Metlakatla, the abbreviated definition meaning "salt water passage" in Shim-all-giack (the
language of the Tsimshian), is located on Annette Island, 15 miles southwest of Ketchikan, Alaska. It is near the
southern end of the Alexander Archipelago, a chain of hundreds of rugged, glacially carved islands interwoven with
deep fjords and protected passages. It is located approximately midway in the Inside Passage between Seattle, Washington,
about 600 miles to the south, and Skagway, Alaska, 600 miles to the north.