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Object #2
Object nameTunic
Culture of OriginHaida
MaterialsTrade Cloth, Red, Blue, Wool, Blue
TechniquesCut, Appliqued, Sewn
DimensionsL: 82.0 cm, W: 63.0 cm
Exhibit LabelThe ethnological collections of the Washington State Museum (now the Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum) were greatly enlarged by the acquisition of the Emmons collection of Tlingit material at the close of the Alaskaka-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909. At that time, curator Frank Hall began to catalog the collection. Perhaps arbitrarily, since Hall had to start somewhere, a pair of Haida dance shirts collected by James Swan for the Washington exhibit at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago were given the catalog numbers 1 and 2. The design on the front of the tunic represents a sea lion, while the one on the back is a killer whale, or orca. Killer whale and sea lions are crests of the Haida Raven phratry. (Holm, Spirit and Ancestor, 1987)
SourceWashington World's Fair Commission
CreditGift of Washington World's Fair Commission

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