After surviving a 1792 attack by a Tlingit war party in Prince William Sound, future Governor of Russian Alaska Alexander Baranov described the Tlingit warriors as wearing "thick helmets with figures of monsters on them.
Eight Native cultural objects are returning home after a long struggle following an even longer absence.
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska tribe has demanded the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology return artifacts the tribe considers sacred.
Louis V. Shotridge (1882-1935) was a Tlingit ethnologist from Southeast Alaska who worked for the Penn Museum. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology recently opened the Louis Shotridge Digital Archive of Tlingit Art, Culture, and Heritage at penn.museum/collections/shotridge/index.html.
When Harold Jacobs, a Tlingit, saw a Native headband made of braided hair in a Philadelphia museum this month, he knew whose hair it was. He sang its song. Jacobs' great-great-great-great-great grandmother of Angoon had cut her hair, made it into a headband and given it to her husband to be remembered by, said Leonard John, executive director of the Kootznoowoo Cultural and Educational Foundation.
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