Culture: our past and present relationship to the land
Naltóoshgán, below, was home to the great southern clan the Ganaax.ádi, ancestral to the Aanx’aakhittaan and Deisheetaan. Entering Southeast via Nass River, the Ganaax.ádi established villages at Naltóoshgán, the good place (Whitewater) and Chayéek, arm goes way up inside (Chaik Bay) long before the founding of Aangóon. In places like Naltóoshgán, academic categories—Nature, Culture—relax and shake hands. For the past decade or so, my role as a naturalist has been to facilitate that meeting.
Culture is divided into 5 subcategories:
● Tlingit geography and history
● Why do we live here? and
Explore those sub-categories or view the entire JuneauNature hierarchy at this site map.
This structure is by no means comprehensive, only reflecting several fairly narrow topics that appeal to me as a landscape-level naturalist. At Discovery, we have no pretensions toward expertise in—for example—Native language, customs, oral history, or spirituality. Our hope, however, is to support in any way we can, the exciting cultural resurgence that’s happening everywhere you turn these days: in education, in art, and on the radio.