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Tlingit Indians have their own unique language and culture. They follow a matrilineal tribal structure that is based on two moieties: the Eagle and Raven. These moieties are further divided into clans and houses, each representing a regional animal such as the wolf, bear, beaver, shark, and thunderbird. Songs, stories, regalia, designs, and other items are considered sacred clan property. To this day, the Tlingit identify themselves by this tribal clan structure.

Southeast Alaska’s wide variety of natural resources continue to sustain and provide for the Tlingit people just as it has done so for thousands of years. Through generous financial support to the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 2007, the corporation is committed to fostering and preserving the rich culture, language, and stories of the Tlingit.

To learn more about the Heritage Foundation, visit their website.