Around 17,000 Tlingit still reside in the state today, mostly in urban and port areas of Southeastern Alaska (with a smaller-but- still -significant population in the Northwest). They continue carrying on their own rich traditions while actively participating in Alaska’s present-day culture and commerce.
Tlingit artists are known for their basket weaving, totem poles, and their exceptional Chilkat robes and other weavings.
The food that the Tlingit tribe ate included their staple diet of fish supplemented by wapato (Indian Potato ) greens, seeds and berries. The women also pressed the rich oil from the eulachon ( candlefish ) and used large amounts of this oil as a dip for their food.
What did they wear? The Tlingit men wore breechcloths, and the women wore short skirts made of cedar bark. If they lived where the weather was colder, the women wore longer deerskin dresses, and the men wore pants with moccasins attached.
In the Tlingit language, there is no traditional word for ” hello ” or “goodbye.” “How are you?” is “Wáa sá iyatee?” in Tlingit.
The lowest individual dividend payout was $331.29 in 1984 and the highest was $2,072 in 2015. However, in 2008 Governor Sarah Palin signed Senate Bill 4002 that used revenues generated from the state’s natural resources and provided a one-time special payment of $1,200 to every Alaskan eligible for the PFD.
The Tlingit population numbers 16,771.
The total Tlingit population in Alaska is about 10,000 in 16 communities with about 500 speakers of the language. Tlingit is one branch of the Athabascan-Eyak- Tlingit language family. Common Expressions.
|tsu yéi ikḵwasateen||see you later|
In 1802, Chief Katlia of Sitka successfully forced the post to defect. The Russians, however, soon reclaimed the land, much to the resistance of local Tlingit. As the Americans attempted to purge their newly-purchased land in the mid 1800s, one half of the Tlingit population was eradicated by diseases such as smallpox.
The Eastern Woodlands Indians developed myriad ways of using natural resources year-round. Materials ranged from wood, vegetable fiber, and animal hides to copper, shells, stones, and bones. Most of the Eastern Woodlands Indians relied on agriculture, cultivating the “three sisters”—corn, beans, and squash.
Native Americans built their own homes from grasses, and they used twigs, branches, and mud and clay. A typical Eastern Woodland Indians’ village had 30-60 houses plus a meeting houses.
The culture of the Tlingit, an Indigenous people from Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon, is multifaceted, a characteristic of Northwest Coast peoples with access to easily exploited rich resources. In Tlingit culture a heavy emphasis is placed upon family and kinship, and on a rich tradition of oratory.
A totem pole or monumental pole is a tall structure created by Northwest Coast Indigenous peoples that showcases a nation’s, family’s or individual’s history and displays their rights to certain territories, songs, dances and other aspects of their culture. Totem poles can also be used as memorials and to tell stories.
In some Tlingit legends, animals appear before people in human form and may even marry them and raise families. The bear teaches her the ritual observances for its proper killing, which she brings back to her human community.
The climate is temperate and humid. The forests are populated with animal life and seas are bountiful as well. The Tlingit Indians survived by fishing, hunting, and gathering.