Place Based Education - Resourecs for Southeast Alaska Educators

Chilkat Spirit by Mike A. Jackson

Tlingit Land Rights, History and Tradition

Tlingit Native Values and
Dr. Walter Soboleff shared his thoughts on Native values.

Tlingit Time
KHNS, a community supported radio station, provides an audio archive of the Tlingit Time program. This program includes audio for Tlingit language learners and speakers.

Interactive Tlingit Noun Chart
This draft website was developed by Lance Twitchell through a Sealaska Heritage Foundation grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Tlingit Language Dictionary
by Lance Twitchell - Paperback book $19.99 - Download $12.88
Excerpt: "Based on previous works, this dictionary compiles nouns, common phrases, and other parts of speech. A quality reference item for a student of the Lingít language, commonly known as Tlingit. The Tlingit are indigenous to North America, and our territory ranges across Southeast Alaska and Western Canada. Gunalchéesh."

The Sounds of English and Lingit

Excerpt: "Language has a profound influence on culture and world view, and it is a tragedy of our age that Native American languages are in peril. Tlingit is no exception. Like other Native languages, Tlingit was traditionally an oral language, but it is one that will not survive unless it becomes a written language which is read."

Shm'algyack (Tsimshian) Resources
Dum Baaldum
Home of the Alaska Tsimshians
A website produced by Tony and Donna May Roberts

Xaat Kíl
The Haida Language

This website is brought to you by the Sealaska Heritage Institute, and is dedicated to the study, preservation and revitalization of the Haida language.

The First Nations Languages of British Columbia
this site includes: Bibliography of Materials on the Haida Language
This site is maintained by the Yinka Déné Language Institute (YDLI). Information provided by other sources is credited on the relevant page. The YDLI web site contains information about YDLI and its activities and about the Athabaskan languages with which YDLI deals, especially Dakelh (Carrier).

ANLC Publications -- Haida

Hydaburg, Queen Charlotte Islands
HD1 Haida Dictionary by John Enrico. (2 vols). This definitive work provides full coverage of the vocabulary, including variant forms, word class, and examples of usage. Appendices offer detailed information on phonology, semantics of verbs, meanings of classifiers, numbers, and kin terms. An English-to-Haida index with about 7,000 items is a ready tool for finding specific Haida words with reference to the full dictionary entries.
2005 lix + 2126 pp. ISBN 1-55500-087-8 $279.00

Haida Translations by Robert Bringhurst
Being in Being
Edited and translated by Robert Bringhurst
Hardcover, 2002, 397pp 0-8032-1328-X
Nine Visits to the Mythworld
Translated by Robert Bringhurst
Hardcover, 2000, 223pp 0-8032-1316-6
A Story as Sharp as a Knife
By Robert Bringhurst
Paperback, 2000, 527pp 0-8032-6179-9
Translating Haida Poetry: An Interview with Robert Bringhurst
by Bringhurst, Robert, 1946-, Rigaud, Thérèse - 2002

Herb Hope: The Kiks.ádi Survival March
At the 1987 ANB convention in Sitka, the 75th anniversary of the ANB,
the Kiks.ádi clan hosted a luncheon. One of the Kiks. ádi elders told
the account of the Battle of Sitka between the Russians and the Tlingit,
which happened at the beginning of the 19th century. After the lunch,
Herb was livid. He felt that the person telling the story had told a
whitewashed, missionary version. He was determined to document the
Tlingit warrior version of the story.
So began the Kiks. ádi Survival March Project, organized by Herb and
carried out with the assistance of Fred Hope. I provided logistical and
research support to my uncles from time to time. In 1989, we filmed high
quality footage of Herb explaining his reasons for undertaking the

Tlingit Elders Traditional Education Checklist
Originally published in "Beginning Tlingit", Sealaska Heritage Foundation, 1984
Compiled by Richard and Nora Dauenhauer
Based on the input and review of many elders
The Southeast Alaska Tribal College Elders Council formally adopted this checklist in October 2001.

Tlingit Country and Tribes Map

War Helmets and Clan Hats of the Tlingit Indians

Chilkat Indian Village, IRA v. Johnson, et al

Anchorage Daily News' Whale House Series

Interview with Fred Paul

An Interview with Tlingit Elder Lydia George

This includes Anchorage Daily News' Whale House Series


Working draft of the Aak'wtaatseen story (.pdf)

Haa Aaní, Our Land
Tlingit and Haida Land Rights and Use
Walter R. Goldschmidt and Theodore H. Haas
Edited with an Introduction by Thomas F. Thornton

Haa Aani, Our Land, is a re-issue of “Possessory Rights of the Natives of Southeast Alaska” by Walter Goldschmidt and Theodore H. Haas. The new version, published by the University of Washington Press, is edited by Dr. Thomas F. Thornton, Associate Professor of Global Studies at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

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Will the Time Ever Come? A Tlingit Source Book
Alaska Native Knowledge Network 2000

"The Book has three parts, Tlingit History and Traditions, Contemporary Issues & Projects, and an Appendix taking the formidable Dr. Frederica de Laguna to task for not publishing the versions of clan histories Lt. George Emmons variously attempted for his comprehensive Tlingit ethnography, which she arranged to make available to the conference. Part 1 includes an annotated bibliography by Sergei Kan, Russian-born anthropologist, an overview of clan migrations by Andrew Hope, distributions of people, clans, and houses at Angoon (Burnt fort) by Harold Jacobs, and a person quest for the actual route of the 1804 Kiks.ádi Survival March escaping the Russian counterattack to retake Sitka.

Part II begins with an overview of the sounds of the Tlingit language by Richard Dauenhauer, Alaska poet laureate and comparative mythologist; considerations for an atlas of Tlingit place names and resources by Thomas Thornton, contemporary subsistence by Steve Langdon, and a glimpse at current naming practices by Ellen Hope Hays.

The Appendix includes letters to and from de Laguna, and of greatest significance, a list of Tlingit Tribes, Clans & Clan Houses filling 12 pages."
-Dr. Jay Miller

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The Struggle
By Peter Metcalfe

Shee Atiká Incorporated commissioned Peter Metcalfe to write and produce a history of the corporation, “Earning a Place in History: Shee Atiká, the Sitka Native Claims Corporation,” published in 1999. During his research for the book, Mr. Metcalfe discovered that Joyce Walton Shales of Juneau had written a doctoral dissertation based on the life of her grandfather, Rudolph Walton, one of the first graduates of the Sitka Industrial Training School, later renamed after its founder Sheldon Jackson. The following is a brief account, drawn from Dr. Shales’ dissertation, of the events leading up to a lawsuit brought by Walton and other Sitka Natives, Davis v. Sitka School Board. Their cause was just, but they lost the lawsuit. It was one of the many set-backs for Alaska Natives that led to the formation of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood.


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