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Sealaska Historic Sites Research Papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Working files, 1970s-1980s.

Research files, 1970s-1980s.

Handwritten transcriptions of Sealaska Historic Sites Interview recordings.

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Sealaska Historic Sites Research Papers, 1965-1983 | Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives

By Zachary R. Jones, Archivist

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Collection Overview

Title: Sealaska Historic Sites Research Papers, 1965-1983Add to your cart.

ID: MS/023

Primary Creator: Worl, Rosita

Other Creators: Smythe, Charles W.

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Subjects: Haida Indians--History., Tlingit Indians--History.

Languages: Tlingit, English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of the research papers of anthropologists Rosita Worl and Chuck Smythe relating to their work for Sealaska Corporation and its effort during the 1970s and 1980s to locate, protect, and preserve historic and sacred sites in Southeast Alaska. Much of this effort was connected to 14(h)(1) legislation for the Conveyance of Cemetery Sites and Historical Places as outlined by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. These efforts also generated cultural information about the historic habitation of the Tlingit and Haida people throughout Southeast Alaska. The sites that Sealaska worked to document and protect with this project included historic village settlements—both permanent and seasonal settlement sites, cemetery or grave sites, sacred sites of cultural value, Petroglyphs/Pictographs, subsistence sites, forts and battle areas, and other sites that are of special interest. This collection is subject to restrictions that seek to protect historic sites and their locations.

Boxes 1-2 contain working and research files, which are comprised of correspondence, notes, transcribed oral history recordings, copies of 18th and 19th century European exploration diaries, and other that document the work and research the Corporation through Worl and Smythe undertook to document the sites in question.

Box 3 contains handwritten transcriptions of Sealaska Historic Sites interview recordings. Currently, the original recordings for these transcriptions are not in the collection. The transcriptions are of six different tapes interviewing four people. One is dated to 1965, while the rest are undated. The interviews contain information on geographical locations and the oral histories associated with them. The interviews are mostly in Tlingit, with little English translation.

RESTRICTIONS: Researchers should know that this collection is not open to the general public, since these materials contain information about 14(h)1 sites. To prevent further vandalism to these sites, only researchers with reasonable cause are allowed to examine these materials.

Biographical Note

<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Rosita Worl, whose Tlingit names areYeidiklatsókw and Kaa háni, is Tlingit, Ch'áak' (Eagle) moiety of the Shangukeidí (Thunderbird) Clan from the Kawdliyaayi Hít (House Lowered From the Sun) in Klukwan.Yeidiklats'okw serves as the President of Sealaska Heritage Institute. She is an anthropologist and for many years served as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alaska Southeast.Yeidiklats'okw has a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Anthropology from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Alaska Methodist University. </span><span lang="EN" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 12.727272033691406px;"><font face="Arial" size="2">She also holds an honorary doctor of sciences degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. </font></span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Dr. Worl has received many honors and works with several different Native organizations. She is an accomplished lecturer and author.</span>

Subject/Index Terms

Haida Indians--History.
Tlingit Indians--History.

Administrative Information

Repository: Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives

Access Restrictions: Restrictions: Restricted to the public to protect the integrity of 14(h)1 sites, but access can be granted to those with reasonable reason for inquiry. Contact the archivist for further information.

Acquisition Method: The materials in this collection were obtained by SHI prior to 2007 and found amid unprocessed SHI operational records in 2010. Accession # 2010.006.

Related Materials: Some recordings associated with these materials have been cataloged as distinct SHI collections, see MC 37 and 41.

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Contains copies of published journal entries of early European explorers, scholarly papers presented on archeological sites, and draft papers on archeological sites.

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