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.
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