A rattle attributed to woodcarver Kadjisdu.axch, who lived 200 years ago in a village near modern-day Wrangell, recently sold at auction for $504,500. The Tlingit artist influences carvers in Southeast Alaska to this day.
The Juneau School Board voted unanimously to accept the gift of a Tlingit name for Juneau-Douglas High School. Yadaa.at Kalé is a name given to Mt. Juneau, meaning “beautifully adorned face.”
Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska have carved wood paddles and other works of art using tools and methods developed over thousands of years. But that’s not to say this art form is incompatible with new technology.
“There’s enough that divides us,” said Tlingit & Haida council President Richard Peterson. “I always think about people who already feel marginalized and then you have something that maybe differentiates them more. Instead of putting that down, let’s celebrate what makes us different and unique.”