Father William Duncan, an Anglican missionary, strove to eliminate Tsimshian beliefs and dances and Christianize the people of Metlakatla, but they have resurrected their past and perform old dances in traditional regalia. The best place to catch these performances is at the longhouse—Le Sha'as in the Tsimshian dialect—that faces Metlakatla's boat harbor. Three totem poles stand in back of the building, and a Tsimshian design covers the front. Inside are displays of Native crafts and a model of fish traps once common throughout the Inside Passage. Native dance groups perform here on Wednesday and Friday in summer. Next to the longhouse is the Artists' Village, with booths displaying locally made arts and crafts. The longhouse and village open when groups and tours are present.
Metlakatla, Alaska, United States