ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tribal house years in the making will be dedicated on the shores of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, a physical acknowledgment that the area known for its rugged beauty is also the homeland of the Huna Tlingit.
Ceremonies are planned for Thursday at the Huna Tribal House at Barlett Cove. Officials also plan to livestream the festivities. An open house is scheduled for Saturday.
According to the park service and Hoonah Indian Association, the building will be the first permanent clan house in Glacier Bay since an advancing glacier wiped out tribal villages more than 250 years ago.
The park service says the building will provide a place for tribal members to meet and hold ceremonies and provide a place for visitors to learn about tribal culture.