Kake is an authentic Tlingit village rooted in cultural traditions going back thousands of years and these are woven into daily life. Subsistence activities like hunting, fishing and berry picking are complemented with artistic pursuits such as dancing, storytelling, basket weaving, beading and carving.
The small community is challenged economically, but is working toward a future powered by an independent spirit and wise use of natural resources. In addition to restoration of its historic cannery district and tourism opportunities, Kake is working toward “green” business opportunities that will reduce the cost of living here. These include harnessing the biomass in forestry waste to provide more affordable energy, and the development of greenhouses to grow fresh, local produce.
Most people come to Kake for the same reasons locals live here: stunning views of forest and the waters of Southeast Alaska, abundant and varied wildlife, and great fishing and hunting. The weather is mild, and the island community lives a quiet lifestyle shaped by the seasons. Summer is the busiest time, from fish harvesting to berry gathering.
When visitors also get a chance to spend time with the people of Kake – at a potluck, community celebration or even a short tour of the Kake Totem Pole or historic cannery –they will find a generous hospitality that also has its roots in Native tradition.