Tribe seeks return of artifacts taken from abandoned Alaska village

21 Apr 2014 4:46 PM | Anonymous

Tribe seeks return of artifacts taken from abandoned Alaska village

Alex DeMarban
A prominent Southeast Alaska cultural leader says that Yale University's museum that has held onto a pair of Tlingit carvings taken from an abandoned village more than a century ago should voluntarily return the items instead of waiting for tribal officials to make a formal request.Courtesy Yale University
         

An East Coast museum that houses a pair of Tlingit carvings taken from an abandoned village more than a century ago should voluntarily return the items instead of waiting for tribal officials to make a formal request, said a prominent cultural leader from Southeast Alaska.

At issue are a pair of large wooden crests on display at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University. The relics, including a bird that was part of a shaman’s gravesite, once adorned totem poles, museum officials said.

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20140419/tribe-seeks-return-artifacts-taken-abandoned-alaska-village

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