PHONE DIRECTORY – Information is located in the red COVID-19 Information tab. See document HERE.
** HEALTH ALERT ** – The Klukwan community has done well to mitigate exposure to the novel coronavirus. Given its success, the Chilkat Indian Village Council declaration of emergency set on March 26, 2020, is still in effect. The continued best practices for preventing the spread of coronavirus is limiting exposure between persons and receiving a full dosage of an FDA approved vaccine. See full Flyer HERE.
Three major goals for the community:
- to perpetuate traditional knowledge
- to improve community self-sufficiency
- to move toward total wellness.
Language and Culture
Members of the village practice cultural protocols that have been unique to the Tlingits for thousands of years. The matrilineal clan system relies on a moiety structure with clearly defined responsibilities to each Eagle (Kaagwaantaan) or Raven (Ganaaxteidi) clan. Songs, stories, dances, and language are taught to the youth. Reliance on elders reinforces the ceremonial traditions, often relayed in the heritage language, resulting in a rich culture that is uniformly practiced and respected. The longevity of the culture and its people is founded in the preservation of the Tlingit language, a primary goal of our tribe. Opportunities to explore traditional and cultural arts have been highly successful, as evidenced by continuing independent practice. The community has taken some bold steps in the last fifteen years to preserve and revive many of the cultural arts and practices of our ancestors. It is now possible to take a Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Tour and soon visitors will be able to see the new Cultural Center, Hospitality House and the Bentwood Box Gift Shop.
In addition to the Klukwan School and community library, Klukwan hosts many courses around traditional knowledge, languages, and traditional arts.
Nestled along the banks of the Chilkat River rests an ancient Tlingit village called Klukwan. The name Klukwan is taken from the Tlingit phrase “Tlakw Aan” which literally means “Eternal Village,” or “The Village That Has Always Been.” Local oral history tells us that Klukwan was originally settled many years ago by a group of Gaanaxteidi (Raven Clan) men and their Kaagwaantaan (Eagle Clan) wives. The village site was chosen because of the rich natural environment found here, and it is located in remote northern southeast Alaska just 18 miles south of the Canadian border. Klukwan enjoys a multi-layered cultural history that is preserved through the Tlingit language, rituals, stories, oral histories, and subsistence activities practiced by the Chilkat Tlingits, a federally recognized tribe known as the Chilkat Indian Village (CIV).
Klukwan's ancestral land base extended from Stonehouse Creek to Berners Bay. An area covering approximately 2.6 million acres.
HOURS – Klukwan Mercantile, LLC. Store
OPEN: Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays / Saturdays 12noon to 5pm
ALASKA STATE TROOPERS – The Alaska State Troopers would like you to know that you can reach the 24 hour dispatch by calling 907-465-4000.
Housing Improvement Program – grant program to help eligible Indians & Alaska Natives repair/renovate existing housing, and in some special cases, build New Homes. Please read the flyer for further instructions. You can find the application at the CIV office, or on the website under Tribal Services.
Tribal Business Economic Relief Program – Eligible businesses must have been operating in Klukwan prior to March 1, 2020 and be able to demonostrate they have suffered economic hardships because of COVID-19. Funds must be fully expended by September 31, 2021 and all expenditures using these funds must be reported back to the Chilkat Indian Village. THREE APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE: Community Artist Relief application, Business Economic Relief Program, Tribal Infrastructure Support application.
~ FOOD SOVEREIGNTY APPLICATION ~ On July 30, 2021 the Tribal Council approved a second round of food sovereignty funds; Applications will be processed in the order they are received. The first round of food sovereignty applications are just finishing up as well. See application HERE.
KUSTOM ORDER KOVID KRAFT KITS – The Covid Taskforce and the CIV council approved the use of Covid Relief Funds to make available traditional craft kits to support community wellness. Interested persons will fill out a simple application and should contact Lani Hotch and the Jilkaat Traditional Art Supply on tuesdays 10-1 or thursdays 10-3 to learn more, check out the available materials and to get help to plan your project. See flyer HERE.