Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center

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The Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center (SEAICC) helps visitors learn the history and understand the culture of the native Sitka Tlingit community. As modern times have distanced the Tlingits from their old lifestyle, the SEAICC also provides an artist studio in which they can learn and practice their crafts.

The cultural center is housed in the Sitka National Park Visitor Center, but is a completely independent Native non-profit organization. It was established in 1969, just a few years after the National Park opened the visitor center.

There is a tremendous amount of history in the cultural center—the many exhibits, collections and informational placards all work together to give you an idea of the strife between the Russians and the Tlingits and give you an appreciation of how the Tlingits have struggled to retain their identity and culture.

Some of the original 100-year-old totem poles still remain, standing in a climate-controlled room to keep them preserved as long as possible. Other Tlingit artifacts in the center have been donated by local clans who wanted to make sure they would continue to be used in the traditional way.

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The native artists who are still involved in doing projects the way of their ancestors. You can interact with them and ask questions about their work. Also—when they’re offered—you can take courses in bead work, weaving, bentwood box making, and box drum making, taught by these artists. Over the years, SEAICC has also sponsored special projects such as carving and raising the 35-foot Indian River History Totem Pole in front of the visitor center, and carving a traditional Tlingit canoe.

SUMMER HOURS AND FEES
Open daily, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
$4.00/person • $15 Family Pass • Free for age 12 and under


Phone: (907) 747-8061
Email: seaicc@gci.net
Website: http://www.nps.gov/sitk/parkmgmt/southeast-alaska-indian-cultural-center.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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