contract was awarded recently to P.K. Builders of Ketchikan (Alaska). The project is expected to be finished in the summer of 2016.
The tribal house – named Xúna Shuká Hit by tribal elders – has long been a dream of the Huna Tlingit who claim Glacier Bay as traditional homeland. The Bartlett Cove area once supported two traditional villages, L'eiwshaa Shakee Aan (Town on Top of the Sand Mountain)and Ghaatheeni (Sockeye River Village). The Xúna Shuká Hit will commemorate ancestral clan houses and is envisioned as a place where tribal members can reconnect with cultural practices and ancestral knowledge through ceremonies, workshops, camps, tribal meetings, and other events. It will also provide park visitors with opportunities to learn about Huna Tlingit history, culture, and life ways. Hoonah Indian Association (HIA) President Frank Wright, Jr. expressed the tribe's appreciation that the years of planning and cooperation are bearing fruit: "The Tribal House will be an important symbol of the Huna Tlingit's rightful presence in their Glacier Bay homeland."