Roadtrippin': The last traditional Haida longhouse in Alaska

Published: May. 11, 2017 at 8:21 PM AKDT
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On Prince of Wales Island, the village of Kasaan is home to what residents describe as the last remaining traditional Haida longhouse, known as the Whale House.

The Whale House is estimated to have been built in 1880, restored in 1940, and restored again by a team of four carvers in 2016.

“To Prince of Wales Island, native and non-native alike, this is one of those special places,” said president of the Organized Village of Kasaan Fred Olsen. “It's like the heart of the Haida people, certainly the Kasaan Haida's, and to have it restored is such a blessing.”

Watch the video of Roadtrippin’ Alaska to learn more on the Whale House of Kasaan.