Issues Background
Vol. 21 No. 4
Winter 2020
American Indian magazine Winter 2020 cover featuring a Tlingit hat with raven face

On the Cover

This cedar woven crest hat features the painted face of a Raven, one of the animals that represent the two moieties that balance the Tlingit world. On the hat’s reverse is the face of a whale, from which the Raven is said to be bursting forth. The painting on the hat is by Naak’ushtáa, a Dakhl’aweidí carver. It was repatriated to the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska on behalf of the Tlex’ L’ooknax.ádi (One Coho) clan in 2014.

“Yaay yikdéi wudikíni yéil s’aaxw” (Raven Flying Out of the Whale Hat); 1850–1875; cedar bark, paint and ermine pelts; 14” x 20” x 5.8” x 4.7”, 17/6251


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