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NEWS_SHI to sponsor lecture on history of the T’akdeintaan clan

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Free event to be offered in-person, virtually

Nov. 17, 2022

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will sponsor a free lecture next week on the history of the T’aḵdeintaan clan.

The lecture will be given by Tlingit Ken Kaax̱ḵaatuklag̱é Grant, who is the spokesperson for the clan and the chair of SHI’s Council of Traditional Scholars.

Through the talk, Grant will explore the history and the clan crests owned by the T’aḵdeintaan. Grant is from Hoonah, and many Native residents there trace their ancestry to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, which was their homeland until an advancing glacier displaced them.

Grant, as a clan member of the T’aḵdeintaan, carries the oral histories of the clan, and he also worked for many years for the National Park Service in Glacier Bay.

The lecture is scheduled for 12 pm, Tuesday, Nov. 22, in Shuká Hít within SHI’s Walter Soboleff Building, 105 S. Seward St. in Juneau. The lecture will be livestreamed and posted on SHI’s YouTube channel.

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: Kathy Dye, SHI Communications and Publications Deputy Director, 907.321.4636,

Caption: Photo of Ken Grant by Nobu Koch, courtesy of Sealaska Heritage Institute. Note: news outlets are welcome to use this photo for coverage of this story. For a higher-res version, contact