After dry spell, Alaska's only Indian reservation welcomes back cruise ship tourists - Tourists looking for an offbeat adventure are finding it in Metlakatla, the nation's only Tsimshian village and one that's suddenly on the map for at least two tour companies in Southeast Alaska.
Metlakatla, Alaska is a community of Tsimshian people who followed a missionary of the Anglican Church of England, Mr. William Duncan to a new home in the United States of America from their previous home in British Columbia, Canada. The United States Congress granted recognition to the new community in 1891 by creating the Annette Islands Reserve, a federal Indian reservation. Today it is the only reservation in the State of Alaska.
In the late 1950s, after decades of forced assimilation and disempowerment, Native peoples began to demand their sovereign rights. Today, Native leaders look forward to a revitalized future. During the 1950s a revival of totem pole carving, which had declined at the end of the last century, emerged, and continues today. This Tsimshian totem pole was raised at Metlakatla, Alaska, in 1994.