Nestled in Keku Strait on Kupreanof Island, sits the Tlingit village of Kake. Around 600 people are lucky enough to call this community with its inspiring landscape, unique history, and flourishing culture, home. Kake has a long history of living with local lands and waters. Most people hunt, fish and sustain their families with foods gathered by hand.
Check out what we’ve built together in Kake.
Keex’ Kwaan Community Forest Partnership
The KKCFP is a community-based approach to natural resource management that includes both public and private lands that surround the community of Kake. The goals of this project are to improve the productivity of local watersheds for traditional cultural use and commercial economic development while improving overall ecological resilience. The first field season of work was completed in 2019 and we are currently gearing up for 2020.
Keex’ Kwaan Culture Camp
This week-long camp brings community members and youth together to pass on skills and perpetuate a rich culture rooted in local abundance. In 2018, Kake celebrated Culture Camp’s 30th anniversary! Community volunteers, a long list of supporting partners and sponsors, and the Organized Village of Kake make this camp possible.
Kake Cannery Stabilization and Restoration
Thanks to a grant from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the work of the Organized Village of Kake and Diversified Diving Services/Harrison Builders (Ketchikan) this historical site is being stabilized and restored. Once complete, the Organized Village of Kake and community partners plan to take full advantage of the space. Local businesses, artists and restaurants will move in. Also, there will be a space for the community’s dancers! The restoration of this building marks a big step forward for the community’s economic development plan to bring small-scale, authentic tourism to Kake.
Above: Forest Service archaeologists Gina Esposito (left) and Jane Smith (right) showing the finished recording of one of the faces at the Sandy Beach Petroglyphs in Petersburg, AK. The actual carved petroglyphs are visible on the bedrock outcrop behind them By Gina...
Written by Courtney James, Chad Ward, Ethan Kadake, Brandon Ward, Bree Travica, and Audrey Clavijo Saturday On Saturday, July 11th we hosted the 2nd-Annual Kake Community Clean Up! A total of 31 local volunteers came out to help and together we 386.4 pounds of...
Written by Courtney James, Chad Ward, Ethan Kadake, Brandon Ward, Bree Travica, and Audrey Clavijo This week we did all sorts of activities including tree plot management, trail-building on Grave Island, water sampling, deer meat processing, and formline drawing....