Woosh.Jee.Een Pulling Together - The Xunaa Cultural Heritage Center and Museum

  • Sunday, October 9, 2022
  • 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm


Lucy Fowler Williams, Associate Curator in Charge and Senior Keeper of American Collections, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Penn Museum
Mary Beth Moss, Cultural Anthropologist, National Park Service; Richard Franko, Partner and FAIA Member, Mithun, Inc.


Robert “Bob” Starbard, CEO and Tribal Administrator, Hoonah Indian Association


  • Indigenous

The Hoonah Indian Association (HIA) is creating a new Xunaa Cultural Heritage Center and Museum (XCHCM) for community cultural activities, museum and interpretive experiences and tribal administration offices, in Hoonah Alaska. The development of the Museum is connected to evolving relationships with the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Tlingit Louis Shotridge Collection, and the National Parks Service (NPS) stewardship of Glacier Bay National Park. NPS and the University of Pennsylvania both have ongoing dialogues with the HIA on collaboration, research, reclaiming rights and the repatriation of artifacts. These partnerships are a forward-thinking approach to the creation of a new museum environment for site, building and exhibits to tell the Xunaa Tlingit story.