September 25, 2008
The communities of Klawock and Craig will host the commemoration Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27. Tribal leaders and elders, along with hundreds of guests will honor and welcome home their ancestor, referred to as Shuká Kaa, the "Man ahead of us," over the two days.
The remains were discovered in 1996 during archaeological inspections in a small cave on Prince of Wales, within the Tongass National Forest. Mitochondrial DNA testing identified the young man as Native American. The remains were returned to the tribes in a separate ceremony last summer, and will be permanently interred in a private tribal location.
Secretary Schafer will arrive on Prince of Wales Friday, along with Alaska Regional Forester Denny Bschor from Juneau and Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole from Ketchikan. The group will tour historic and important tribal locations, and will also participate in the community dinner and ceremonies that evening.
The homecoming ceremony will
mark the end of a long journey for Shuká Kaa, and highlights
the productive government-to-government partnership that has
developed between the tribal governments and the Alaska Region
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