NEWS_SHI to sponsor lecture on origin, migration of Tlingit Kaagwaantaan

NEWS_SHI to sponsor lecture on origin, migration of Tlingit Kaagwaantaan

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Kathy Dye
Kathy Dye
Published On: December 22nd, 2020

Lecture part of Native American Heritage Month

October 25, 2018

(Lecturer Biographies) (Flyer)

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) next week will sponsor a talk by David Kanosh, who will share oral accounts of the origin and migration of the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan in recognition of Native American Heritage Month.

Kanosh, of the Deisheetaan clan, grew up listening to both his maternal and paternal grandparents telling the stories in English and Tlingit. He is sharing the oral histories at the invitation of the Sitka Kaagwaantaan. Kanosh will be accompanied by Sitka Kaagwaantaan Clan Leader Nels Lawson, whose presence will ensure that social and spiritual balance are maintained.

The lecture is scheduled at noon on Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Living History Room at the Walter Soboleff Building in Juneau. The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. 


Kanosh is from the Shdéen Hít (Steel House) of the Deisheetaan clan. His Tlingit names are Kaajisti.Eesh and Yookis’kookéik. Kanosh is a Child of the Kaagwaantaan after his father William Kanosh, whose Tlingit name is Daalgeink’ of the Ch’áak’ Kudi Hít (Eagle Nest House) in Sitka.

Lawson is the clan leader of the Sitka Kaagwaantaan and from the Kéet Hít in Klukwan. His Tlingit names are Naa Íxt’ Éesh, Kadánjaa, Goochdaa and Kudeinahaa.

SHI will sponsor lectures and events all month in November. The second lecture is scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Its goal is to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. SHI also conducts social scientific and public policy research that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars, a Native Artist Committee and a Southeast Regional Language Committee.

CONTACT: Amy Fletcher, SHI Media and Publications Director, 907.586.9116,

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