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Tlingit hat from Wrangell sells for $365,000


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The Sotheby's auction website shows Lot 88 with a description. Native organizations across Southeast mobilized last Tuesday and Wednesday to try to reclaim the hat for the Wrangell Kiks.áadi clan.

WRANGELL - According to news reports, a Tlingit hat sold for $365,000 on the auction block at Sotheby's of New York May 21.

The hat's sale had been opposed by local Alaskan Natives and board members of the SEALAKSA corporation on the grounds that as a sacred at.óow object, it never should have left possession of the Wrangell Kiks.áadi clan in the first place. The hat was in the style of an Aleut hunting cap with Tlingit embossments and accents and was carved by master carver Wiliam Ukas, who carved the basis for the post office totem pole.

An online drive aiming to fund a return of the ha...

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