Story last updated at 6/20/2012 - 2:01 pm
Huna Totem Corporation's Cultural Heritage Guides Alice Haldane and Bertha Franulovich welcoming American Cruise Lines' American Spirit on its inaugural visit to Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. American Cruise Lines' Captain Johnson is pictured with the two Huna Tlingit women.
Glacier Bay is the ancestral homeland of the Huna Tlingit people. Huna Totem Corporation is the Native village corporation owned by approximately 1,300 Native Alaskans with aboriginal ties to Sít' Eeti Gheeyi, the Tlingit name for Glacier Bay.
Throughout the summer, five cultural heritage guides, including Haldane and Franulovich, will share traditional Tlingit songs, stories, history and their modern way of life with cruise ship passengers aboard American Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Alaskan Dream Cruises, Lindblad Expeditions, InnerSea Discoveries and American Safari Cruises and at the Glacier Bay Lodge. American Cruise Lines has 12 scheduled cruises in Alaska through August. The small-ship cruise company announced its entry into the Alaska cruise market in April 2011. American Cruise Lines operates the newest fleet of small ships in the industry and offers more than 35 unique itineraries along the inland waterways and rivers of the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River System and East Coast of the United States.