Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center and Bald Eagle Preserve Visitor Center
If you have a group of 4 or more and would like to visit, please contact Elsie Spud at Jespud@jilkaatkwaanheritagecenter.org
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Open May 15th – September 15th
Self-Guided tour $15/adult, $7.50/Child, Military $12.50 Senior $12.50
Purchase a guided tour with one of our local tour guides.
They will share their experience of living here in Klukwan,
their knowledge of our culture along with modern and historical exhibits.
In the 1970’s a movement toward the culture began to take place. In 1976 the Chilkat Indian Village Tribal Government passed an ordinance preventing the sale or removal of clan trust property without the knowledge and approval of the tribal government. The return to the culture was slow in progressing at first but really began to pick up some momentum after the Klukwan Healing Robe was started in the fall of 1992 and the Whale House Trial was held in 1993. A plan to build the Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center began to take shape when the village held a strategic planning session in January of 2002. The Heritage Center is helping to addresses the village/clan’s pressing issue of where to put the precious clan treasures that are no longer housed in clan houses and the community’s desire to rebuild and restore our cultural heritage.
NEWS & EVENTS
Eternal Village: A GiveaShot.org Story
The village of Klukwan sits on the banks of the Chilkat River in Southeast Alaska and is home to a culturally and historically important First Nations settlement of the Tlingit people. Klukwan literally means “eternal village.” This fall, the Peak Design team visited Klukwan and the nearby town of Haines, guided by Guy Archibald of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC). SEACC aims to protect the communities and ecosystems of Southeast Alaska, and is currently working to protect Klukwan and the wildlife-rich Chilkat watershed from a proposed mining project.
The Constantine mine, currently in advanced exploratory stages, is located north of Haines just above the Klehini River, a major tributary to the Chilkat River. The stunning Chilkat Valley is home to abundant salmon, bald eagles, bear and moose, and to the indigenous communities who have lived off the land for thousands of years. The construction of and pollution from the mine will undoubtedly damage this river ecosystem, with potentially irreparable and catastrophic results. SEACC is fighting against its development in hopes of protecting the river and the people and animals that it sustains.