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30 Facts About Tlingit Art, Culture & the History of Alaska’s Native Tribes

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There are few places you can travel in the United States where the indigenous culture is quite so prevalent as it is in Southeast Alaska. 

Pretty much everywhere we went during our 8-day small ship cruise of the Inside Passage, the art and cultural traditions of Alaska’s Tlingit people were a near-constant presence.

This was in large part because the company through which we booked our cruise, AdventureSmith Explorations, recommended we travel with local tour operator Alaskan Dream Cruises on their 8-day Last Frontier Adventure.

The family-owned company is run by Alaska natives; our expedition leader, Joe, was a Tlingit man active in tribal leadership; there was a Tlingit storyteller brought in for our welcome dinner at Orca Point Lodge; and our

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