By Clarise Larson
Juneau Empire 

Angoon celebrates first new dugout canoe since naval bombardment in 1882


November 2, 2022

Clarise Larson/Juneau Empire

Children sit in a dugout canoe in Angoon on Oct. 26. The dugout was dedicated to mark the 140th anniversary of the bombardment of the community. In 1882, the U.S. Navy opened fire on Angoon, burning the village and destroying all but one in its fleet of canoes. The new dugout was carved by Tlingit master carver Wayne Price and students in the Chatham School District.

Dozens of hands small and large held a firm grip on the 30-foot-long dugout canoe they pushed down Angoon's Front Street despite their shoes slipping on the rain-soaked road.

Neither the potholes on the road nor the rain on Oct. 26 seemed to discourage the more than 50 Chatham School District students and Angoon residents from pushing what was the first dugout canoe made in Angoon since the U.S. Navy bombardment 140 years ago. The 1882 bombardment destroyed all but one of its fleet of dugout canoes and burned the village of Angoon.

When the U.S. Navy opened fire on and burned the village of...

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