Someone in Haines decided to decorate this beautiful little tree along the highway about 20 miles from town. The tree just sits there and shared joy. This reminded me of the movement called Random Acts of Kindness - which can be found on-line. Haines wasn't the only place that I saw decorated Christmas trees out in the middle of nowhere.
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Understanding the Native Culture
Tlingit indians have made their home in the Chilkat Valley for centuries. Storytelling is integral to the culture with ownership of the tales closely held. Lively theatrical presentations are staged weekly thoroughout summer at Ft. Seward. The storytelling group of the Chilkat Dancer's theatre troups use elaborate costumes and mask to bring Tlingit legends to life. The Chilkat Center for the Arts on the grounds of Ft. Seward is the home of famous Chilkat Dancers and Lust for Dust (a local melodrama) both are staged in the summer. The Chilkat Dancers are among the most famous native dance troups in the world. Also at the center at the Alaska Indian Arts located on the edge of the parade grounds at Ft. Seward, you may see them carving totems or examples of fine indian art. The Sheldon museum also gives a very good overview of native traditions.
Pretty cool driftwood
As you walk along the beach, you can find some unusual driftwood. One guy, whom I believe goes by the name 'Crazy Joe' likes to fashion the wood into art along different beaches.
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