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This scene depicts a dramatic moment in a late 19th century potlatch, as the host, a Tlingit chief (right), offers valuable gifts to the noble guest (left).
Salmon, a principal food, were trapped, harpooned, or caught with hook and line.
Tlingit made spoons and bowls out of mountain goat horn, which is black, and mountain sheep horn, which is light.
Women of the Chilkat tribe, a division of the Tlingit people, wove the famous blankets called the Chilkat blankets.
Several items of clothing made of Chilkat blankets are displayed here.
Tlingit women wove baskets of thin segments of spruce root of of flat or twisted cedarbark cordage.
A number of common household implements are shown here.
Tlingit men made boxes from two pieces of wood.
At death, the body of a Tlingit chief or a person of high rank was placed sitting up against the back wall of the house.
Men and women pierced the septum of the nose and the rim of the ear for the attachment of ornaments; women, in addition, pierced the lower lip in which they inserted a lip plug or labret.