ANNETTE ISLAND, Alaska -- Small-ship operator Cruise West said it
will offer several Inside Passage itineraries this year that will
call at Metlakatla, a Native Tsimshian village on this island near
Founded in 1887 by Tsimshians who moved there from British
Columbia, the village is the only Native community in Alaska that
holds the status of Federal Indian Reservation.
The village's approximately 1,500 residents support themselves
primarily through fishing; salmon and halibut canning, and
subsistence hunting and gathering of such creatures as clams,
waterfowl and seaweed.
Cruise West said its four-hour tours will be escorted by a local
Tsimshian guide. Passengers will visit the Native-owned fishpacking
company, the Fr. William Duncan Cottage Museum, the village
longhouse for a traditional dance performance and the community
hall, where local artists display their work.
William Duncan was a Scottish-born missionary who helped several
hundred Tsimshian people during their move in 1887 from a
settlement in British Columbia after a fallout with church
authorities there. His cabin, with many of its original furnishings
still inside, became a museum after his death in 1918.
Cruise West voyages that feature Metlakatla include eight-night
Inside Passage cruise-tours from Juneau or Victoria, and
eight-night voyages between Ketchikan and Juneau. An 11-night
Spirit of Oceanus cruise between Victoria and Prince William Sound
also includes a tour of Metlakatla.
For prices, additional information or reservations, call (800)
426-7702 or visit the company's Web site at www.cruisewest.com.