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Tlingit craftsman gives TED talk in Petersburg


Kyle Clayton / Petersburg Pilot

Tommy Joseph presenting a TED talk about Tlingit battledress in Assembly Chambers last week.

Tommy Joseph, master woodcarver and Tlingit artist, gave a Technology, Education and Design talk in the borough assembly chambers last Thursday. Joseph talked about his experiences traveling the world learning about Tlingit battledress and how he incorporated that knowledge into pieces he crafted called “Rainforest Warriors” that are in display at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau.

His work was inspired in 2004 while researching the battledress used during 1804’s Battle of Sitka that pitted the Russians against Tlingit warriors.

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