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This land has been kept from its rightful owners for far too long. Restoring ownership would not only benefit the Alaska Native people of Haines, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Tenakee Springs and Wrangell, but it would give them an opportunity to steward their land once again and contribute to the local economy, thus supporting many other aspects of the community.
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Southeast Alaska Natives have always been a resourceful people. Dated petroglyphs indicate that the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian presence here is over 10,000 years old.
To sustain a vibrant culture in a place of harsh environments and dangers, the people had to take full advantage of what the land, water and community structure offered. This ancient community structure involved a network of trading resources amongst tribes. Inspired by petroglyphs found throughout Southeast Alaska, the Alaska Natives Without Land logo symbolically represents the land, water and the five landless communities of Haines, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Tenakee Springs and Wrangell. Both the colors and designs have significant meaning.
In the center of the logo, a single wavy line with five straight lines protruding from it represents a single canoe holding all five landless communities together in their struggle to receive recognition under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). In May 2007, this canoe petroglyph was discovered in the Misty Fjords National Monument, however the canoe had six lines protruding from the wavy line. These lines were interpreted to represent people. The color red symbolized life, goodness and good luck to the Southeast Natives.
Land and sea
Surrounding the five landless communities are blue and green formations of concentric circles and water lines representing the land and sea. Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people’s ties to the land and sea shape their way of life.