History & Culture

What is Culture?

Culture is comprised of those beliefs, social structures, customs, traditions, and material traits specific to a group of people that make each group unique.

Many groups of people contribute to the rich cultural tapestry of Alaska. Because of their close relationship with the forests since time immemorial, Alaska Natives have special significance in any study of the Tongass and Chugach National Forests.

The history, or chronological record of events that have occurred on the lands that are now the Tongass and Chugach, is also important in a study of the Forests.

Learn More!

Visit the State of Alaska Office of History and Archaeology website to access a variety of documents related to these topics.



Killer Whale totem and Forest Service Ranger Boat 10 at old Kasaan Village on Prince of Wales Island, August 1941