Opening May 2016! The newly constructed Jilkaat Kwan Cultural Center is the newest attraction in the Chilkat Valley. The facility is located 22 miles up the Haines Highway in the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan. In historic times, Klukwan was a thriving and prosperous village, due to the abundant salmon and smelt runs. Its villagers, who controlled the trade routes to the interior of Alaska and Canada, grew wealthy and commissioned fine works of totemic art. In fact, some of the finest examples of Native American art in North America were carved in this village. And you’ll find some of these works on display, most notably the famous Whale House artifacts. Local guides are eager to share their culture and stories with visitors. There’s also a replica tribal house, carving shed, and smoke house nearby.
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