Weston Haa Aaní Alliance Products
Weston is beyond stoked to partner up with Tlingit artist Crystal Worl of Trickster Company and form the Haa Aaní Alliance with our fellow brands - Zeal Optics, Smartwool, Pret, and MountainFLOW Eco-Wax to create the visual storytelling of The Salmon Way of Life (Xâat Kusteeyí). Our environment is circular and our watersheds begin in the mountains. As skiers and boarders, we share a responsibility to ensure that everything downstream from us thrives as we enjoy our ability to slay pow.
This collaboration has resulted in a unique collection of goggles, skis, snowboards, socks and accessories featuring Worl's artwork. The artwork honors her heritage and a portion of proceeds benefits three non-profit organizations: Yukon Salmon, Wild Salmon Center and the North Atlantic Salmon Fund.
You can purchase the following Haa Aani Alliance products from Weston:
Skyline Skis x Haa Aaní Alliance
Backwoods Splitboard x Haa Aaní Alliance
Eclipse Splitboard x Haa Aaní Alliance
Backwoods Snowboard x Haa Aaní Alliance
Eclipse Snowboard x Haa Aaní Alliance
Haa Aaní Facemask
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For the Tlingit of Southeast Alaska, culture revolves around the land and its resources. The Tlingit believe that when they take care of the land and its inhabitants, the land in turn takes care of them. This concept is often summarized with the Tlingit phrase Haa Aaní, which means “Our Land”.
There also exists a cycle known as Xáat Kusteeyí (hut-koost-ee-yee), or "Salmon Way of Life" in English. The forests and waterways that shelter salmon runs provide an abundance for the Tlingit and Alaskan people, and are a resource to be respected. For the Tlingit people specifically, animals are viewed as members of the same social universe as the people beside them. These relationships to nature are reflected in art, dance, stories and crests. Xáat Kusteeyí, as an extension of Haa Aaní, focuses on utilizing salmon respectfully and sustainably. By protecting the salmon and its habitat, the salmon provide people with sustenance, community, and kinship in return.
For Crystal Worl, the Tlingit artist whose art inspires this collection, growing up in Southeast Alaska with her grandmother, days were spent harvesting traditional foods. Crystal and her people’s endurance comes from the land on which they hunt, fish and live a subsistent life.