Visit Náay I’waans

September 04 2015

Visit Náay I’waans

If you are looking for a one of a kind adventure while staying at Kevin’s Cabins, Náay I’waans may be just the place for you. Náay I’waans which is also called Chief Son-i-hat’s House or the Whale House is a 2 1/2 hour drive south of Coffman Cove in the village of Kasaan. Náay I’waans is the oldest known Haida structure in the United States and was built by the Chief as a means of escape for his people during a small pox outbreak in Old Kasaan in the 1880’s.  The village of Kasaan hasn’t changed much over the past 50 years with it’s trails and longhouses standing the test of time. Náay I’waans is the cultural center of the village and has been lovingly maintained and restored over the years.  The carvings are beautiful and vibrant thanks to the sharp adze and attention to detail of several carvers in the community. This area is an unique glimpse into modern Haida culture as well as the Haida culture of the past. Visitors can tour the structure as well as visit the carving shed for a lesson on how such carving is created.

The current restoration is scheduled to be shared in a rededication ceremony on September 3rd, 2016. For more information or to donate to the restoration you can read this article, visit www.kasaan.org  or call 907-442-2230.