TLINGIT HISTORIAN SHAAXHWAA SHAAY EESH (FRED HOPE) BORN
Of the Kiks.adi (Raven) Clan, Point House, Fred was born in Sitka, Alaska (AK). In their youth, Fred and his brother Herb were affected by tuberculosis and both hospitalized. One of the first Natives to attend a Sitka high school, Hope graduated from Sheldon Jackson High School in 1954, commercially fished with his father, and served in the U.S. Army. He held a variety of jobs throughout his life, including as a taxi driver, a laborer, and department supervisor for Alaska Lumber and Pulp until it closed in 1993. Fred was active in the Alaska Native Brotherhood and, in later years, became involved in Tlingit cultural documentation and history projects. With brother Herb, he documented and organized a Kiks.adi survival march in 1994 and 1996, reenacting the original Kiks.adi march to Chichagof Island following the 1804 battle between the Tlingits and Russians at Indian River. Fred also enjoyed painting and drawing, fishing, hunting, hiking, and cycling. Hope passed away in Sitka, on July 20, 2019.
Source: “Fred H. Hope, 84, Dies; Services to be on Aug. 1,” Sitka Sentinel, 7/27/2019. Retrieved 7/8/2022, Fred H. Hope, 84, Dies; Services to be on Aug. 1 (sitkasentinel.com) Photo: Denali National Park and Reserve, 6/29/2010. Public Domain.