For over 10,000 years, the Tlingit’s have lived and thrived in Southeast Alaska. Access to abundant resources on both land and sea have enabled our Tlingit people to develop a rich culture and complex social structure. That structure and culture has survived the ages and is still evident today. The ability of our people to adapt to an ever changing environment and to maintain our cultural ties to the land and sea are at the core of our very existence and the reason that we still survive as a people.
Each family had a dwelling that could house up to 30 family members with its own identification and clan symbols. Many villages had a large communal building that would serve as a gathering place for ceremonies and other clan or tribal meetings.
Childrearing was pretty much everyone’s responsibility with aunts, uncles or grandparents typically taking a stronger role than the parents. This system helped to insure that children would be properly trained and better able to survive in an unforgiving environment.
When visiting ISP, visitors will be introduced to Tlingit history through song, dance, and storytelling -- the same way Alaska Natives have learned for generations.