Tlingit Clan Leader Hat, Cedar, abalone shell, paint. Gift of Agnes McDonald, 1919.
Tlingit Clan Leader Hat, Cedar, abalone shell, paint. Gift of Agnes McDonald, 1919.

Reclaiming Culture: The Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska Repatriation

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, in accordance with the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, is displaying 16 artifacts from its collection one last time before returning the items to their rightful owners, the indigenous Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest, whose name means “People of the Tides.” In 2018, a tribally appointed Tlingit delegation was sent to Spokane to review the museum’s American Indian collection of artifacts. This delegation determined that the MAC possessed 16 artifacts that qualified as culturally significant under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Once the exhibition ends on May 2, the artifacts will be returned to the Tlingit people.

Feb. 9-May 2; open Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm, currently by reservation only • $7-$12 • Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture • 2316 W. First Ave. • northwestmuseum.org • 456-3931

— Spencer Brown

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