Chief Shakes House

A comprehensive exploration of Chief Shakes House, originally constructed in the early 1800s and subsequently rebuilt and rededicated in 2013. This film explores the cultural, historical, and community significance of this landmark through the perspectives of three individuals: Tlingit elder Virginia Oliver, Jessica Whitaker, and Esther Reese.

This film was created at The Stories of the Land film and storytelling workshop in Wrangell, Alaska in the Spring of 2023. Stories of the Land included 7th and 8th grade students at Stikine Middle School. They worked to document and tell stories reflecting the long and varied relationships people have had with the land and water around Wrangell, on the traditional lands of the Shtax’héen Kwáan. This project was funded by KTOO through the Youth Cultural Heritage Program (AK State Council on the Arts and Rasmuson Foundation), Crossett Foundation and ASCA Workshop Grant.

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Land Acknowledgement

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