Cultural Heritage Center
Once constructed, the Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center and Bald Eagle Observatory will feature a museum that offers the following:
Display of Artifacts:
The museum will display the many treasured artworks in the Village, and those that are currently stored in other museum facilities. Among these are several artifacts that have already been returned to Klukwan through the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), and various works of art, and historically significant pieces that have been designated by families and clans.
Storage of Artifacts:
There have been many artifacts from Klukwan that have been lost to fire, theft, and deterioration throughout the years. The museum will offer protection from fire, theft, and environmental threats for precious clan items that clan leaders, who for one reason or another, would not like them to be on display.
Arts and Crafts Studio:
There are a significant number of native artists and crafts people who live in the village. These individuals will have a permanent workspace in the facility with adequate storage facilities for materials and equipment.
Replica Tribal House:
This portion of the facility will be a modified version of a Chilkat Long House that will house the collection of artifacts remaining in the village and those returned via the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
Eagle Viewing Corridor:
The facility will be located along the Chilkat River within easy viewing range of abundant eagle activity.
The JKHC website is updated regularly with progressive photos as the Heritage Center is being built. Visit their Image Galleries for the most recent photos.