New York, East
25 May 1999
A TLINGIT CEREMONIAL DANCING BLANKET,
Woven in black, ivory, yellow, blue, and green wool and cedar bark fiber in a crest pattern based on a killer whale motif, the head depicted below, the face at center represents the torso, the flukes of the tail are depicted along the upper border, the two rounded side wing designs represent two halves of the dorsal fin, the side panels representing the sides and back of the whale, simultaneously representing an eagle sitting, the wing in front of the body towards the center field
67in. (170.2cm.) long
This blanket was originally collected by A.D. Ferrier, a geologist in 1899 while visiting Stika, Alaska.
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For a discussion of this crest pattern see Emmons, 1907, pg. 383, fig. 572 (a).
This blanket is accompanied by a copy of Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History, Volume III, Part IV, by George T. Emmons and a black and white photograph of a dance ceremony dated 1899 by Merrill.
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