Haines - Klukwan Native Culture Experience
Enjoy a tour of Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center.
Scenic drive through Chilkat Valley.
Chilkat Bald Eagle Reserve.
Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center.
Enjoy a spectacular natural setting
Fantastic scenery and wildlife.
Level 2: Easy
Appropriate clothing, warm layers, and comfortable walking shoes.
Experience the native culture of the Tlingit people and the Chilkat Valley on this unique visit to the ancient village of Klukwan. Your tourbeginswith a 45-minute scenic drive scenic drive throughtheChilkat Valley and theChilkatBald Eagle Preserve. Soon, you’llarrive in Klukwan, the ‘EternalVillage’ oftheChilkatTlingitpeople. Located at theconfluenceofthree rivers, thevillageofKlukwan has arichculture and history. For hundredsofyears, theChilkatTlingitpeople have livedoffthebountyofthisspecialland. Youwillvisitthestate-of-the-art JilkaatKwaan Cultural Heritage Center. The Heritage Center is a window into 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 share personal experiences and insights along the way. Your visit to the Heritage Center culminates at theWhale Clan House oftheGaanaxteidi, wheretheworld-famouscollectionoffour totems and theRain Wall Screen aredisplayed. Althoughthepiecesarehighlyacclaimed by art connoisseurs, fewpeople have seenthecollection in person, untilrecently. Guestsareinvited to sit and enjoythecompellinghistory and storiesoftheseexquisitepieces, often from oneoftheclanmembersthemselves. The Heritage Center is situated in a stunninglybeautiful location withincredibleviews. This serene setting gives you the opportunity to view the scenery and wildlife through special viewing telescopes and you will have time to visit the gift shop.
Included: Snack - Smoked salmon cream cheese, crackers, cookies, water, and hot drinks.
Remarks/Requirements: Appropriate clothing, warm layers, and comfortable walking shoes.
Walking information: Approximately 100 total feet with breaks between.