DNA Could Provide Connection Between Tlingits, Haidas and Other Tribal Groups

Southeast Alaska’s largest Native cultural gathering is set for this week in the Capital City. Fifty-five dance groups from Alaska, Canada and the Lower-48 will take the stage during the three-day event. It’s expanded from one hall to a half-dozen venues around downtown Juneau and includes a Native artists market, food contests, films, lectures and demonstrations.

A University of Pennsylvania expert will also be there to collect DNA samples. He’s hoping the genetic-testing effort could provide more information about the connections Tlingits and Haidas have with other tribal groups.

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