Village of Klukwan
Klukwan is a small, ancient, Alaska Native village positioned on the banks of the Chilkat River in Southeast Alaska. Located twenty-two miles north on the Haines Highway with connections to Haines, Haines Junction, Canada, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and the Continental United States. The name Klukwan is taken from the Tlingit phrase "Tlakw Aan" which literally means "Eternal Village." Local history tells us that Klukwan was originally settled many years ago by a group of Gaanaxteidi (Raven Clan) men and their Kaagwaantaan (Eagle Clan) wives.
The Village site was chosen because of the rich natural environment and the Chilkat Tlingits still preserve and live their heritage through their Tlingit language, rituals, stories, oral histories, and subsistence activities. They are a federally recognized tribe known as the Chilkat Indian Village (CIV). Opening the Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Center in 2016 was a commitment to share their culture with visitors through tours.