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Tlingit Canoe and Culture Experience

Quick Details

Duration: Approximately 2 hours
Pickup/Drop off: Icy Strait Point Excursion Hub
Distance from docks: 
5 minutes

Traveler (min. 50 lbs)

Canoe Adventure and Tlingit Culture Experience

Hoonah, Alaska is a special place, rich in culture and tradition. Settled by the Xunaa Kaa’wu in 1754, due to the advancing ice in Glacier Bay, Hoonah is a seaside community surrounded by majestic wilderness. This experience is an opportunity to do something that can only be done in Hoonah! The tribe offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour the pristine waters of Icy Strait, aboard a traditional, hand-carved Tlingit dugout canoe.

Enjoy songs, drumming and Tlingit language phrases taught by your crew. You can get an up-close view of marine wildlife while learning about the Tlingit culture. You are given the opportunity to paddle an authentic 40-foot canoe or just sit back and enjoy the ride. Prior to heading out to sea, guests will be fitted with a life vest and given some tips on proper use of traditional paddles. This is truly an experience you won’t forget!

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Icy Strait Tour Highlights:

  • Intimate small group tour with a knowledgeable guide
  • Paddle a hand carved, ancestral 40-foot canoe
  • Cruise Icy Straits like the Tlingit have done for centuries
  • Learn about the Tlingit and their culture

Included With Your Canoe Adventure:

Tour the canoe culture shed, “Yaakw Kahidi,” to view beautiful totems, wall panel and display of the Xunaa Shuká Hit and have traditional stories interpreted for you. Interpreters share the traumatic story of the forced migration out of Glacier Bay, the recent partnership with the National Park Service, and our return to Xunaa Shuká Hit, the ancestral homeland of the Hoonah Tlingit.

Authentic Tlingit arts and crafts are available at the Kἰndei Gift Shop after the tour.

TripAdvisor Five Star Review – Reviewed by Maninder K

A dive into native cultures with care and joy
Great experience with a canoe ride, storytelling and singing. In addition learning from village elders about the history, with maps, pictures and totem poles learning more about the culture, were all a great introduction to Alaskan history. Went with family including kids (youngest 7 yrs) and oldest Dad (83 yrs). All could do and enjoyed the canoe ride.

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