Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, & Tsimshian

The Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples reside in Southeast Alaska and Southwest Canada and speak four distinct languages. They divide themselves into a social system of moieties, phratries, and clans. 

Non-Fiction Books: Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian History & Culture

Anóoshi lingit aaní ká = Russians in Tlingit America : the battles of Sitka, 1802 and 1804 edited by Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Richard Dauenhauer, and Lydia T. Black

Art of the Northwest coast by Aldona Jonaitis

Celebration : Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian dancing on the land by Rosita Worl

The canoe rocks : Alaska’s Tlingit and the Euramerican frontier, 1800-1912 by Ted C Hinkley 

Doing battle with the Halibut People : the Tlingit, Haida, & Tsimshian halibut hook by Chuck Smythe

Haa Atxaayi Haa Kusteeyix Sitee = Our Food is our Tlingit Way of Life : Excerpts of Oral Interviews by Richard G Newton 

Haa aaní, Our land : Tlingit and Haida Land Rights and Use by Walter Rochs Goldschmidt

Haa Kusteeyí, Our Culture : Tlingit Life Stories by Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer

Haa Shuká, Our Ancestors : Tlingit Oral Narratives by Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer

Haa Tuwunáagu Yís, For Healing Our Spirit : Tlingit Oratory by Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer

Images of a People : Tlingit Myths and Legends by Mary Helen Pelton and Jacqueline DiGennaro

In honor of Eyak : the art of Anna Nelson Harry by Anna Nelson Harry

Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast by Hilary Stewart 

The Tlingit : An Introduction to Their Culture and History by Wallace M. Olson 

The Tlingit Indians by George Thornton Emmons 

The Tlingit Indians in Russian America, 1741-1867 by A.V. Grinev

Tlingit : Their Art, Culture & Legends by Dan & Nan Kaiper 

Tsimshian Culture: a Light through the Ages by Jay Miller

Unsettling native art histories on the Northwest coast edited by Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse and Aldona Jonaitis


Magazines & Journals

Though no longer in publication, these periodicals are a good resource for historical information:

The glacier.

Kil Ka̓as-Git.

The Metlakahtlan.

Neek, news of the native community.

Sitka, as the raven sees it.


The Thlinget.

Books about the Tlingit, Haida, & Tsimshian Peoples