Kaigani is a cultural feature (locale) in Prince of Wales-Hyder (CA) Borough. The primary coordinates for Kaigani places it within the 99922 ZIP Code delivery area.
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|Category:||Alaska physical, cultural and historic features|
|Description:||At the SW end of Dall Island, on Cape Muzon, N of Dixon Entrance; site of summer camp or village of Haida Indians, Alex. Arch.|
|History:||Haida Indian name given in 1880 by Sheldon Jackson. J.R. Swanton, Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE), says "Kaigani * * * A division of the Haida * * * Their name is derived from that of a camping place or summer settlement where they were accustomed to assemble to meet incoming vessels and to trade with the whites. The Kaigani emigrated from the NW end of Queen Charlotte Island between 150 and 200 years ago [early 1700's], drove the Tlingit (Koluschan) from the S end of Prince of Wales Isalnd, and took possession of their towns. The most importnat of these settlements were Sukwan, Klinkwan, Howkan, and Kasaan, which bear their old Tlingit names * * * Like many Tlingit tribes, but unlike other Haida, the Kaigani subdivisions took their names from the name given to some individual house * * *" (Hodge, 1907, p642). The villages of Howkan, Klinkwan, and Sukkwan were absorbed in the late 1800's by the former village of Kaigani, which in turn, was abandoned in 1911 when the village of Hydaburg was established in order to centralize the school system.|
|Borough:||Prince of Wales-Hyder (CA) Borough|
|Search for:||Kaigani Address & Phone Number|
|Long Island, AK (16.5 miles N)|