Collected stories that can be read, shared, or even printed and saved.

Kavilco President Louis L. Jones, Sr. Rest In Peace 1937 To 2023

Louis Laird Jones, Sr., 86 years old, of Kasaan, Alaska, passed away surrounded by family in Ketchikan on November 22, 2023. Louis, also known as “Louie,” “Poppy,” and later known as “Cha” by his grand and great-grandchildren, was born on October 26, 1937. His boarding school experiences include attending grade...
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Louis A. Thompson

Louis A. Thompson (1936-2014), President and CEO of Kavilco Incorporated for 42 years, was born and raised in Kasaan, Alaska. He was given two Haida names: Xie´n Skinai, which comes from Daxién Skinai, “owner of a large bay,” and La´na Kíngel, “the chief that looks at his village.” Louie, as...
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Náay I’waans / Chief Son-I-Hat’s Whale House and Totem Park

A Joint Project with Kavilco Incorporated and the Organized Village of Kasaan Chief Son-I-Hat Whale House/Náay I´waans, arguably the most valuable cultural asset in the Village of Kasaan, is critically in need of repairs and restoration. The house has deteriorated to the extent that the building exterior enclosure, including walls and...
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Gásaáan Xaadas Guusuu Project (Kasaan Haida Elders Speak)

Julia Coburn - August 2010 In 2001, KHHF developed a project entitled "Gásaáan Xaadas Guusuu" or "Kasaan Haida Elders Speak," in order to gather and preserve the oral testimonies of seven remaining Kasaan Haida Elders. After receiving a grant from Alaska Humanities Forum, we conducted a...
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Relationship with Rayonier

Kavilco’s contract with Rayonier concluded on December 31, 2001. To commemorate that association we have collected information from Kavilco’s records and Rayonier’s website to create the story of the 23-year relationship. Like many long-term relationships, there have been ups and downs, but everyone would agree, it was profitable. Rayonier started...
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The Watchman

From 2006 - 2014 Board meetings and annual meetings were opened and closed with this hand carved Watchman inspired by traditional Haida totems. It represents the spirits keeping an eye on proceedings to make sure the right things get done. Symbolically, watchmen kept an eye out for friends returning from a...
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