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Work Should Start Soon on Tlingit Tribal House
Bids will go out this winter to build a tribal house in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
JUNEAU- Bids will go out this winter to build a tribal house in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
Glacier Bay is the former Southeast home of four Huna Tlingit clans until ice began advancing about 5,000 years ago. The Tlingit people moved and built new villages, including the largest, Hoonah, about 30 miles southeast.
After ice receded, the area became a national park and not open to resettlement.
Master carver Gordon Greenwald, a retired Hoonah shop and art teacher, is leading the carving effort. He says the design will represent the four clans as best as they can.
Bids will be let this winter and construction should start on the $4 million project in the park's Bartlett Cove area next spring. Completion is scheduled for 2016.