Thirteen years ago, master carver Wayne Price of Haines had a vision in a sweat lodge.
“The Creator told me to create a healing dugout and a healing totem,” he said. He gestured to the wood chips piled at least two feet deep around the 40-foot dugout in Hoonah. “This one has been dedicated — it’s a healing dugout for Hoonah.”
It’s also a way for the Huna Tlingit to make their ceremonial return to Glacier Bay, and it’s the beginning of a movement the carvers, and the people supporting the project, hope will continue in Hoonah and other communities in the years to come.