Brenda's Residency Trip by Brenda Byrd - Gugwelksm Nee£ diwaayu. Metlakatla Di wil waatku. Gisbutwada di pteegu. I am Brenda Byrd. I am from and still live in Metlakatla, Alaska. I am married with three children and work full time as a behavioral health aide. My family has been so supportive of my education. I am working on m
Southeast Alaska region tourism is a $530 Million Dollar industry. Working tohgether as tribes of Alaska we can benefit by simply being ourselves as Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian. Ketchikan receives 39,000 visitors from May to end of September joining forces we can econonmically benefit for many of the visitors come for a cullture experience and I have yet to see an exclusive Alaska Cuisine Restaurant. Top it off 35% of Alaska's visitors come to Southeast Alaska.
Tara Roberts tests her wolf whistle during a recent workshop. Photo by Samuel Wilson. Whistles, rattles and clappers have traditionally been an important part of Native culture in Southeast Alaska, but the instruments are less common now.
Metlakatla is home to the only native reserve in the state of Alaska. It is located on Annette Island in the most Southern part of S.E. Alaska. Members of the Tsimshian tribe originally traveled over by canoe from their home in British Columbia in 1887. Seeking religious freedom, they were following William Duncan, a missionary with the Church of England. Today the community of Metlakatla is a unique and welcoming place to witness the rich Tsimshian cultural heritage.
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