Hoonah, Alaska on Chichagof Island is approximately 35-40 air miles from the state capital of Juneau. Hoonah is the largest Tlingit village in Southeast Alaska. The Native people of Hoonah, the Huna Tlingit, are descendants of the original inhabitants of Glacier Bay and surrounding environs who migrated to Hoonah following a significant glacial advance that destroyed their traditional villages and summer camps within the Bay. Today, Hoonah supports a population of 760 persons, approximately 60% of whom are Alaska Native/American Indian (predominantly Tlingit). Approximately 29% of the population is younger than 18, 10% is between the ages of 18 and 24, 26% is between the ages of 25 and 44, 27% is between the ages of 45 and 64, and 8% are 65 years of age or older (U.S. Census Bureau 2000). As Southeast communities go, Hoonah has a diverse set of opportunities to generate money and opportunity. Local citizens and governments benefit from a thriving cruise-ship tourist industry (106 ships scheduled in 2018), an active fishing port with processing, and employment opportunities through the City of Hoonah, Hoonah City Schools, Hoonah Indian Association, and SEARHC Clinic.
The diversity of Hoonah creates a lot of opportunity for the Community Catalyst Position. Ian Johnson, Community Catalyst, is generally working towards workforce development, youth engagement in natural resources, food sovereignty and security through building a greenhouse, and energy costs and savings.
Check out some of our ongoing collaborative projects in Hoonah, Alaska.
The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership (HNFP)
The Hoonah Native Forest Partnership (HNFP) is a science-based, landscape scale, community forest approach to watershed planning and project implementation whose overall goal is to achieve a measurable and resilient blend of timber, salmon and deer production, local economic diversification and improved watershed health.
The overall goal of the HNFP is to achieve a measurable and resilient blend of timber, salmon and deer production, local economic diversification and improved watershed health. The HNFP is one of southeast Alaska’s premiere all-lands, all-hands initiatives and our hopes is that this effort can be used as a model for other areas in the region.
Shellfish and Ocean Acidification Monitoring
It is our goal to keep our subsistence shellfish users safe and to monitor the ocean for changes related to climate change. Shellfish monitoring provides a service to the community to ensure that local shellfish, a key subsistence resource, are safe for consumption. Our phytoplankton and Ocean Acidification monitoring builds on our understanding of the impact of climate and changes in the ocean as waters warm and CO2 levels increase. This work is ongoing and is done in partnership with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research partnership.
Hoonah Home Energy Leadership Program
Hoonah pays some of the highest electric costs in Southeast Alaska and reductions in energy use can provide windfall savings for homeowners. The primary program objective is to reduce household energy consumption in high energy cost communities in Southeast Alaska through energy conservation education and energy efficiency upgrades. A secondary objective is to build knowledge and capacity by training Energy Leaders in rural communities. This work begins in January 2018 and ends July 2018 and is facilitated by the Renewable Energy Alaska Project and Southeast Conference.
Written by Katie Gannon, Spruce Root Click to meet Anthem Seafoods and learn about Spruce Root and their loan program. Amid the coastal mountains, immense glaciers, and lush rainforests of Alaska’s Icy Strait sits the Tlingit village of Hoonah nestled on the coast of...
Written by Peter Forbes Imagine a long-distance runner, without a watch, crossing mountain ranges, passing through villages, people occasionally cheering them along, but mostly alone confronting obstacles on the ground and in their mind, always running toward an...
Written and photographed by Bethany Goodrich for Alaska Business Monthly Dennis Gray Jr. sets his fishing gear with a calm and practiced rhythm in the Gulf of Alaska, south of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. “My ancestors have fished these waters...