David Katzeek

David Katzeek, photo credit Sealaska Heritage Institute

David Katzeek, photo credit Sealaska Heritage Institute

"Today, being Tlingit has been narrowed down to our clans and our families.  But the most important thing our children need to learn is that we are human beings." 

David Katzeek was born in Klukwan, Alaska in November 1942. He moved to Juneau in 1948 and is a respected Tlingit elder and educator. He is the former President of Sealaska Heritage Foundation and leader of the Shangukeidi clan. 

"It's powerful when you see a principal, superintendent, and teachers at a totem pole raising, or starting dancing when they hear Tlingit music. 
We’re coming together in the schools."

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