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What did the Tlingit live in?

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Asked by: Jillian Jones

The Tlingits lived in rectangular cedar-plank houses with bark roofs. Usually these houses were large (up to 100 feet long) and each one housed several familes from the same clan (as many as 50 people.)

Where did do the Tlingit Indians live?

Tlingit, northernmost of the Northwest Coast Indians of North America, living on the islands and coastal lands of southern Alaska from Yakutat Bay to Cape Fox.

What was the land like in the Tlingit?

The region is a stunning mountainous landscape crisscrossed by miles of rivers, streams, fjords, and shoreline. It is also host to one of the few temperate rainforests in the world. In Tlingit, the word Aaní means homeland.

Where did the Tlingit settle?

However, it is not disputed that the Tlingit settled along Southeast Alaska thousands of years ago. For these many years, they lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, subsisting off of the abundant Alaskan wildlife in a fashion few still continue today.

When did the Tlingit live?

Human culture with elements related to the Tlingit originated around 10,000 years ago near the mouths of the Skeena and Nass Rivers. The historic Tlingit’s first contact with Europeans came in 1741 with Russian explorers. Spanish explorers followed in 1775.

What did the Tlingit wear?

What did they wear? The Tlingit men wore breechcloths, and the women wore short skirts made of cedar bark. If they lived where the weather was colder, the women wore longer deerskin dresses, and the men wore pants with moccasins attached.

How did Tlingit and Haida organize their winter villages?

Most villages had a single row of houses facing the water and some had two or more rows of houses. Each group had at least one permanent winter village with various seasonal camps usually close to food and other resources.

What was Tlingit armor made of?

Tlingit fighters dressed in body armor made of wooden slats or rods, under which they wore thick vests of moose, elk, or sea lion hide. The hardwood slats of this armor are bound together with nettle fiber.

How did the Tlingit hunt for food?

The primary staple of the Tlingit diet, salmon was traditionally caught using a variety of methods. The most common was the fishing weir or trap to restrict movement upstream. These traps allowed hunters to easily spear a good amount of fish with little effort.

Where did the Tlingit Haida and Chinook live?

Southeast Alaska

Each clan is made up of clan houses. The Haida people and Tlingit people have always lived on these sacred and wondrous lands and waters of Southeast Alaska as the original occupants and guardians.

How do you pronounce Tlingit?

Break ‘tlingit’ down into sounds: [TLIN] + [GIT] – say it out loud and exaggerate the sounds until you can consistently produce them.

What did the Tlingit tribe do for fun?

Dancing regalia of the Chilkat Tlingits gathered at a potlatch in Klukwan, circa 1900. Dance, for the Tlingit people, is a means of expression and communication, and a form of enjoyment. It is a major potlatch activity, or, as in the old days, it could be an impromptu performance around the evening fire.

What do the Tlingit call themselves?

During formal introductions, Tlingits identify themselves by their clans, kwáans, and houses. Before the Tsimshian arrived in Southeast Alaska, they had a moiety system. Today they call them phratries rather than moieties.

Who was the keeper of the house in a Tlingit household?

The physical house itself would be first and foremost property of the clan, but the householders would be keepers of the house and all the material and non-material goods associated with it.

Is the Tlingit tribe still exist?

Around 17,000 Tlingit still reside in the state today, mostly in urban and port areas of Southeastern Alaska (with a smaller-but-still-significant population in the Northwest). They continue carrying on their own rich traditions while actively participating in Alaska’s present-day culture and commerce.