Demise of Tlingit Natives
By Don Hoff Jr.
September 16, 2008
If only Alaskan Native Tlingits in Southeast Alaska spent only
half the time learning Tlingit culture, our traditions and our
history, instead of wasting our time learning about Non-Native
Gods and churches. We would know what Clan, Tribe and house
we belong to. We would be better off in today's society.
Look today at the divisions caused by religion amongst Tlingits
in your villages. It is not just Tlingits, I see divisions amongst
Haidas and Tsimshians people, and I will not speak for them.
We have 141 years of history that shows the demise of our Tlingit
Culture, caused by Non-Natives brainwashing and assimilation
by Non-Natives that God is the way. Non-Native religion has
single handedly exterminated Tlingit Culture as we knew it.
Sure we know bits and pieces, but we should know our Clans, Houses,
Language, History, Protocol and Tribe. Do you know where your
Tlingit origins came from? Do you have a Tlingit name? Do you
know your Clan? Do you know your Tribe? Is your Clan House
or Tribe discussing problems in your village? Do you think that
Sealaska Corporation is a Tribe and represents your Clan? Are
you happy with your life? If you can't answer one of these questions
it was caused by Non-Natives ramming religion down our throats
and trying their best to assimilate us into Western Society and
a way they stole our Tlingit lands and all our natural resources
in the name of religion.
I was brought up Catholic in Ketchikan, even in my young life
with that church I didn t believe any stories they were teaching,
even though I didn't know why. What a waste of time in my life.
No more. I will continue to studying and learning about my Clan
and passing it down to my Gaanax adi Clan family.
The conclusion I came up with is Tlingit People need to stop
going to Non-Native churches and practice Non-Native religion.
If it is fellowship that you as a Tlingit require then it is
to hang out with your Native brothers and sisters of your Clan
and Tribe. Your obligation is to your Tribe and not a Non-Native
religion or church.
I will not kneel down to any Non-Native religion from this day
forward. My Tlingit name is Aan Kadax Tseen (means a happy man
in a village), I am from the Gaanax adi Clan, and I am from the
Raven House /Drifting to Shore House. I am Taan Ta Kwaan (Sealion
People). Start your Enlightenment period of your new life as
a Tlingit person.
This is my own opinion.
Gunalcheesh ho ho.
Don Hoff Jr.
Aan Kadax Tseen
Gaanax adi Clan
Taan ta Kwaan
About: " Indigenous to
all the Ketchikan area. Former City Councilman/Vice Mayor-City
of Ketchikan. Boardmember of K.P.U. Former O.S.H.A. Boardmember/Chairman-State
of Alaska. Former I.R.A Councilman-Ketchikan Indian Community.
Received September 12, 2008
- Published September 16, 2008
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