Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center
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The 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.

Cultural Center Background:

Cultural Center Overview (interview with Executive Director, Jan Steinbright Jackson)

Irene Jimmy

Importance of Cultural Center (excerpts from Irene Jimmy interview)

Establishing the Cultural Center and its relationship to the National Park Service (excerpts from Ellen Hope Hays interview)

Artists Talk about Their Work:

Silver Carving (interview with Louis Minard)

Irene Jimmy

Beadwork and Weaving (excerpts from Irene Jimmy interview)

Weaving (interview with Teri Rofkar)

Woodcarving (interview with Tommy Joseph)

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."

Carving and raising the Indian River History Totem Pole (Dave Galanin interview)

Irene Jimmy

Establishing cultural protocol and raising the Indian River History Totem Pole (excerpts from Irene Jimmy Interview)

Raising the Indian River History Pole (excerpts from Louise Brady interview)

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