Tlingit Artifacts Back in SE Alaska After 150 Years on East Coast

Thirty-three sacred Tlingit artifacts are back in Southeast Alaska after spending nearly 150 years at a museum in Massachusetts. The objects include masks, rattles, tools, pipes and a wooden warrior’s helmet collected during the 1860s by Edward Fast, a U-S Army lieutenant stationed in Sitka. Fast later sold the artifacts to the Peabody Museum at Harvard University. Sealaska Heritage Institute President Rosita Worl says most were used by shaman during healing ceremonies.

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

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