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l’eix k’oodás’ “dance tunic”
Language: Lingít

Keet áyá yáat. (This is the Killer Whale.) Yaa haa Lingídee, kéi haa nasdagee. (Representing Tlingits, when we were migrating.) On the back, there are waves to remind them of when we were migrating from down south.

—Anna Katzeek, 2005

This Chilkat tunic depicts the Killer Whale. Its head takes up the lower half, including large eyes above a wide mouth and row of teeth. Two round nostrils appear in the center of the mouth. The whale’s blowhole is indicated by the spirit face at the center of the shirt; and its body, by the larger face directly above that. The flukes spread across the top part of the shirt and smaller designs along the sides show the fins. Waves woven on the back refer to the ancient migration of the Dakl’aweidee, owners of the Killer Whale crest.

Culture: Tlingit
Region: Southeast Alaska
Object Category: Clothing
Object Type: Tunic
Dimensions: Length 101cm
Accession Date: 1904
Source: George T. Emmons (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E229789