Haines - Klukwan Native Culture Experience
Available all year
Scenic drive through Chilkat Valley.
Chilkat Bald Eagle Reserve.
Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center.
Enjoy a spectacular natural setting
Experience the native culture of the Tlingit people and the Chilkat Valley on this unique visit to the ancient village of Klukwan. Your tour begins with a 45-minute scenic drive scenic drive through the Chilkat Valley and the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Soon you’ll arrive in Klukwan, the “Eternal Village” of the Chilkat Tlingit people. Located at the confluence of three rivers, the village of Klukwan has a rich culture and history. For hundreds of years, the Chilkat Tlingit people have lived off the bounty of this special place. You will visit the state of the art, Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center. The Heritage Center provides entrance to the Chilkat’s distinctive ethnic landscape with exhibits on their subsistence way of living, clan house artifacts, the legacy of Chilkat weaving and more. Your village host will guide you through the educational exhibits and will share personal experiences and insights along the way. Your visit to the Heritage Center culminates at the Whale Clan House of the Gaanaxteidi where the world-famous collection of four totems and the Rain Wall Screen are displayed. Although the pieces are highly acclaimed by art connoisseurs, few people have seen the collection in person, until now. Guests will be invited to sit and enjoy the compelling history and stories of these exquisite pieces, often from one of the clan members themselves. The Heritage Center is situated in a stunningly beautiful location that offers incredible views. From this serene setting, you will have the opportunity to view the scenery and wildlife through spotting scopes and have time to visit the gift shop.
Included: Snack - Smoked salmon cream cheese, crackers, cookies, water and hot drinks.
Remarks/Requirements: Appropriate warm layered clothing and comfortable shoes.
Walking information: Approximately 30 meters total with breaks between.
Wheelchair accessbile: No.
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