|Button blanket - eagle/raven design, 1980|
The Tlingit (/ˈklɪŋkɨt/) are a native people group of the Southeast Alaskan coast. The name translates to "People of the Tides". In the town of Ketchikan, on our recent Alaskan visit, we went to the Totem Heritage Center
, where we found far more than totem poles on display. I didn't take any pictures of the poles, because the sheer size of them made it impossible for me to get good images of both the details and the scale of them with my little point-and-shoot. However...
|Beaded dance collar, shark design|
Yeah, the beadwork! Beautiful and very interesting. The museum has both older and contemporary pieces in the collection and they invite picture taking. There are some unfortunate lights overhead that reflect in some of my shots, but they did prevent me from needing to use a flash and thus annoying other guests! Here are some of the highlights:
|Headband, killer whale crest|
|Miniature button vest, killer whale crest|
|Beaded leather bag, floral design, ca 1900|
|Beaded felt emblem, eagle design|
|Beaded picture frame, bird and floral design|
Next week in Part two
, I'll show you a few more art forms featured by the center!
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