Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center (SEAICC) was
established in 1969 as a place for local Sitka Tlingits to
teach themselves about their own culture, while also helping
Park visitors understand the tribal people whose history is
part of the Park story. SEAICC is an independent Native
non-profit organization, but is housed in the Park Visitor
Center. At the Cultural Center visitors view artists working
and can talk to them about their art and their culture.
SEAICC also offers courses in things like, beadwork,
weaving, bentwood box making, and box drum making. SEAICC
also sponsors special projects, like the Indian River
History Totem Pole raising in 1996, and the carving of a
traditional Tlingit canoe.
Artists Talk about Their Work:
Haa leelk'u has Kaastaheendax -- Indian River History Pole:
In 1996, the Cultural Center sponsored the carving and raising of a thirty-five foot totem pole in front of the Park's Visitor Center. The multi-clan pole was carved by local Sitka carvers to commemorate the Tlingit clans (Kaagwaantaan, Kiks.ádi, and Coho) who lived in the area before the Russians came. The pole's Tlingit name means "honoring our ancestors who lived along Indian River."
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