Formerly named Lynn Canal Province, I ‘prenamed’ it after the inhabiting Kwáan, to dispense with IWGNs. It’s enormous and unwalkable by mere human beings, extending from the granitic highlands across from Deishú, end of trail (Haines) south to Tleixsatanjín, hand at rest (Heintzleman Ridge). Áak’w Province is treated in much greater detail—watershed by watershed—in Places>Áak’w & T’aakú Aaní. Here I’m only giving a broad-scale overview of our ‘home province,’ with examples outside of the roaded CBJ.

Lingít names on IfSAR terrain model

We have no known Lingít name for this magnificent river flowing into Daxanáak, between 2 points (Berners Bay). Maps call it (for undocumented reasons) Antler River.

Repeat photo pair below:

Wulix’áasi Héen, cascading river (Katzehin), is fed by Meade Glacier.* The Lukaax.adi must have been intimately familiar with this northernmost ice-river draining the Juneau Icefield, because it advanced about to the corner visible in the distance on the 1929 oblique. Hiking up valley for trapping and goat-hunting would have been easy on the barren river bars, at least during low flow. Whatever name they called it by has apparently been lost to history.

My retake lines up the opposing points fairly well, but was taken from lower elevation. Although considerable recession has occurred, this is still an active glacial river, with a mostly-barren flood plain. Only in a few protected side pockets and on some point bars has substantial reforestation occurred. An example is the cottonwood stand marked in middle distance.

In contrast, the glacially rebounding estuary has seen about 400 acres of more uniform forest advance. Unlike the river bars, this uplifted delta is now entirely free of water-related disturbance.

* Richard Meade was the naval commander who bombarded and leveled 5 Kake forts and settlements on northern Kuiu.


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Clickable map of Southeast provinces

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