Tlingit Indian Bands, Gens and Clans

Many tribes have sub-tribes, bands, gens, clans and phratry.  Often very little information is known or they no longer exist.  We have included them here to provide more information about the tribes.

Chak (eagle). A name given by the northern Tlingit to one of the two phratries into which they are divided.

Chukanedi (bush or grass people) . A clan among the Huna division of the Tlingit, belonging to the Wolf phratry. Anciently they are said to have stood low in the social scale. Their principal emblem was the porpoise.

Daktlawedi. A Tlingit clan belonging to the Wolf phratry. It is found at Tongas, Killisnoo, and among the Chilkat, while the Tsaguedi of Kake is a branch.

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Deshuhittan (people of the house at the end of the road). A Tlingit clan at Killisnoo, Alaska, belonging to the Raven phratry. Formerly they lived at Angun.

Ganahadi (people of Ganak,’ an island somewhere near the s. end of Alaska). A Tlingit division which is said to have moved from below the present town of Port Simpson, Brit. Col., and to have separated into several branches, of which one settled at Tongas, another at Taku, a third at Chilkat, a fourth at Yakutat, and, according to one informant, a fifth at Klawak. (J. R. S.)

Goch (wolf ). The name given by the southern Tlingit to one of the two sides or phratries into which the Tlingit are divided. The northern Tlingit call this phratry Chak, q. v.

Hehlkoan (‘people of Foam) A Tlingit division at Wrangell, Alaska, belonging to the Wolf clan. They are named from a place called Foam (Xēł), close to Loring, where they lived before joining the Stikine.

Hlkoayedi (Łqo′ayedi). A Tlingit division at Klawak, Alaska, said to be part of the Shunkukedi, q. v. (J. R. S.)

Hokedi (Xōq!e′dî, ‘people of Xōq!’) . A Tlingit clan at Wrangell, Alaska, belonging to the Wolf phratry. They are named from a place (Xōq!) opposite Old Wrangell.


Hodge, Frederick Webb, Compiler. The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Bureau of American Ethnology, Government Printing Office. 1906.

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