Reconnecting with a Cultural Past
Occasionally we have the privilege of journeying with a client as they rediscover and reconnect with their own culture and environment. During the past decade, we’ve worked with the Chilkaat Tribe to do just that.
The tribe’s new Cultural Heritage Center, which opened in 2016, houses a museum, classroom space and artifact restoration facility where they will restore and display priceless artifacts currently being repatriated after having been taken from native villages over a century ago. The Hospitality House, completed in 2011, includes a gathering, cooking, and eating space for tribal members, as well as eating space for visitors.
As funding is available, future phases will include paved a terrace to connect the space between the two buildings and a series of boardwalks will cantilever out over the adjacent Chilkaat River. These boardwalks will allow visitors an unobstructed view of the hundreds of bald eagles that descend in the late fall on the Chilkaat River, which due to nearby geothermal springs, stays relatively warm through the winter.