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Contact: Mary Beth Moss, 907-945-1220
Contact: Tom VandenBerg, 907-697-2619
BARTLETT COVE, AK –A long awaited dream becomes reality on August 25, 2016 as the Huna Tribal House, named Xunaa Shuká Hít by Huna clan leaders, opens its doors on the shores of Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park. The presence of elaborate carvings, hand crafted canoes, and traditional songs will enrich this very special "Return to Homeland" celebratory event, jointly planned by the Huna clans, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Hoonah Indian Association (HIA).
From its inception, the Tribal House has been a cooperative effort between the NPS and HIA; park staff and tribal employees collaborated on the architectural design; completion of various cultural elements including house screens, houseposts, and totem poles; operational plans; and educational strategies. Generous support from Sealaska and Huna Heritage Foundation and the wisdom of clan leaders, community elders, and culture bearers have also benefited the project.
The National Park Service is honored to support this ongoing partnership and its historic, one of a kind, cultural preservation project as it celebrates its 100th birthday. Plans are currently in development for the event. Stay tuned for details as information is updated regularly at https://go.nps.gov/tribalhouseevent2016