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Totems Historic District 2017-06-05T15:38:38+00:00
  • Outdoor Totem Park
  • Náay Í’waans | Chief Son-i-Hat Whale House
  • Original House Posts
  • Pristine beaches
  • Guided Tribal Tours available

A short history of Kasaan and Náay Í’waans

Chief Son-i-Hat (1829-1912), of the Yáadaas clan (Eagle moiety), became one of the wealthiest of the Haida chiefs. Son-i-Hat (Kóyongxung) built Náay I’waans (The Great House) around 1880 and lived there until his death in 1912.

Náay I’waans got the nickname “Whale House” from the stories conveyed on its original interior house posts.

Between 1938 and 1940, the Civilian Conservation Corps program reconstructed the Whale House and created a nearby totem park, using totem poles from Old Kasaan (Gasa’aan, “pretty town” or “beautiful village”).

The National Register of Historic Places listed the “Chief Son-i-Hat Whale House and Totems Historic District” in 2002.

We offer two options to explore this historic park

Self Guided:
The public are welcome to visit and explore this unique park. Enjoy the park, culture and beaches on your own time.

Tribal Tours:
Allow us to give you an insider’s view of this part of Alaska’s history and culture. Our guided Tribal Tours include personal narration by a knowledgeable member of the Haida Nation.

Call us at: 907.617.3386

Or email: Amanda@Kasaan.org

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