|Tongass Island early 1800's|
On Sunday, July 17, the HOFF girls (Audrey, Erica, Lisa and me), Lisa's husband Scott and Don's brothers Kenny and Ken will board a chartered float plane to Tongass Island. An Island that is not exactly easy to get to! I know that Don is having a great big laugh when I was trying to figure out how to get there! I thought it was a hop, skip and jump to get there ... NOPE, it is a 1.5 hr float plane ride to this uninhabited island.
The reason Don chose Tongass Island is because it is his Tlingit ancestral land. He always felt a connection to it and when we used to talk about running away from reality he always suggested moving to Tongass Island and subsist off the land. I always laughed at the idea ... ME, subsist off the land. I am city girl! But, now Don will forever be a part of Tongass Island just as his ancestors are. It will be very powerful being on this island. I don't know how we will spread his ashes there, I think some things you can't plan and they just have to happen. But we will have Don's raven drum and will sing a song. I feel so good in my heart that we are doing this. The time is right.
I will include some pictures after we return from Alaska and I am sure will have a powerful story to tell.
MUCH LOVE, Susie
Here is some additional information I found on Tongass Island:
In the 1830's, members of the Tlingit nation's Tongass Tribe, or Tantakwaan, moved to Tongass Island from nearby Village and Cat Islands. A permanent village was established at the site of earlier Tlingit encampments.
Three clans inhabited the village: the Ganax.adi (Raven clan); Teikweidi (Eagle, Brown Bear); and Dakla'weldi (Eagle, Killer Whale). Each clan was represented by several house groups. The Ganax.adi had 8 houses, Teikweidi 6 and Dakla'weidi 3 houses. Click here to read more.
Here is an editorial Don wrote to Sitnews regarding Tongass Island -- click HERE. Boy that man loved to write editorials!
|1887 Tongass Island|