Alaska Native Voices

As the traditional homeland of the Huna Tlingit people, the story of Glacier Bay is rich with human history, tradition and stories that continue to be passed on generation to generation.  Huna Totem Corporation’s Alaska Native Voices program works to expand this tradition by sharing this connection to Glacier Bay through interpretation.  Native Cultural Heritage Guides board cruise vessels visiting Glacier Bay and provide interpretive and educational programs which include lectures, storytelling, singing, personal interaction and displays of traditional art, tools and craftsmanship.  Guides share their deeply personal connections to with visitors from all over the world.

Guides share their personal experiences, clan and family traditions as well as historic use of the area. Visitors witness and discuss where and how traditional activities would have taken place and where resources were traditionally harvested and utilized through first-hand exposure and interpretive displays. This use is also contrasted with contemporary influences and the effect that these influences have had on their culture and way of life. Visitors are exposed to traditions and methods which have sustained the Huna Tlingit culture and how these methods continue to reflect lessons of sustainability and respectful use of the land to this day. The connections between modern experiences and lifestyles are contrasted with traditional methods as a means of providing a greater connection between cultures and the experiences they share in common. 

Through this interpretive program, cultural preservation is encouraged by perpetuating and expanding knowledge of tradition, language, song and art among the interpreters and community members as well as with visitors. Through this sharing comes a greater sense of knowledge and ownership of Tlingit Culture and tradition which in turn strengthens the community as a whole and assures that this is passed on for coming generations to embrace.

Huna Totem Corporation has agreements with Holland America Line, Lindblad Expeditions, and Alaskan Dream Cruises to provide cultural interpretation onboard vessels sailing into Glacier Bay National Park in Southeast Alaska. Visitors to Glacier Bay can also explore Native culture through a series of programs and lectures offered each month at Glacier Bay Lodge .  Cultural Heritage Guides interact with visitors and provide them with an historical and cultural view of the ties the Huna people have to Sít’ Eeti Geeyi (Glacier Bay).

Huna Totem Corporation has received great reviews for this unique program. Our Cultural Heritage Guides have received certification from the National Association for Interpretation and provide an authentic insight into the spiritual and cultural significance of their traditional homeland.

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Please see our new Interpretive Services Brochure to learn more about our Cultural Interpretive Services program.


Native Voices of Glacier Bay


See below for a taste of our Interpretive Services video - new in 2010!

Watch the Interpretive Services Video


Meet our Cultural Heritage Guides!

Bertha Franulovich has been sharing the stories of Glacier Bay as a Cultural Heritage Guide for 6 years. Bertha was born in Hoonah and has a lifetime of memories of Glacier Bay and it brings her great joy to share these experiences and discover new connections each time she travels up-bay.

Alice Haldane has been a Cultural Heritage Guide in Glacier Bay for 4 years. A fluent Tlingit speaker, she was born in Hoonah and has very personal ties to Glacier Bay. As a talented story teller and singer, Alice enjoys sharing her ancestral homeland through story, song, and personal connections with visitors.

Victoria Johnson has been a Cultural Heritage Guide in Glacier Bay for 7 years. She is also a specialist for the Indian Studies Program in Juneau public schools where she educates children in language, art, foods, song, and stories. Victoria is a talented singer and drummer.

Faith Grant has been sharing the stories and history of the Huna Tlingit as a Cultural Heritage Guide in Glacier Bay since 2007. Growing up in Hoonah and working on fishing boats for over 20 years, has provided Faith with a perspective of Glacier Bay and Southeast Alaska that few can know. She also is skilled in spruce root, red cedar and raven’s tail weaving and creates intricate bead work, porcupine quill jewelry and gumboot earrings. 

Irene Lampe served as a Cultural Heritage Guide during 2007 and 2008.  She has returned to share her knowledge and expertise with guest visitors concerning the Huna Tlingit people's connection and relationship to the land and water.  Irene has studied with master artists in Tlingit language, storytelling, song, dance, Northwest Coast design, Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving, cedar bark and spruce root weaving, and the making of bentwood boxes and moccasins.