Easy Forest, Nature & Hoonah Scenic Drive with Tribal Dance
Points of Interest
- Arts & Culture
Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.
What You Will Visit:
The world's largest Tlingit village, the town of Hoonah is located on Chichagof Island. The Huna have lived in the Icy Strait area for thousands of years, and this fishing village stands as a testament to the strength of this coastal community. Guests touring the area learn the origins of the town, how the people rebuilt when the village was destroyed by fire during WWII, how locals "drive" the Alaska Marine Highway and many other aspects of life in this small heritage-rich village. You will also learn about how the town sustains itself through the fishing, timber and tourism industries. Make a stop to see Tlingit totems, hear the stories related to these poles and learn how to read them.
The Heritage Center Native Theater
Step into the beautiful Native Heritage Center, where Huna Tlingit culture comes to life. Here, a troupe of talented performers in colorful regalia will portray Native stories through traditional song and dance. Enter a magical realm of ancient clans and listen as storytellers recount gripping tales of the tumultuous days of the Little Ice Age when a rapid glacial advance forced the people from Glacier Bay, their ancestral home. Culminating this dramatic performance is a lively traditional celebration… and you're invited to participate!
Guests attend a colorful folkloric show by Huna Tlingit musicians and dancers who wear traditional garb and perform in an artistic representation of the tribe's history, culture and storytelling,
What You See Along The Way:
Begin your ride on a covered tram through the rainforest to discover rugged coastlines and dense woods. Your local guide will describe the many plants and animals inhabiting the area and their importance to maintaining the delicate balance of a healthy rainforest ecosystem. As you tour the town, you will notice how few roads are paved and the lack of stoplights in the town. The Tlingit revere the land and the importance of the rainforest that envelops the island. Take in the indigenous plant life and the animals and local inhabitants.
Photo-stop opportunities allow a wonderful glimpse into the past. Please note that photographs are not permitted during the tribal performance, but afterwards you will have the opportunity to meet the actors and have your picture taken with them.
Special Notes:Photographing and videotaping the performances are strictly prohibited; however, performers are available for photos directly after the show.
Unaccompanied Minor Policy: Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.
Time for photos with dancers
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