G̱unahéen [Different Water]: A Portrait Series of Tlingit & Haida Women Living in California
This digital storytelling project layers drawing, images, and interviews with Tlingit and Haida women living in diaspora to tell their story of migration, kinship, and survivance during the COVID19 pandemic.
Tlingit and Haida ancestral homelands are in Southeast Alaska, but they have also travelled south along the coastline to what is now known as California for millenia. Today, there is a community of over 900 registered members living in California of the regional tribe: The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, which we have a village branch in the Bay Area called the Tlingit and Haida San Francisco Community Council.
G̱unahéen means “different water” in Lingít. We are Tlingit and Haida women living in different waters, but we are also connected by the same water. G̱unahéen privileges Indigenous futures by imagining our descendents as whole, changing, and connected to Haa Shuká [our ancestors].
G̱unahéen bridges us across lands, wearing masks to protect our community, and adapting in an always changing present.